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STEPPING OUT ON THE TOWN In the core of any urban nightlife center, it’s critical for restaurants, night clubs and entertainment venues to stand out—especially with the public re-emerging from a COVID cocoon. Lighting plays an essential role in reassuring that return. [PAGE 20]
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The 27-story W Hotel Osaka’s interior design by Amsterdam-based Concrete is a lively interpretation of an outwardly expressive urban center.
SSL BUZZ Light used as infrastructure in urban interactions; reconsidering ceiling illumination strategies; grazing maximizes façade materiality.
SSL PROFILE Lighting’s role in wellness, including aperture versatility, is explored in this look at the Center for Health & Wellbeing in Winter Park, Fla.
AIM FEATURE Streets, bridges, parks and plazas no longer have to be slaves to utilitarian illumination, but rather can deliver poetry sans words.
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27 Project Profile: Striking circular pendants help launch a new Steinway Piano showroom and performance hall.
07 Light Art
05 LED Insights
Interactive, traveling artwork helps create pizzazz in underutilized city spots.
Color. Color. Color. Just as spring flowers are bursting, it is time to embrace RGB on a bigger scale. By Jim Crockett
31 Project Profile: Museum of antiquities modernizes to a state-of-the-art lighting and control system.
08 Office Design Video game company reimagines the office ceiling with a series of illuminated triangles.
10 Façade Illumination
"Used singly or stand-alone, a project’s transformational message isn’t delivered until it is complete."
40 SSL Observed Atriums are known for daylight. Meet Radiant Echo, a perfect complement. By Vilma Barr
A Quebec theater is wrapped in a new glass envelope with lighting recalling the original cladding.
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14 Architectural Illumination Matters: Exteriors
32 Advances Track, decorative pendants, tape light, cove lighting, downlights, drivers, exterior lighting.
The dimensional poetry of transformational projects reflect brilliant, singular examples that go beyond their illuminated qualities to emotionally reach the user or viewer. by Vilma Barr
20 Featured Project: W Hotel, Osaka Its interior, designed by Amsterdam-based Concrete, the W Osaka is a lively interpretation of an outwardly expressive urban center. by Vilma Barr
36 White Pages A look at the standards for measuring circadian rhythm.
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Colour My World I regularly change the background display of my computer. Currently, it’s an early van Gogh of a harvesttime farm in his native Netherlands. Painted at sunset, it is dominated by rich oranges, golds and ochers. I realize I love color.
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Of course, the choice of the painting was likely my subconscious screaming for relief from the
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A 2020 IES NYC Lumen Awards winner, this exhibit reminds us of the impact of climate change.
scene, yet both seasons share deep, saturated colors. It’s not surprising these are my favorite times of the year. Speaking of spring and van Gogh, before
us of the importance of water innovation and the impact of climate change. “I think we should
COVID shut everything down, I spent a wonderful
work toward a society where we live and work
weekend in Philadelphia prior to the last actual
with nature instead of against it,” said Roose-
Lightfair, biking all around the city, and stopping
gaarde. “Waterlicht is, for me, is about that—
in at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. There, up
nature, technology, people, landscape; trying to
close and personal, I was able to consume one
form a new harmony, a new sense of balance.
of Vincent’s “Sunflowers” still lifes. Beyond the
We all know the numbers. But numbers won’t
intensity of the yellows, the texture of the paint-
change us, imagination will.”
ing really hit me, and I really wanted to touch it.
Personally, I think this a wonderful example
For Impressionist history, and comedic fan-
of art and architecture coming together. The
tasy fans, check out Christopher Moore’s novel,
exhibit, the 2020 Lumen Awards jury noted,
“Sacre Bleu.” Beyond delivering entertainment,
instantly communicates water, compelling one to
it renders insight on the creation of paints, not
think only of it, while powerfully delivering social
the least blue. As to that color, as I’ve mentioned
commentary without getting preachy.
before, one of my last public appearances was
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judging the 2020 IES NYC Lumen Awards. One
declared, let the “Spring of Luminosity” begin,
of my favorite entries was Waterlicht, a light
so, in our own way, let’s start the celebration of
art exhibit in 2019 by Studio Roosegaarde, at
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creator, Daan Roosegaarde, noted it’s a “dream”
the W Hotel in Osaka, Japan, or at another water
landscape about the power and poetry of water.
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Combining LEDs, lenses and fog, Waterlicht cre-
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ates an ever-changing layer of light—a virtual
serious magic. Be amazed.
