IES Penn State Student Members Visit The Lighting Practice Office

Friday, January 18th, TLP was pleased to host the Pennsylvania State University Chapter of the IES for a presentation and tour of The Lighting Practice office.  Since many of us are PSU alumni (Helen, Mike, Jered, Emad and myself) we always love seeing the emerging talent coming out of our alma mater.  There were two…

230 Park Avenue: New York’s LEDs Shine Light on Efficiency

The Lighting Practice and 230 Park Avenue were at the center of an efficiency debate on Earth Techling written by Randy Woods. New York’s LEDs Shine Light on Efficiency By: Randy Woods When discussing energy savings, there’s a principle often cited by economists called the Jevons paradox, which postulates that as the use of a…

The Role of Lighting Mock-Ups

From concept to installation, lighting design can be a complicated process.  We design with an ever-changing palette of lighting technology – particularly with the continued development of LEDs.  We are also working with new architectural materials, laminates, veneers, glasses and acrylics that have unique properties that interact with light in different ways. Although lighting designers…

Moore College of Art: A Study of Light 2012

The Interior Design students at Moore College of Art have produced yet another collection of intriguing and creative luminaires made of paper products. Ardour by Michelle Cianfrani Inspired by the burning hot flames of fire, this luminaire is a creation of paper cut-outs layered to create varied intensities of lightness and darkness. The effect is…

IALD Enlighten Americas 2012: Speaking of Light

I recently had the pleasure of attending the International Association of Lighting Designer’s (IALD) Enlighten Americas conference in Vancouver, which was my first trip to Enlighten (and hopefully not my last). My coworker Erick Leininger and I had the honor of attending the conference as emerging lighting design professionals and were sponsored by the IALD and…

Quantum Dots: The Future of LED Technology?

Quantum dots may sound like something you’d find on Star Trek, and look like something you’d find in a college dorm, but these tiny nanocrystals have the potential of becoming the next big thing, solid-state lighting. So just what is a quantum dot? Quantum dots are semiconductor nanocrystals which emit photons (light) when excited by…

A Healthy Glow – Light’s Emotional and Biological Effects

Light’s Emotional and Biological Effects: Light seems to play a critical role in one’s visual, emotional, and biological spheres of life. Originally, the use of light was limited in its illuminating function, as it allowed people to perform certain tasks without relying on the presence of the natural light source. In that sense, the amount…

Construction Administration: What Makes a Lighting Consultant an Asset?

What Makes a Lighting Consultant an Asset? The value that an architectural lighting consultant brings to the table during the design phase of a project is not often in question. The designer’s job entails the creation of a lighting solution that balances a variety of aesthetic and technical requirements. The lighting design should: Enhance and…

LED Availability: “Can we do it with LEDs?”

The question we get from clients more than ever is “Can we do it with LEDs?” This question has depended on LED availability. A few years ago, the answer was usually ‘No’.  However, with advances in LED technology, the answer is becoming ‘Yes’ more than ever.  The main sticking point has been the significant up-front…