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Congratulations to the LFI 2013 Award Winners and Finalists

Trade show season is well underway for the lighting and design industries! There seem to be industry events and home show exhibitions almost every week. With exhibits to construct, new products to “display” and awards to be won, this is a very busy time for lighting designers and manufacturers. Here at Lightology, we have the delightful job of taking it all in and finding the very best of what’s on offer.

We’d like to extend our sincerest congratulations to the winners and finalists of the 2013 LFI Innovation Awards, held April 21 – 25 at the Lightfair International Trade Show & Conference in Philadelphia, PN. A special congratulations to Philips, Pure Edge Lighting, Tech Lighting, Juno Lighting, Osram Sylvania, Lighting Science Group and WAC Lighting.

Philips Boldplay | LFI 2013 Most Innovative Product of the Year

Philips Boldplay | LFI 2013 Most Innovative Product of the Year

Philips took home the “Most Innovative Product of the Year” title for its new Boldplay linear architectural LED, which also won the ‘Commercial Indoor Product’ category. The Philips Hue personal lighting system won the Judge’s Citation Award and also won the ‘Dynamic Color, Theatrical, Cove, Strips and Tape’ category. Philips was also a finalist in the ‘Controls, Building Integration, Site Automation and Distribution Systems’ category for the Color Kinetics IntelliPower. Congratulations, Philips, for such a fantastic year at Lightfair!

Philips Hue | LFI 2013 Judge's Citation Award Winner

Philips Hue | LFI 2013 Judge’s Citation Award Winner

 

Category Winners: Highlights  

Indoor Decorative (Chandeliers, Pendants, Sconces, Task Lights)

Finalist: Pure Edge Lighting – Truline 1.6, Plaster-In LED System

Pure Lighting | Tru Line 1.6 Plaster-In LED System | LFI 2013 Finalist: Indoor Decorative

Pure Lighting | Tru Line 1.6 Plaster-In LED System | LFI 2013 Finalist: Indoor Decorative

Combining minimalist design with state-of-the-art technology, Pure Lighting produces unparalleled, innovative lighting that blends seamlessly into drywall or plaster to become part of the architecture. Pure Lighting’s Truly Trimless recessed fixtures feature advanced LED and LED RGB technology within concealed lighting components to provide a clean, glare-free look ideal for commercial or residential applications.

Recessed Downlights (Wall Washers, Directionals, Modulars, Multiples)

Finalist: Juno Lighting – Indy Architectural LED Advanced Technology, Color Tuning and Black Body Dimming

Juno Lighting | Indy Architectural LED Advanced Technology, Color Tuning and Black Body Dimming | LFI 2013 Finalist: Recessed Downlight Category

Juno Lighting | Indy Architectural LED Advanced Technology, Color Tuning and Black Body Dimming | LFI 2013 Finalist: Recessed Downlight Category

Founded in 1976, Juno Lighting Inc. is one of the largest designers and manufacturers of recessed lighting and track lighting. Their high quality, well-engineered and attractive fixtures are easy to install and suited for a wide range of residential, commercial and retail applications.

Conventional, Retrofit and Replacement LED Lamps

Winner: Osram Sylvania – OCTRON® 800 XP® XL SUPERSAVER® T8 Fluorescent Lamps

Finalist: Osram Sylvania – LUMALUX PLUS® XL ECOLOGIC® HPS Lamps

Osram Sylvania | Octron 800 | LFI 2013 Category Winner: Conventional, Retrofit and Replacement LED Lamps

Osram Sylvania | Octron 800 | LFI 2013 Category Winner: Conventional, Retrofit and Replacement LED Lamps

Osram Sylvania offers light bulbs, transformers, power supplies and other lighting products in its commitment to make our world more comfortable, more productive and more imaginative. Osram Sylvania’s lifestyle solutions are suited to homes, businesses and institutions, automobiles and a broad range of specialty applications.

