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AWA NEWSFLASH: AWA Launches New Vertical – The Healthy Lighting Studio

The new Healthy Lighting Studio focuses on improving health and well-being with lighting. The Healthy Lighting Studio is located at AWA’s New York location, and is led by AWA’s Design Principal Abhay Wadhwa. The new vertical is an addition to the existing verticals at the AWA studios.

Over the past 14 years, AWA has completed several healthcare projects, and the endeavor has always been to utilize the uplifting nuances of light to create evocative and healing spaces. We have focused intently on using light and lighting to improve the health and well-being of people, especially in healthcare and recuperative environments.

Because of our several ongoing projects and our personal interest in this topic, we have started a new design and research vertical at our studio, where we will continue to develop mainstream design applications for the greater public good. The intent is to provide a holistic response for the visual environment, providing services such as lighting design, color therapy design, visual graphics & way-finding design, lighting technology retrofit upgrades, and EMF/RFI analysis.

Project Types:

  • Special Needs
  • Assisted Living
  • Hospital Patient Rooms
  • Recuperation Centers
  • Wellness Spas

If you would like more information on our services please contact us at newyork@awalightingdesigners.com or by calling Abhay directly.

View from Entrance Lobby at Medicity Medanta - AWA uses backlighting for stone wall and indirect lighting for circulation

View from Entrance Lobby at Medicity Medanta – AWA uses backlighting for stone wall and indirect lighting for circulation



A 24-hour lighting for improving life for Older Adults, undertaken by the Lighting Research Center

A 24-hour lighting for improving life for Older Adults, undertaken by the Lighting Research Center

AWA Project Update 2014: Part 2 of 2

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July 31st 2014
Vol. 12.2
Dear Friends,

We hope you enjoyed reading our newsletter sent out two weeks ago. A heartfelt thanks for all the good wishes received from many of you.

Here is Part 2 of 2 of our project update series. This past year has been busy with several project completions and new project kick-offs, and we are sharing a few highlights.

At AWA, we are all looking forward to another wonderful year of opportunities, creativity, innovation, and happiness. Thank you for your support and patronage.


Abhay Wadhwa
AWA Lighting Designers

Click HERE to read the full update.

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Fairmont Jaipur


Royal Enfield

Royal Enfield


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Orion Mall

Mariana Figueiro to Speak at TEDMED 2014

Mariana Figueiro

Mariana Figueiro

Mariana Figueiro, Lighting Research Center (LRC) Light and Health Program Director and Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will speak at TEDMED, September 12, 2014 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. During the talk, she will reveal surprising facts about the effect of light—its presence, its absence, and its patterns—on human health and wellbeing.

Humans need to be exposed to a sufficient amount of light of the right spectrum, for a sufficient amount of time, and at the right time, for the circadian system to remain synchronized with the 24-hour day. Light can be used to improve sleep, alertness, and performance, along with overall health and well-being among the general population, and in populations with rigorous work schedules, such as U.S. Navy submariners and NICU nurses.

One of Figueiro’s flagship projects is the 24-hour lighting scheme for elders, including those with Alzheimer’s disease. The lighting scheme delivers high circadian stimulation during the daytime and low circadian stimulation in the evening, along with nightlights designed to reduce falls. The scheme has been installed in several elder care facilities in New York State with excellent results.

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Source: Edison Report

LRC Announces New Light and Health Institute

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will hold a two-day, hands-on seminar May 6-7, 2014, to teach the many ways in which light affects, and can be used to improve, health and wellbeing. Light of the appropriate quantity, spectrum, timing, duration, and distribution can have a profound effect on sleep, alertness, and performance, along with overall wellbeing, and can be used to improve conditions such as jet lag, Alzheimer’s disease, insomnia, and depression.

The goal of this seminar is to provide attendees with the latest research as it can be applied, and the knowledge necessary to improve our modern living environments with energy efficacious, temporally dynamic lighting. This seminar will be of critical interest to those within the field of healthcare, lighting industry professionals, researchers in the biological sciences, facility managers, architects, and others.

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Written by: Rebekah Mullaney

Source: Lighting Research Center

Newsflash: Abhay Wadhwa Speaks at PLDC 2013 in Copenhagen

Abhay Wadhwa Speaks at PLDC 2013 in Copenhagen, Denmark
Abhay Wadhwa, AWA’s Design Principal, has been invited to speak at Professional Lighting Design Convention (PLDC 2013) in Copenhagen, Denmark on October 31 2013.

He will speak on “The Impact Of Culture And Climate On Lighting Systems.” A given culture’s position in the global economic development cycle is often reflected in its use of lighting in urban, night environments. Striking a balance between regional differences of culture and climate, and globalization is often a challenge. Abhay’s talk will examine the variations in lighting, concepts, and solutions in response to the local culture and climate.

This biannual convention is a 3-day event to bring the professional lighting and design worlds together. Architects, designers, lighting professionals, researchers, universities, industry, developers, and clients will be in attendance. PLDC is a platform to meet, learn about the latest developments in lighting design, and discuss the future of the lighting profession.

PLDC 2013



Recently Completed AWA Project: NYC Parks Department Cuts the Ribbon on Bushwick Inlet Park
The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation cut the ribbon on its newest and greenest facility, an innovative 15,500 square foot multi-use building serving North Brooklyn’s waterfront. Designed by Kiss + Cathcart Architects, this wedge-shaped structure seamlessly draws the adjacent park up onto its roof to create a new public landscape looking out to the East River and the Manhattan skyline. Please stay tuned for more updates on this project.

