Monthly Archives: December 2012

AWA’s Mumbai Studio 10th Anniversary and Winter Equinox Celebration

Written December 20 2013:
We are writing this entry a day ahead of time as the World may end tomorrow…

After the New York Studio’s successful 12-12-12 outing, the Mumbai studio has decided to have a night of our own to celebrate the company’s 10th anniversary, the Winter Equinox, as well as the potential apocalypse tomorrow.

We will start our celebration after 1pm on Friday the 21st of December, the shortest day of the year and the first day of winter. The day will begin at TGI Friday’s for some drinks and fun followed by a wonderful lunch at Punjab Grill in Palladium for some Punjabi tadka khana. Following the delicious meal, we will be attending a showing of the Bollywood action film, Dabangg 2.

Celebrations like this help to bring the studio together in a setting outside of the office, and truly allow the team to bond as a group. While it is important to keep looking ahead and moving forward as a studio, it is also essential that every team member looks back on what the office has accomplished over our 10 year existence.

If the world does indeed end tomorrow, we will all be proud of our accomplishments!

Here some are photos from the event:

AWA’s 10th Year Anniversary and 12-12-12 Dinner

On December 12, 2012 (12-12-12), The New York office went out for a night of celebrating AWA’s 10 years of existence. We started off the night by playing a few rousing matches of ping-pong on the office table, and then moved into Williamsburg to PIPS Ping-Pong Club and Art Gallery to continue our competitive matches.

Once we had worked up an appetite, we moved on to Extra Fancy, an American seafood restaurant located right around the corner from PIPS. There we enjoyed our meals, had a few more drinks, and discussed the possibility of the world ending in 9 days. After finishing, we stopped on the sidewalk in order to take a few photos to commemorate the wonderful night that was enjoyed by all, before parting ways and heading home to get some sleep before coming back to work the next day.

The 10 year anniversary of AWA is a milestone that solidifies our existence as a top Lighting Design office internationally. While we must keep looking forward, it is also important to be able to reflect on how far the company has come, and an occasion like this was the perfect way to honor the accomplishments made by the team. We pride ourselves in both the work ethic that exists throughout our studios, as well as the ability to come together and enjoy each other’s company outside of work.

Here’s to 10 more years!

NASA’s Newest Engineering Challenge: How to Change a Light Bulb

Astronaut insomnia is somewhat legendary at NASA, with astronauts popping sleep pills with regularity and averaging only six hours of sleep a night, far less than the eight and a half hours they’re technically allotted. This can cause serious problems as fatigue sets in. To help matters, NASA is embarking on a major mission to change all the light bulbs on the space station.
The right type of light can work wonders for people whose circadian rhythms are messed with by working in (or through, as it were) space. Scientists working on Mars missions have to live on Mars time, for instance, which causes great consternation as sleep schedules constantly shift. But a recent study by Steven Lockley at Harvard University found that blue light and efficient “sleep hygiene,” as it’s known, can improve matters.

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Written by: Rebecca Boyle

Source: Popular Science

‘Solar sisters’ spreading light in Africa

(CNN) — Eva Walusimbi knows well how it is to live in darkness.
As a community leader in the small town of Mityana, central Uganda, she’s been witnessing the health hazards and financial strains that a shortage of electricity can bring to people living in energy poor, rural areas.
“Just three miles away from here, people in the villages don’t have electricity — some of them use candles, some use kerosene lamps,” says Walusimbi, who runs schools for orphans and disadvantaged children in Uganda.

“One morning there was a kid that was picked from school early in the morning because her sibling had died in a fire,” she says. “[The kid] had lit a candle in the house and then went outside to do some other chores, so the candle melted away and the house was all on fire. By the time that they came back to see what’s going on, the whole house was burned down and the kid was burned to ashes.”
In Uganda, some 90% of the population lives without access to electricity, according to World Bank figures. Apart from the health risks, Walusimbi, 50, says that lack of electricity is also preventing people from escaping poverty.

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Written by: Teo Kermeliotis

Source: CNN

Offering Smart Grid Technology for India

As per US Energy Information Administration (EIA), India is the fourth largest consumer of electricity after United States, China and Russia. In spite of being the fifth largest producer of electricity, India’s annual per capita consumption is among the lowest. 35 per cent of Indian population still does not have access to electricity. For 2011-12, India’s Central Electricity Authority (CEA) anticipated that there would be a deficit of 10.3 per cent in base load energy and 12.9 per cent during the peak load.
The availability of energy is a critical parameter which influences the economic growth of any nation and quality of life of its citizens. In the coming years, the demand for energy will rise significantly in India. The two major reasons are – firstly, manufacturing sector is likely to grow at higher rate and secondly, the growing domestic demand. As per a report from CEA, the expected transmission and distribution losses in India in fiscal year 2011 was around 24 per cent.

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Written by: Heman Joshi

Source: Electric Light and Power

The Nighttime Earth from Space like You’ve Never Seen It Before

These super-high-resolution images, made possible by a new type of infrared sensor on the satellite, were revealed here at the American Geophysical Union conference Dec. 5.
The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite has a “day-night band” that can detect natural and man-made light with unprecedented resolution and clarity. It can resolve everything from the nocturnal glow of the atmosphere to the light of a single boat at sea. It can detect auroras, wildfires, the reflection of moon and star light off clouds and ice and the lights alongside highways. The sensor has six times better spatial resolution and 250 times better resolution of lighting levels than anything that came before it.

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Written by: Betsy Mason

Source: Wired Science

New Lighting Could Replace Fluorescents, CFLs, and LEDs as The Light Source Of The Future

Like the desktop printer and the fax machine, the fluorescent overhead light might soon see a diminished role around the office. Researchers at Wake Forest University have developed a field-induced polymer elecroluminescent (FIPEL) lighting technology that silently gives off a soft, white glow, sans the annoying hum and yellow tint of fluorescent bulbs or the sharp, bluish hue of LED light fixtures.
FIPEL technology is by no means brand new, but turning it into a viable light source has taken some time. The Wake Forest team used a multi-layer white-emitting blend of polymers imbued with a small amount of nanomaterials that glow when stimulated with an electric charge. This nano-engineered polymer matrix is essentially a whole new type of light bulb, different from both the filament-filled Edison bulb and mercury-exciting fluorescent, as well as the LEDs and compact fluorescents (CFLs) that have been slowly replacing some traditional light sources in recent years.

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Written by: Clay Dillow

Source: Popular Science