Controls, Building Integration, Site Automation and Distribution Systems

Finalist: Lutron Electronics – Lutron’s Embedded Ecosystem Technology

Finalist: Philips – Philips Color Kinetics IntelliPower

Dynamic Color, Theatrical, Cove, Strips and Tape

Winner: Philips – Hue personal wireless lighting system

Finalist:  Tech Lighting (Generation Brands) – Unilume LED Micro Channel

Tech Lighting | Unilume LED Micro Channel | LFI 2013 Category Finalist: Dynamic Color, Theatrical, Cove, Strips and Tape

Tech Lighting | Unilume LED Micro Channel | LFI 2013 Category Finalist: Dynamic Color, Theatrical, Cove, Strips and Tape

Originally established as a leading designer of architectural lighting, the Tech Lighting brand has since evolved to offer an expansive selection of lighting solutions for both residential and commercial applications, including low- and line-voltage decorative pendants, chandeliers, wall sconces, bath bars and bath lighting, directional track heads, ceiling fixtures and picture lights.

Track, Display, Undercabinet and Shelf

Finalist: WAC Lighting – LINE Edge-Lit LED Barlight

Industrial, Vandal, Emergency and Exit

Finalist: Lighting Science Group – VividGro™ LED Grow Light

Commercial Indoor (Linear Fluorescent, Troffers, Suspended, Surface, LED, OLED)

Winner: Philips – BoldPlay

About Lightfair International

Lightfair is co-owned by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD). AMC, Inc. produces and manages the annual event.

Lightfair 2014: June 1-5, 2014 – Las Vegas, NV

For more information and a forcomplete list of this year’s LFI Award winners and finalists, visit Lightfair International online.

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Global Classrooms of Chicago Visits Lightology for Hands-On Education

Global Classrooms of Chicago - Students on the Lightology Roof Deck

On Wednesday, a lively and engaged crew of high school students from Global Classrooms of Chicago stopped by our showroom for a hands-on learning experience. Students from Kenny Bae’s Urban Planning class visited Lightology to learn about lighting and electricity.

It was a different crowd than our usual student tours, typically given to college-aged students of design. We welcomed the younger group with open arms and were thrilled to find them so captivated by the tour, led by Lightology sales consultant and lighting expert, Jeremy Baker.

Global Classrooms Students Learn About Pure Lighting at Lightology

Favoring hands-on experience over textbook learning, Global Classrooms of Chicago engages students from various Chicago public schools in a supplementary, industry-driven education.

They are working on a project to re-light a room with more energy-efficient, less expensive fixtures. They stopped by today to get a feel for creative, more efficient & economic ways of doing so. At the end of their project they will submit a business proposal, and the best plan will be used to re-light one room of their school.

About Global Classrooms

Established in 2001, Global Classrooms has grown into an international program working in 24 cities around the world. Sponsored by the United Nations Association of the USA (USA-UN), the program’s purpose is teaching students in underserved communities to be global citizens by bridging “the gap in the Model UN community between experienced programs and traditionally underserved public schools.” (USNA.org)

At the core of the Global Classrooms’ curriculum is the Model UN Conference, where students roleplay as international delegates and debate a variety of issues that challenge today’s global community.

Chicago’s Model UN Summit is TODAY!   (April 26, 2013)

GC Chicago – Lightology Student Tour – Photo Gallery

Jeremy Baker Explains the Art and Science Behind Pure Recessed LightingLightology Sales Consultant Jeremy Baker Talks Lighting Design

Global Classrooms Students Absorbed in the Morpheus Room DemonstrationGlobal Classrooms Students Absorbed in the Morpheus Room Lighting DemonstrationGlobal Classrooms Students Take Photos in the Morpheus Room