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flood, if you will, influenced by wind and rain. Visitors encounter the heights the sea level could reach with continued melting of polar ice and more extreme weather. Illuminating the power of light, Roosegaarde noted the exhibit
is a collective experience of wonder, reminding
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RECONSIDERING INFRASTRUCTURE NOT TO HINDER, BUT HELP LIVES Brooklyn-based design studio, Urban Conga, was recently selected as a winner of Architizer’s A+Firm Awards. Its work highlights the impact play can have on the health, identity, social and economic values within the future development of cities and communities. “Oscillation,” shown here, is an interactive installation that focuses on using sight, sound and movement to spark spontaneous social interaction and conversation within a once underutilized space. The five-piece artwork acts somewhat like a giant theremin, where, as one walks toward it, it plays different sounds and pitches depending on one’s distance to it. The colors reflect and refract light differently based on people’s angle and position to the work—an open-ended invitation to play, dance, jam out and come together as a community in public space.•
ABOVE: The interactive installation was designed as modular pieces so the work can travel and activate new and unique underutilized spaces around the world.
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In the Image of a City Video game studio developer Eidos-Montréal evolved in just over a decade from two employees to nearly 500 associates. Expanded working areas were needed to keep up with staff growth for the firm that created Tomb Raider and Deus Ex games. A two-level office space was leased in the heart of Montréal and La Shed Architecture was retained to unify the space into one coherent whole. La Shed developed its program in the image of a community. Eidos-Montréal management wanted a warm, human-scale environment where its designers, creatives and artists would feel at home. The architects designed the layout of the new space with a village in mind. Creative rooms, meeting rooms and management offices create paths that converge toward the forum, the heart of the studio, open on two levels that allows meetings as well as gatherings. The architectural elements and the custom furniture contribute to this social life of the agora, whether around tables designed to assemble or on the staircase that connects the two floors that also serves as an amphitheater during presentations. The urban geometry of this village is based on human interaction with city streets, intersections and squares. Desks are arranged to provide winding circulation areas. Pods are working pavilions for informal and creative meetings, creating subspaces. Inspired by the triangular shape of the company logo, the centerpiece of the project is the ceiling above the entire studio, functioning as a frame of thousands of triangles. It is comprised of acoustic foams, light fixtures, ventilation grids and the sprinkler system. To balance the angular side of the triangle and introduce softness, the architects accentuated the rounded profiles of furnishings supplied by local firms, De Gaspé, Kastella and Margoglia. © Maxime Brouillet
Thicker acoustic foam extrusions in meeting
ABOVE: Inspired by the triangular shape of the company logo, the centerpiece of the office is the ceiling above the entire studio, functioning as a frame of thousands of triangles.
places and triangles left empty at the perimeter create contrast and texture on the ceiling. Triangulated lights overlook the traffic areas and draw a signage path as they energize the space. They appear as a starry vault, contributing to Eidos-Montréal’s singular character that is conducive to creating their specialized product.•
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PUBLIC & CULTURAL: MARCONI EXPRESS
Rail System Contributes to its Own Power With a total length of 3.2 miles, the Marconi
with the urban fabric, rather than as a motorized
Express in Bologna, Italy, is moving architecture.
electro/mechanical people mover machine. It is
Its elevated monorail route carries passengers
an elegant example of rail transit, to attract rid-
from the area’s airport to the train station to link
ers and offer a pleasant travel experience rarely
with the regional rail service into the city.
encountered in public transport.
Named for native son Guglielmo Marconi,
Even in its daytime life, the project is about
inventor of the wireless telegraph, it presents a
light, in that the canopy covering the tracks
sleek, white, and at night, illuminated image—a
becomes an environmentally friendly energy-
curved line of light—that connect non-travelers
generating belt moving from point to point along
to the airport and back. Designers at Iosaghini
its route. Its shape and form permit the instal-
Associati approached its design as a piece of
lation of photovoltaic panels on the southwest
moving architecture, connecting an outlying base
side that produces 30% of the energy used by the system. North glazed panels serve as balustrades that give the entire line a sense of lightness and transparency. Trains are painted green on the bottom and white on top, with an aerodynamic sloped front on the first car. Station structures are also white, with extensive use of daylighting for the interior spaces. Station roofing is sloped to accommodate pho-
LEFT: The elevated monorail carries passengers from the area’s airport to the train station to link with the regional rail service into the city.
tovoltaic panels. Slender tapered support piers range in height from 23 ft. to 82 ft. The express becomes a bridge over a motorway before arriving at its terminal station stop in Bologna.•
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PUBLIC & CULTURAL: GRAND THEATRE DE QUEBEC
Transparent Solution Since its grand opening in 1971, the Grand Theatre de Quebec has been a prized icon. The build-
“I HAD THIS LIGHTING IDEA BACK IN 2000! I THOUGHT MY SCHEME WOULD REALLY HIGHLIGHT THE BUILDING’S ARCHITECTURE. THE PROBLEM WAS THAT I COULDN’T DO WHAT I ENVISIONED WITH METAL HALIDE LAMPS AND TRADITIONAL COLOR CHANGERS.”
