7 March, 2012 11:05
Recently, I sat down at one of those “fast-casual” restaurants for a quick meal and coffee. I chose this location for the atmosphere and quality of food. As I walked up to the counter to place my order, my nose was filled with smells of hearty soups, fresh breads and coffee. There was soft music playing in the background and the walls, tables and chairs were all muted coffee house type colors. These were all deliberate choices by the creators of this restaurant concept. There are so many aspects involved when designing a dining environment and all the senses should be engaged.
Once the concept for this restaurant was developed, the lighting designers began working. They created a lighting layout, decided on fixtures and mapped out each space based on what they wished to evoke; privacy, spaciousness, etc.
The lighting at this restaurant was well thought out. It was bright enough in the employee work areas but dimmed slightly in the dining areas. Also, accent lighting was used on the artwork. They created an inviting environment that invites many customers to return to on a regular basis.
Proper lighting completes the restaurant concept. However, it seems that the value of well-designed lighting often goes unnoticed. Sure, there is a lot to know and it can sometimes be confusing, but with some basic lighting education (and perhaps a lighting design professional) this task may not be as daunting as you think.
6 December, 2011 09:57
It's that time of year again. Yes, time for many of us to begin decorating for the holidays (if you haven't started already). If your last name is Griswold, please pay attention. If not, still pay attention, as it is very important to take your lighting seriously this holiday season. According to the National Fire Protection Association, thirty per cent of all home fires occur during December, January and February. In addition, nearly 6,000 people a year are treated in hospital emergency rooms for falls associated with holiday decorations. More than half of these injuries involve falls from ladders or roofs while decorating outdoors. We could tell you about all the injuries, but instead, here are some of the most common holiday decoration and lighting tips to keep you safe!
20 May, 2011 05:19
As the weather gets nicer, people flock to their porches and yards. Unfortunately, so do bugs. If you’re looking to reduce the bugs around your outdoor lights but don’t like the look of yellow bug lights, LED might just be the perfect solution.
Traditional bug lights tend to be identifiable by their yellow color. The reason for this is that traditional bulbs emit light across a wide spectrum, including ultraviolet (UV) light. This light is invisible to humans but is highly attractive to insects. The yellow coating of a bug light is designed to filter out most of this ultraviolet light; they’re not designed to repel insects but to simply be less attractive to them.
In addition to the other benefits LED bulbs offer, most LEDs emit light in a very narrow spectrum and do not emit UV light, and are therefore not attractive to bugs. Many bulbs in our LED lineup are also damp location rated, so they’re ideal for outdoor use as long as they’re not directly exposed to the weather or completely enclosed.
If you want to save energy, increase life, and reduce bugs in your outdoor spaces, LED might just be the right light for you.