Global Classrooms Students Learn About Softline RGB LED at Lightology

Global Classrooms Students Learn About Softline RGB LED at Lightology
Swarovski Chandelier at LightologyGlobal Classrooms students admire some chandeliers at LightologyGlobal Classrooms Students Climb the 'Evolution of Light' Stairwell - Reach the Disco EraGlobal Classrooms Students Relax in Lightology's Rooftop Cocoon
Global Classrooms Students Dig Our Giant Rooftop Horse LampGlobal Classrooms Students Enjoying Lightology's Roofdeck
Global Classrooms Students Enjoying Lightology's Rooftop LoungeGlobal Classrooms Students Enjoying Lightology's Rooftop LoungeGlobal Classrooms Students Learn About Chandeliers at Lightology

To learn more about Global Classrooms and Global Classrooms of Chicago, visit their website.

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Congratulations to Sonneman, Winner of ASID NY Metro ‘Top Pick’ 2013 Award for Lighting Design

Last month marked the 12th annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show. Held in New York at Pier 94, the show drew a mixed crowd of design professionals and homeowners alike to exhibits from more than 400 luxury home furnishing companies.

The event was co-sponsored by the New York Chapter of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), which honored retailers, manufacturers and design firms in 11 distinct home design categories as its ‘Top Picks’ for the show. 

Contemporary lighting favorite Sonneman ® – A Way of Light won the ASID 2013 ‘Top Pick’ Award in the Lighting Design category. Highlights of the Sonneman display included sleek and innovative LED fixtures like the new Quattro™ desk lamp and the Corona and Starflex™ pendants.

Starflex™ LED Pendant - Sonneman® A Way of Light

Starflex™ LED Pendant – Sonneman® A Way of Light

Corona LED Pendant – Sonneman® A Way of Light

Corona LED Pendant – Sonneman® A Way of Light

© Sonneman® - A Way of Light

Joining the next generation of LED task lighting, the revolutionary Quattro™ desk lamp is 25% brighter and 25% more energy efficient than traditional LED desk lamps. Available soon at Lightology.com. © Sonneman® – A Way of Light

Innovative Design – LED Technology

We had the opportunity to interview Robert Sonneman about his new LED innovations at the January Dallas Lighting Market, the biggest event of the year for the US lighting industry.

Sonneman® – A Way of Light

Founded by Robert Sonneman in 2003, the lighting manufacturer develops sleek and functionalist lighting at the forefront of cutting-edge contemporary design.

Robert Sonneman pioneered modern lighting making it an art form. World renowned and acclaimed for clean lines and alliance to form and function, his award winning designs have been at the forefront of the design world for over four decades. Sonneman’s designs have been on display at the Museum of Modern Art and the Chicago Art Institute, among other museums.

Update: Design Bureau interviewed Robert Sonneman for the magazine’s July 2013 issue. Read their blog post for some great excerpts. 

About ASID

With over 30,000 members, the American Society of Interior Designers is the oldest and largest professional organization for interior designers in the US. Local chapters like ASID NY Metro serve local communities.

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Congratulations, Edge Lighting! 2012 NGL “Best in Class”

 Last month, Next Generation Luminaires (NGL) held an awards ceremony for the winners of its 2012 Outdoor Design Competition. Congratulations to Edge Lighting for earning the highly sought-after “Best in Class” trophy for its TV LED and Dial LED wall sconces.

Best in ClassCongratulations to Edge Lighting for a stellar performance in the 2012 Next Generation Luminaires Outdoor Competition.

Co-created by the US Department of Energy (DOE), the annual NGL competition recognizes design and production excellence in high quality, white-light LED light fixtures available on the commercial market. Judged based on quality of light (color, consistency, distribution, and brightness), serviceability, energy efficiency, value, innovation and controllability, the winning products represent innovative, energy-efficient lighting at its finest.

Of the 176 LED products submitted to the NGL 2012 Outdoor Competition, 37 received awards as “Recognized” winners. At the judges’ discretion, only five of the 37 winning products merited the “Best in Class” distinction, reserved only for those products standing head and shoulders above the rest. Edge’s TV LED and Dial LED were two of the five.