ing is admired for its brutalist architecture, by Victor Prus, which is entwined with an integrated artwork—a concrete mural by sculptor Jordi Bonet that covers close to 60% of the interior. By the turn of the century, moisture had caused the steel anchors of its concrete panels to disintegrate. The latter could not be simply removed and replaced. An innovative solution was needed to protect the building’s heritage elements. The solution? Enclose the entire structure in glass, down to a bespoke silicone joint base. Lemay/Atelier 21 created a delicate steel structure on which the new glass rests—the result of intense teamwork among architects, engineers, construction specialists and manufacturers. With the glass envelope, illumination became a major component. Handling that end of the project was architect Guy Simard, who had working on a dynamic lighting concept for 15 years. With LED, his vision could now be fulfilled. To bring his vision to life, Simard selected Lumenbeam Large Color Changing and Lumenbeam Large luminaires in 3000K. Placed in tandem at the top of each vertical recess, the luminaires (one white and one color changing) light down to street level, providing the option for both classic white light and more festive color illumination. “We wanted people to know, just by looking at the building, what was going on inside. So if it was lit in blue, for example, they would know it was the symphony orchestra that night; if it was red, a rock concert—we wanted to establish a pattern, which would tighten the bond between the theater and the city,” Simard said. To complement the color-changing element, he positioned two 4-ft. Lumenfacade luminaires and one Lumenbeam Large in 3000K at the bottom of each concrete panel between the recesses. These are aimed back up toward the cornice, grazing the concrete and bringing out its character, resulting in a dynamic design that has © Stéphane Groleau
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PUBLIC & CULTURAL: TAIPEI MUSIC CENTER
Adding Pop Panache Designed by New York-based RUR Architecture, the Taipei Music Center (TMC) is helping the metropolis fulfill its desire to be a “City of Pop Music.” The TMC is a key part of cultural urbanism in the post-industrial revival of Taipei in Northern Taiwan. A faceted double skin wraps around and encloses the auditorium, made of anodized aluminum cladding the outer layer and the gypsum wall inner layer. The geometric volumes mirror the terrain of the nearby mountains, a sitespecific reference that ties the building into its
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environment. The venue features state-of-the-art technology, including its lighting system, which allows the exterior to be highlighted in a new way at night, while doubling in communicating the message of being a venue for Mandarin and Asian pop music.•
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PUBLIC & CULTURAL: ALAMEDA POINT
Art Deco Shines on Renewed Waterfront Located on an island within the San Francisco Bay, Naval Air Station Alameda was decommissioned in 1997 and since that time had remained relatively untouched. The site is now being transformed into the Seaplane Lagoon Ferry Terminal, public parks and housing. Architectural lighting design firm HLB Lighting Design was hired to create the lighting scheme for Alameda Point, including the ferry terminal, adjacent parking, public pathways, parks and streetscapes. The design team sought a new lighting standard for the area for several reasons. “Alameda’s existing street lighting standard was a traditional ‘acorn’ style,” said Andrew Moore, senior associate at HLB Lighting Design and lead designer for Alameda Point. “The design team didn’t feel that style luminaire would harmonize with the character of the architecture that was to be built on-site and would have appeared jarring in that context.” Equally important, the acorn fixture did not provide full cut-off, which would have had environmental ramifications. HLB selected Luminis’ Eclipse EC801 luminaire, which is mounted on Luminis’ PTA round tapered aluminum pole. There are approximately 30 fixtures at Seaplane Lagoon and its immediate vicinity. Double-headed luminaires line the waterfront promenade, illuminating bike paths, pedestrian pathways and a parking area adjacent to the dock. Moore chose a Type III distribution for all fixtures at Alameda Point, because the EC801 also lines roadways and adjacent walkways and sideABOVE: Luminis collaborated with HLB to provide some additional modifications to the luminaires to anticipate the city’s future needs. Light levels are adjustable via a step dimming switch, giving public works the versatility to make local adjustments as required. As well, the luminaire has been adapted for the future provision of a seven-pin photocell, which the city can add at a later date if and when it moves toward a smart city system.
