Monthly Archives: September 2013

Singapore to Launch Lighting Technology Center

The University of California, Davis, is collaborating with the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) and Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA) to develop a lighting efficiency demonstration and training center in Singapore. Leaders from the three institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on September 12 stating goals and strategies for fostering sustainable lighting solutions through the new center.

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Source: CLTC

Ephemeral Lighting Acts as a Pathway to Sustained Human Interaction

The impulse to create something you can call your own is undeniably powerful. From cave painting to digital art, humans have been leaving their indelible mark since the very beginning – only the medium has changed. Light rendering technologies challenge the permanence of the images we create, but the wonder they induce is anything but forgettable. These innovations invite us to witness the effects of our own physical actions, even if they fade from view.

In a trend we are calling Light Painting, PSFK Labs has noticed that technologies are tracking people’s ephemeral gestures and translating them into graphic images of light. These installations are lowering the barrier to engagement through intuitive interfaces which instantly respond to user movements, allowing anyone to playfully experiment and create a desired outcome. Brett Renfer, Senior Technologist at Rockwell Group, expands on this point, telling us, “I think light painting is something amazing to think about because it’s at a human scale. It’s this push and pull of building around someone’s natural interaction.”

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Source: PSFK

How LED Technology Casts City Icons in New Light

Imagine your city as blank canvas. Could its essence be captured and brought to life through the use of light?

Emboldened by emerging digital and LED technology, designers are finding ways to do just that. These added controls and functionality are providing these visionaries with a toolkit with which to spark new conversations around their cities. Whether adding iconic elements to a skyline, communicating information around the local aspects of a place, or re-imagining aging infrastructure, these dynamic displays tap into an infinite palette of colors to showcase the vibrancy of light in meaningful ways. With the efficiency of LED technologies, these installations are able to take place at scale, while still keeping resource usage and costs in check. “Cities are understanding that light is part of their branding and their expression,” explains Teal Brogden, Senior Principal at Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design. “The nighttime vibrancy of the city is something that is really meaningful to all their constituents.”

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Source: PSFK

3 Ingenious Designs That Will Fool Your Eyes

Even in a white-walled gallery in New York City’s gallery district, Paul Cocksedge’s work is unapologetically nerdy. It doesn’t first appear that way. In fact, his work looks very designer-y, in the sense that it’s meticulously crafted into aesthetic perfection. But the London-based designer, who recently opened his first solo exhibition at the Friedman Benda gallery, has always been attracted to the principles of science and the natural world. “There’s so much beauty in nature and physics and the world around us,” he says. “It’s just about packaging them and moving them into different contexts that makes people see them in different ways.”

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Source: LIZ STINSON with WIRED Design

Reinvigorating Derelict Spaces Through the Use of Light

Historically, light has served as a beacon, symbolizing hope and homecoming, guiding us and communicating the information we need for safe passage and community. In an urban setting, its simple presence or absence can immediately draw or detract from how enticing a space becomes. By adding simple variations in color, hue, or intensity, light can serve as a magnet for attracting people into a designated space while its absence might serve as a cautionary warning in itself. At the same time, it can become much more, taking the next step of communicating specific information about a place and laying in relevant information to people nearby.

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Source: PSFK

Perkins and Philips Combine Bright Ideas to Teach Children with Disabilities

Perkins Products and Philips today announced their partnership in developing LightAide, a new LED device designed as a teaching tool for children with low vision or other disabilities. Arrays of multi-colored LED lights in LightAide can be programmed and manipulated in various ways to help children get ready to learn reading, math and critical interactive skills. The product will be demonstrated at the Perkins Products booth during the Abilities Expo Boston, September 20-22 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center at booths 640 and 636 (Hall C).

Both Perkins and Philips have histories of innovation and collaboration, and this latest partnership was sparked by Philips employee Catherine Rose. Rose was working for Philips Healthcare when she noticed that the type of LED lighting used in the Philips Color Kinetics showroom could capture the attention of her seven-year-old daughter Alexis, who is deafblind. Realizing that the interactive displays of colored light could be a powerful learning tool, Rose suggested that the company look into developing an interactive light product for children with disabilities.

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Source: PRWeb

Racing Beyond LED to the Next Big Thing – OLED Lighting

In a few years, the current generation of high-tech LED tail lights and headlights may look quaintly Victorian.

Lighting suppliers are rushing to develop the Next Big Thing: a super-thin lighting source — dubbed OLED — that creates a 3D look for instrument clusters, tail lights or brake lights.

An Organic Light Emitting Diode, or OLED, is a layer of material that lights up when electricity is passed through it via two electrodes.

Since it does not need a backlight — such as a tungsten bulb, a conventional light-emitting diode or even a laser generator — a vehicle’s tail light does not require reflectors or other optics. Moreover, designers can create a 3D look by using multiple OLED layers.

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Written by: David Sedgwick

Source: Automotive News

Time to Switch Approach to Light Pollution

With the continued development of civilisation around the world, there are fewer places left where the skies are completely unaffected by light pollution.

Some lighting manufacturers are becoming increasingly aware of the issue of light pollution, as are property owners and developers in the Middle East.

In Abu Dhabi, the environmental services team at the Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) monitors and audits properties on Saadiyat Island so that lights do not cause endangered Hawksbill sea turtles to head away from the sea and in the wrong direction.

During nesting season, for example, lighting at night is dimmed to facilitate in the conservation of baby turtles that hatch along Saadiyat Beach.

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Written by: Neil Parmar

Source: The National

Kinetic Light Sculptures By Paul Friedlander Merge Science & Art

Incredible kinetic light sculptures from scientific artist Paul Friedlander are dazzling examples of what happens when science and art collide.

Friedlander, who was “raised in Cambridge on a diet of relativity and cosmology,” studied math and physics at Sussex University under Nobel-Prize winning physicist Sir Anthony Legett — experiences that have inspired Friedlander’s artwork.

“I decided to focus on kinetic art: a subject in which I could bring together my divided background and combine my knowledge of physics with my love of light,” he said in a written statement. “Light is the closest we come to directly sensing the universal energy. The chance interplay of form and color can inspire awe and wonder.”

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Source: Huffingtonpost

Exponential View: Colorful Tunnel Painting by Geert Mul

Brightening this tunnel in the netherlands ‎is a permanent art installation by dutch media artist geert mul. previously located on the site was the house of the famous dutch scientist and astronomer, christiaan huygens. a leader in the wave theory of light and motion, he also made further discoveries regarding the planet saturn. lining the wall of the dark tunnel is a colorful painting that is illuminated by LED lights – fittingly the artwork is a tribute to the extension of seeing and features images relating to the scientist’s breakthroughs. the project was commissioned by gemeente voorburg/leidschendam:

‘This tunnel is built on a site that used to be the garden of hofwijck, the house of the dutch 17th century scientist christiaan huygens. christiaan huygens contributed to the development of the telescope and the microscope. media-artist geert mul created a tribute to the extension of seeing’

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Source: Designboom