TV & Dial LED

One of three lighting manufacturers to clinch this title, Edge Lighting was the only company to earn “Best in Class” for more than one product.

 Past Wins for PureEdge Lighting

Since 2009, a total of seven Edge Lighting products have earned NGL awards, including “Best in Class” for TV LED and Dial LED wall sconces, as well as four “Recognized Winner” award in previous competitions. Edge Lighting’s sister company, Pure Lighting, also earned an award in 2009 for its stunning Stratus Wall Grazer.

Edge Lighting - Soft Line - 2012 Indoor Competition Winner

2009 – Stratus Wall Grazer – Pure Lighting

– Nautilus LED – Edge Lighting

2010 – Taos LED, Sun3 LED, and Port LED – Edge Lighting

2012 Indoor Competition– Soft Line Indirect LED – Edge Lighting

*There was no competition held in 2011

 

About NGL

Created in 2008 to “recognize and promote excellence” in LED lighting fixture design, the NGL Design Competition is organized by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) and the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD).

At the time, LEDs had only recently made the commercial leap from cheap flashlights with blinding bluish light to practical, beautiful and energy efficient white-light fixtures. Those who recognized LED lighting’s huge potential (lighting industry professionals, environmentalists, etc) decided that it was time to recognize those who were turning that potential into reality.

About PureEdge Lighting

Edge Lighting and its sister company, Pure Lighting, are divisions of Chicago-based PureEdge Lighting.

Form follows function at Edge Lighting, solving basic lighting problems with technical finesse while incorporating the essential elements of contemporary, yet timeless design. Edge Lighting develops and manufactures specification grade, energy efficient fixtures that exhibit superior craftsmanship and aesthetics, while utilizing the latest in engineering technologies.

Pure Lighting combines minimalist design with state-of-the-art technology to produce innovative lighting that seamlessly blends into drywall or plaster ceilings. The revolutionary collection features “Truly Trimless” recessed fixtures, advanced LED RGB technology and concealed lighting components that provide a clean, glare-free internal look ideal for commercial or residential applications.

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Museum of Light

Last Week, a group of 20 design students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) visited the Lightology Showroom for a Lighting Education Tour. Lighting Designer Diane Fairchild and Architect Richard Kasemsarn brought their “Design with Light” class to Lightology for an immersive educational experience.

Catwalk

Students Tour Lightology – View from the Catwalk

The one hour student tour explored fundamental lighting principles, the properties of light, lighting design techniques, and the evolution of electric lighting technology. This design class is one of many to have taken the tour, which evolved over the years as increasing numbers of student groups requested access to Lightology’s space.

 Students Walk Through Color Temperature Stairway (left) and Start at the Bottom of the History of Light Stairwell (right)

Students Tour Color Temperature Stairway (left) – History of Light Stairwell Bottom Landing (right)

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the International Academy of Design & Technology, and Harrington School of Design are but a few of the prestigious design schools that often ask for student tours at Lightology.

Tour leader Andrew Goldman notes, “We’ve heard a lot of feedback that these student groups leave Lightology with a deeper appreciation and understanding of things they’ve been learning about in class. Our exhibits and displays allow them to see and touch the things they learn in books.”

Ascending the History of Light Stairwell

Ascending the History of Light Stairwell

More than a Showroom

Lightology founder and owner Greg Kay sees the tours as a sign that he must be doing something right. The award-winning lighting designer and Master Electrician opened Lightology in 2001 with a mission to offer the finest modern and contemporary lighting in the world. At the same time, he wanted to create a world-class educational center for lighting design.

“For me, Lightology has always been about more than just selling light fixtures—it’s more than a place to browse and shop,” says Kay.

Color Temperature Stairway

Color Temperature Stairway

“When I first had the idea to open Lightology, I knew I wanted people to be able to explore the showroom as they would The Museum of Science and Industry, for example.”