Please read AWA’s complete Blog Post for more information.

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11 years as Adjunct Faculty at the LRC, RPI
This Fall semester, Abhay will teach his 11th Lighting Design studio at the Lighting Research Center at RPI. He has always seen this opportunity as an honor and privilege, and looks forward every year to sharing ideas, thoughts and philosophies with the graduate studio at the LRC.

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Plant Physiology Expert Joins Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer

Newswise — Light and plants expert Tessa Pocock, Ph.D., recently joined the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as a senior research scientist, leading the development of a new plant physiology lighting program. Her research focuses on plant photosynthesis, and plant development and regulation by light for traditional greenhouse crops and the emerging field of medicinal plants.

Prior to joining the LRC, Dr. Pocock was director of research at Heliospectra, in Sweden, where she designed light-emitting diode (LED) regimes to reduce energy consumption, produce healthier plants, and improve the quality of greenhouse crops. For the last four years, she has been developing a biofeedback system in which the physiology of the plant regulates the spectrum and intensity of LED arrays, in collaboration with Chalmers University of Technology, under a prestigious grant from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra).

Light is a powerful regulator of plant physiology, affecting flavor and appearance, as well as nutritional and medicinal value. Each wavelength of light has a different effect on plant physiology. For example, plants grown under “blue” light are physiologically different than plants grown under “red” light. And each species of plant has an individual response to different wavelengths as well.

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Interactive Video Helps Contractors, Builders, Electricians Select and Install LED Lighting

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute recently released an interactive video that offers guidance about selecting and installing LED lighting. The video was designed for contractors, builders, electricians, and others who professionally install LED lighting—and many homeowners will find it useful, too. Topics include product selection, advantages and challenges of LED products, economic calculations, installation tips, and links to other available resources. Viewers can earn professional continuing education credits by watching the video and using the interactive features. The project was funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

“Our goal with this video is to provide guidance for navigating the increasing number of LED lighting options in today’s marketplace, along with useful information on how to install these products,” said Jeremy Snyder, LRC director of energy programs, who led the project and narrated the video.

Click here to read the full article and see the video.

Written by: Rebekah Mullaney

Source: Lighting Research Center

LRC Demonstrates Advanced Building Infrastructure for Solid-State Lighting in Hollywood

In a Hollywood conference room, researchers from the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and product engineers from OSRAM SYLVANIA capped off eight years of research and concept development with a field demonstration that takes LED lighting to the next level.

The first-of-its-type demonstration, installed at the offices of Paramount Pictures, features flexible, modular LED-lighted tiles on the ceiling and walls that can be moved to any location on a low voltage, DC-powered grid with wireless controls. Funded by a building energy research grant from the California Energy Commission, the project showcases a sustainable lighting system that can adapt to changing technology and space needs, as well as energy savings without sacrificing lighting quality.

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Written by: Jennifer Taylor

Source: Lighting Research Center

LEDs Magazine: Five rules for designing roadway lighting

Of the many design challenges facing LED-based solid-state lighting (SSL) applications, perhaps there is none greater than that of expectations. There are expectations around the application. There are expectations around the incumbent technology. There are expectations around the way it has always been done, and, as a result, there are expectations around the way it should be done going forward. What if we were able, however, to design with a clean sheet of paper? Take roadway lighting as an example. If we were to take that application, deconstruct it, and come at it from a different angle, what might we do differently, and how are LEDs specifically suitable tools in this redesign?

When we think about the job of lighting a roadway, we are conditioned to think about what is happening right in front of us. We think about targets in the road and response time in identification. In fact, the entire series of metrics for roadway lighting is modeled around these requirements. From this standpoint, our examination of roadway lighting is fundamentally no different than our examination of office lighting. The conditions and demands of the tasks, however, couldn’t be more different.

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Written by: Don Peifer

Source: LEDs Magazine

LRC: Red Light Increases Alertness During “Post-Lunch Dip”

Acute or chronic sleep deprivation resulting in increased feelings of fatigue is one of the leading causes of workplace incidents and related injuries. More incidents and performance failures, such as automobile accidents, occur in the mid-afternoon hours known as the “post-lunch dip.” The post-lunch dip typically occurs from 2-4 p.m., or about 16-18 hours after an individual’s bedtime from the previous night.

A new study from the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute shows that exposure to certain wavelengths and levels of light has the potential to increase alertness during the post-lunch dip. The research was a collaboration between Mariana Figueiro, LRC Light and Health Program director and associate professor at Rensselaer, and LRC doctoral student Levent Sahin. Results of the study titled “Alerting effects of short-wavelength (blue) and long-wavelength (red) lights in the afternoon,” were recently published in Physiology & Behavior journal.

The collaboration between Figueiro and Sahin lays the groundwork for the possible use of tailored light exposures as a non-pharmacological intervention to increase alertness during the daytime. Figueiro has previously conducted studies that show that light has the potential to increase alertness at night. Exposure to more than 2500 lux of white light at night increases performance, elevates core body temperature, and increases heart rate.

Click here to read the LRC Press Release

Click here to read the article on Newswise