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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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Share a Photo of Your Thanksgiving Dining Decor to Win a Koncept Z-Bar LED Desk Lamp

This time of year, your dining room becomes the most important room in your home; a place for food, family and fellowship. And whether this is the only time of year your dining room gets used, or you break out the polished silver every Sunday, Lightology wants to see how your dining room has been transformed for the Thanksgiving season! By sending us a photo, you can win a $275 Koncept Z-Bar LED desk lamp!

To enter, take a photo of your Thanksgiving Dining Decor (family members not necessary!) that also shows off your lighting.

Like Us on Facebook and Post Your Pic on Our Page!

Or Follow Us on Twitter and Tweet Us your Photo!

A winner will be selected Monday, November 28th at 5 pm and will win a Koncept Generation 3 Z-Bar Desk Lamp, a $275 value!

The award-winning Koncept Z-Bar LED table lamp ($275 value) uses only 10.5 watts and is fully adjustable, with rotating arms that move to your exact desired position. The touchstrip allows for easy dimming with a simple slide of the finger. The perfect gift – or reward for your hard work this Thanksgiving!

Send in the photo of your Thanksgiving Dining Room TODAY for a chance to win!

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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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Designer Photo Contest Winners

Last month, we asked Interior Designers, Architects and members of the trade to send us photos of their designs that included Lightology fixtures for a chance to win up to a $250 Lightology Gift Card.

Ninety-something photos (see all submissions here) and thousands of votes later, two winners stand out above the rest.

Karin H. Edwards Interiors won the People’s Vote on our Facebook page with 122 votes for her Master Bathroom design while Frye Gillan Molinaro Architects got our vote for their transformation of a worn-down shed into a lighting designers dream.

We had a chance to chat with both design teams, and here’s what they had to say about their winning projects!

People’s Choice Winner: Karin H. Edwards Interiors

What is your favorite part of being a designer?

“I honestly believe that improving surroundings has real benefits. I’ve seen how the right design can build confidence, spark imaginations or put people immediately at ease. And, I love the nuts and bolts of the doing.  It’s always about collaboration — with craftspeople, with manufacturers, retailers and, most of all, the people using the room.”

Could you share some background on the project featured in your photo?

“It’s my own master bath and a labor of love.  The paneling is meant to give it a dressing room feel and link to the bedroom’s closet doors, which explains the choice of chandelier over the tub. Because the room is open to bedroom, I needed to create a powerful vista.”

Is lighting an important element of your designs? Why or why not?

“It’s critical.  Anyone who says paint is the quickest changeup is wrong. Lighting draws the first notice, often unconsciously. It’s the invitation, and it’s the best way to build drama.”

Lightology Winner: Frye Gillan Molinaro Architects

What is your favorite part of being a designer?
“Getting to generate and share positive energy from the designs that we create. Design is about communication and sharing of thoughts with other people. It’s most satisfying when your results are truly appreciated — you know you have done your job well.”

What is your/your firm’s design philosophy?
“We believe in a blend of simplicity and whimsy. If a design becomes too complicated, it loses its “thrust” and effectiveness. A clear concept usually wins out over trying to do more than necessary. It’s important to have some aspect of expressiveness there too — so that you can use space and light as a canvas. Whimsy can represent a number of things as you can be loose or intellectual about it — it’s all about how you choose to execute it.”

Could you share some background on the project featured in your photo?
“This photo represents a metamorphic culmination. We took what was once a non-descript, uninspired shed in the woods and made it into something that has a strong identity. The original raw space (with no interior finishes, light fixtures, or even mechanical system) was completely transformed into a hip loft space. It came together very quickly from a design standpoint but fleshing out the details took a bit more time.”

What made you choose these fixtures?
“We took a walking trip to Lightology to get inspiration for the lighting, and originally we had only planned to scout out some sconces for the walls. Upon seeing the LED system featured in the showroom, we knew that we had to integrate that fixture into the design to add another dimension to the “mood” of the space. The idea of color splashing against the ceiling using beam-mounted LED lighting was something that we knew would be an instant conversation piece.”

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Go Green: Make It Your New Year’s Resolution

The New Year is upon us – and it’s time to make some changes! Many of you are asking how to can save money and be energy-efficient, so make it your resolution! Here are some great tips on how to conserve energy, increase lamp life and save money on lighting in 2011.

Replace Inefficient Above, Under and In-Cabinet Lights with LED Soft Strip and LED Puck Lights


The average home will use cabinet lights around 2,000 hours per year; retail stores around 4,000 hours. When you install LED Soft Strip and Puck Lights, residential homes will enjoy 20 years of illumination!

The flexible and linear LED Soft Strip uses between 1 and 3 watts per foot and has all kinds of connectors to create custom shapes and sizes. LED Puck lights are compact, 3 watt fixtures that look great inside cabinets or closets and can either be surface mounted or recessed.

Use the Cody LED Picture Light to Illuminate Artwork Without Damaging UV or IR Rays

No one wants their valuable artwork and priceless family photographs damaged, discolored or faded from the harmful UV and IR rays that incandescent and halogen light sources put out. Using LEDs eliminates these concerns while also saving energy – the Cody LED Picture Light uses 6-12 watts (depending on size) emits zero harmful UV or IR rays and contains no mercury.

Convert Incandescent Bulbs to CFL or LED

LEDs are improving everyday, and you can always find the latest technology at Lightology. Our LED replacement bulbs are used to replace standard incandescent and halogen light sources while saving large amounts of energy and lasting up to 45,000 hours. For example, the EnduraLED A-19 is a direct replacement for a standard incandescent and uses only 7 watts!

Use Dimmers and Occupancy Sensors to Save Energy and Increase Lamp Life

By dimming incandescent or halogen lights just 10%, you not only save 10% on energy costs, but it also increases the lamp life by 80%! For example:

Incandescent Bulb Lifespan
Full Brightness: 1,000 hours
Dimmed 10%: 1,800 hours

This increase in lamp life helps save money, lower energy use and reduces waste. Add an Occupancy Sensor that uses motion detectors to turn lights on/off, making energy-saving a no-brainer!

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