Indeed, it’s no stretch to think of Lightology as Chicago’s Unofficial Museum of Light. The modern, glass-enclosed structure boasts 3 stories of stunning lighting displays and looks more like an art gallery than a lighting store. A variety of eye-catching and unexpected Light Art displays add to the ambience.

Visitors may explore a host of permanent, educational and interactive exhibits on the properties of light and color, the history of electric lighting, and the emergence of LEDs as the future of lighting. A breathtaking exhibit in the Morpheus Room demonstrates the impact of light and lighting systems on architecture, design, and human emotion.

In addition to educational tours for design and architecture students, Lightology’s award-winning showroom also hosts a variety of lighting seminars, industry training sessions, and other events. Complementing these educational experiences is a multitude of cultural events, parties, and photo shoots that take place throughout the year. (Even weddings!)

“Lightology is an experience,” affirms Kay. “It’s an adventure, a resource for lighting education, and really an opportunity to expand people’s notions about light, art, and the world around them.”

For more information, contact Fred Kern at fkern@lightology.com or call 773-770-1143.

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Give the Gift of Light this Year

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, the best-selling and hottest new contemporary lighting fixtures were hand-picked and marked down 20-35% OFF list price (November 1-30) — offering gifts for the design savvy at more affordable prices.

Top Gift Ideas

KONCEPT LIGHTING

Z-Bar® Desk Lamp features the award-winning three-bar design for ultimate reach and flexibility.

The all-LED Generation 3 line from Koncept features enhancements to the multi-award winning fixtures like the Z-bar and Equo. The innovations of Generation 3 include better quality and brightness by equalizing the LED light distribution and a touchstrip that can be smoothly dimmed with the swipe of a finger, or instantly brightened or dimmed with a simple touch.

CERNO LIGHTING

Another brand consisting entirely of LED fixtures, Cerno, is relatively young to the lighting scene. Initially turning heads with their multi-purpose wall sconce turned reading light, Cubo, Cerno solidified their position in the design community with high quality contemporary desk lamps, floor lamps and LED pendants.

ARTEMIDE LIGHTING

Tolomeo has become an icon in the lighting industry, popular across the world and even on display in museums.

Artemide, an icon in the lighting industry, has their top-selling Tizio and Tolomeo lamps: a classic gift that will never go out of style.

EDGE LIGHTING NIGHT OWL READING LIGHT

The Edge Lighting Night Owl series uses a direct beam of LED light, ideal as a bedside reading light that won’t disturb your partner. The wall-mounted Night Owl and Night Owl 3 are available in plug-in and canopy versions with a variety of finishes. The Night Owl 3 also comes with a high/low switch and adjustable beamspread.

LIGHTOLOGY COLLECTION

3POD floor lamp features a black fabric shade and a black carbon steel finish for a classic look that’s equally durable.

Lightology offers its own line of fixtures, the Lightology Collection, which represents the highest pinnacle of design and the latest technological developments.

The Holiday Sale lasts until November 30, 2011.

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LED Lighting Basics and The Lighting Facts Label

In the last two months, Lightology has partnered with top LED manufacturers, Edge Lighting, Pure Lighting and Philips Lightolier to teach Chicago’s architects and designers all about LEDs through educational seminars at our downtown Chicago showroom. Through these presentations, we’ve collected 5 helpful tips on LEDs that anyone can use to make sure they purchase the right LED for any project!

1)    Look for the Lighting Facts Label

Sponsored by the Department of Energy, the Lighting Facts Label is the ‘nutrition facts label’ for LEDs, providing a quick summary of product performance data.

By introducing transparency to the lighting supply chain, the label guards against exaggerated claims and helps ensure a satisfactory experience for lighting buyers.

Luminaire manufacturers who take the pledge agree to use the label to disclose performance results in five areas—lumens, efficacy, watts, correlated color temperature (CCT), and color rendering index (CRI)—as measured by the industry standard for testing photometric performance, IES LM-79-2008.

