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Lighting

Monday, May 26, 2014

Remember having a nightlight as a child? The light that kept away the monsters in the closet or under the bed? Outdoor lighting is essentially the “nightlight” for adults.

 

Outdoor lighting is an important safety feature of your home, but it doesn’t mean you should be spending an arm and a leg on your energy bill! By using energy efficient light bulbs and utilizing solar lighting where possible, you’re able to reduce your energy bill while still keeping your home and family safe.

 

Why Have Outdoor Lighting?


There’s a pretty simple answer. Safety. Outdoor lighting allows you to safely walk around your home at night, see pathways and walkways, be able to know who’s at the door before you open it and it lights up decks, patios and pool areas so you know who may be lurking around your home. Outdoor lighting is a criminal deterrent because it is so easy for someone to notice a criminal running around in the light and call the police.

 

Save Money


By using solar lighting wherever possible, this allows you to cut down on the amount of money you are spending on your electrical bill. If you are unable to use solar due to lack of sun lit areas, you can use energy efficient light bulbs and set up automated lights to cut back on wasted energy.  

Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) use up to 75% less electricity than standard light bulbs and last up to 10 times longer than your regular lights. There are specially designed CFL lights for outdoor use so be sure to read the packages and get the best light bulb you need!


Placement of Outdoor Lighting



Direct light where it is needed to cut back on wasted lighting and you won’t need to light your home up like a Christmas tree. Always have lights stationed at the top and bottom of stairwells. Light pathways and walkways from the street to your front door, especially around shrubs to rid of any shadows. 




Lighting The Spatial Envelope

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Portland Event Spotlight

Feb 20, 2013

 

The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) presented “Lighting the Spatial Envelope” by Dr. Robert Davis yesterday downtown at the World Trade Center.

 

ICE Co. supports continued education and growth development in the electrical industry. We attended this lunch event hosted by the IES and learned about not only the benefits of lighting the spatial envelope, but how lighting can affect the overall quality of the environment, and techniques that can be used to translate these ideas.

 

In essence the event suggested that lighting engineers, designers, and all those who plan for lighting solutions should be more creative in their efforts. Sure, there are lighting levels that need to be met as a standard, but rather than looking only at the plan view of any given project when laying out the lighting design, would it not make more sense to also think about the users experience? Walk through the space, utilize elevations and perspective to visualize how a user would transition and be lead through the spaces.

 

The presentation was backed by a number of studies ultimately indicating that lighting is extremely powerful. The analogy was made that people are like moths always guided toward the light when given the opportunity. With the understanding that the use of light and dark is very influential it would be a waste not to focus efforts on integrating the lighting into the design further enhancing and coherency of the project, while still meeting the standard light level suggestions.

So readers, our suggestion to you is the next building you walk into take a look at the lighting. Is it telling the story from the plan view? It is telling the story with regards to other aspects of the design? Do you feel led from one place to the other by signage alone? Reflect on your experiences in buildings where it flows and everything feels in its proper place. Those are the buildings where the lighting and whole building solutions have been considered together. Those spaces are harmonious, and whole.

For more information on the IES.  IES Website Here

 

For the Litecontrol blogs written by Dr. Robert Davis-Litecontrol Blog Here

 

For more on how lighting influences way finding. Litecontrol Video Posts

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