2)    Color (Correlated Color Temperature)

Students Visit the Color Temperature Wall, which shows all the different colors of light, at the Lightology Showroom

Color Temperature measures light color.

  • “Cool” colors have higher Kelvin temperatures (3600–5500 K).
  • “Warm” colors have lower color temperatures (2700–3500 K).

These colors are charted on the Kelvin scale for you to use when choosing a light source. Many LEDs are developed with a color temperature of 2700K, which is the same as a standard incandescent, or 3000K, which matches the color of Halogen light.

It is important to match the color temperature in all light sources when designing a space, otherwise the differences might be quite noticeable.

3)   Quality (Color Rendering Index)

This picture shows that the colors on the tissue box look better under LEDs with a higher CRI. All three tissue boxes are lit under the same Color Temperature, only the CRI is different.

CRI measures color accuracy, or more specifically, it is the effect of the lamp’s light spectrum on the color appearance of objects.

Based on a scale from 1-100 (100 being the best), a low CRI LED will make colors in fabrics, paint and people look duller, less vibrant. It’s a great idea to place color samples from your project underneath LEDs with differing CRIs to help determine which LED looks best.

Typically, a CRI in the mid-70s and up is acceptable for commercial applications. For residential applications, A CRI of 80 or above is preferable.

4)    Lumens, Watts and Lumens per Watt

This chart shows the comparison in efficacy between an incandescent, fluorescent and LED light source.

Lumens measures light output. The higher the number, the more light is emitted.

Watts are ONLY a measurement of the energy required to light the product. The lower the wattage, the less energy used.

Lumens per Watt is a way to measure efficiency, similar to the Miles Per Gallon you get in your car. The higher this number is, the more efficient your product is.

5)    Thermal Management

The Scope LED Head uses aluminum as a heatsink to pull heat away from the LED, making sure it maintains the 50,000 hour lifespan.

Heat plays a major factor in the lifespan of an LED. LEDs are a condensed point source that gets very hot, so an aluminum heatsink is necessary to dissipate the heat over a larger surface and keep the junction (where the LED meets the circuit board) temperature below 80°C.

Running an LED just a few degrees too warm can shorten the lifespan of an LED up to 50%! A good rule of thumb is in an open air environment, the LED needs 2.5 square inches of heatsink for every 1 watt.

Use Edge Lighting’s Scope LED as an example. At 9 watts, the scope needs 22 sq. inches of heatsink. The cylindrical fixture is 2.24”W x 4”H. You use the formula below to determine the square inches of the aluminum fixture (the heatsink).

Width x π x Height

2.24 x 3.14 x 4 = 28 square inches

The Scope LED fixture exceeds the required amount of heatsink to guarantee LED lifespan. Keep in mind that enclosed fixtures, like recessed LEDs can require around 15 square inches per 1 watt, so the heatsinks on these fixtures will be much larger, but still hidden from view.

Download a PDF of our Lamp Comparison Chart to see some of the basic differences between lighting options available to you.

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Design With Light Finalists Announced

Wow … that’s all there is to say.

With over 80 entries submitted, we got to see everything from unique applications to gigantic jellyfish — and we were impressed.

Below are our 13 finalists! And don’t forget, there will be online voting for a People’s Choice Award, so keep in touch with us on facebook or twitter to vote for your favorites.

Thank you all for submitting designs that were creative, unique and just FUN!

Taut by Derek Porter Studio - Derek Porter and Chad Bristow

Stratus by Elliot Eakin

Lights Out by Sam Matson

Sparkle Globe by Sepp Spenlinhauer and Brian Fasset

Record Dress by Curtis Cassell

Seena by Randy Kramer

Illusion by Tricia Thomas

LED Soft Strip/Monorail by Dru Wallon

Light Shell by John Clark

Planter by Aimee Taylor

Hortus Sculptura by Kristin Taghon and Jasmin Marie

Chromashade by Joseph Nicotera

Hello Ma' Honey by Bruce Spiegel

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