walks. As a result, it illuminates the full width of the streetscape. “I’ve had the opportunity to visit the site several times, both day and night,” Moore said. “The Eclipse luminaires and accompanying poles are a very attractive complement to adjacent buildings. The quality of the illumination they provide is comfortable and inviting, and the streetscapes
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poetry without words The dimensional poetry of transformational projects reflect brilliant, singular, examples that go beyond their illuminated qualities to emotionally reach the user or viewer. By Vilma Barr, contributing writer
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ARCHITECTURAL ILLUMINATION MATTERS
At its inception, clients don’t typically ask that
“transformational” projects from around the
their project be transformative. Almost no design
world. Their size, shape, use and placement
brief closes with the clause, “And while you are at
within the built environment are all reflections of
is formed by distinctly differing inputs found
it, make it transformational.” Similarly, designers,
examples that go beyond their dimensional and
nowhere else. They might involve thousands
at a project’s kickoff meeting, won’t proffer, “For
illuminated qualities to reach the user or viewer.
of hanging polycarbonate rods, which create
the same cost, we can make it transformative.” Transformative is defined as “causing or
Used singly or stand-alone, a project’s
positive and memorable emotional reaction. A project’s transformational personality
a weather effect, or lighting in symphony with
transformational message isn’t delivered until
bodies of water to dramatically outline the struc-
able to cause an important and lasting change
it is complete. It’s not in the specs. It needs to
tures that span such waterways. Then again,
in someone or something,” or “causing some-
interact with the user in a silent role that has no
they might take visitors 50-ft. above ground to
one’s life to be different or better in some
stated dimensional limits. Rather, it goes beyond
walk among leafy branches in a mini-forest-
important way.” Here, we present a number of
programmed functions to illicit, in many cases, a
like setting. The sky is virtually the limit.
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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Painting an Elegant Portrait Edmonton’s Walterdale Bridge seems to dance across the North Saskatchewan River. Its main sweeping arch can be perceived as a ballerina at the peak of her Grand Jeté movement—both feet off the ground. At 763 ft. in length, the bridge, which connects the north and south sides of Edmonton, has both ends solidly anchored with massive thrust blocks. Seen in profile, the elegant structural form blends seamlessly into its city and river valley environments. The canted arches of the througharch structure are illuminated in classic white or with color-changing lights. Walterdale Bridge is a gracious, single span, twin through-arch steel structure. It carries three lanes of northbound vehicle traffic, a sidewalk to the west of the roadway and a separated footbridge for pedestrians and cyclists to the east. Another lane can be added in the future. The current population for Edmonton, capital of the Alberta Province, is 972,000, having added 72,000 to the residency rolls since 2016. DIALOG, a multi-disciplinary design firm with offices in Edmonton and other cities, was responsible for the architecture, structural engineering, landscape and electrical design. HLB Lighting Design was responsible for the illumination of the structure and the approaches. HLB specified low-level LED lighting integrated © Tom Arbavn Photography; David Lai; City of Edmonton
into the handrail to provide controlled illumination on the cantilevered shared use path, while allowing for unobstructed views of the river and the Edmonton skyline. Continuous arches of lights required for this project made GVA Lighting’s HL-DL and STR9 RGB the solution to this project’s challenging lighting requirements. All luminaires are powered by the company’s Infinity technology, allowing the structure to be free of additional wiring and bulky power supplies. ETC Lighting Control system was combined with the products to achieve the desired end result. WOW Lighting and Controls was the supplier for both
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twice as wide as it is in the middle, gracefully
The bridge deck, supported by 32 hangers, is a steel framework supporting a cast-in-place concrete deck covered with asphalt. Benches with high backs help reduce traffic noise and soften
connecting with the valley.
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GRACE PERSONIFIED The Walterdale Bridge’s graceful slender profile with its illumination capabilities is recognized as a public asset for the entire North Saskatchewan River Valley, North America’s largest stretch of urban parkland with more than 93 miles of public parks and trails.
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ARCHITECTURAL ILLUMINATION MATTERS
4th St. SW Underpass
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
ILLUMINATED INFRASTRUCTURE A program animates the space with colorful shapes in response to pedestrian movements.
THE CITY OF CALGARY WANTED TO ENCOURAGE PEDESTRIAN USE BETWEEN THE CITY CENTER AND THE BELTLINE NEIGHBORHOOD BY TURNING IT INTO A LIVELY ILLUMINATED LINK.
Underpass Anew: When Art Meets Security and Amenity Enhancements
Boutin, an alumnus of the school and an
internationally for his work in projecting
Constructed beneath the Union Pacific Railway
associate professor at the school, envisioned a
images and sound onto architectural façades
train tracks running through downtown Calgary,
colorful, sculptural link. He and his collaborators
and public monuments, who became a consul-
Alberta, the 4th. Street SW Underpass was a
developed schemes to integrate art into the plan
tant to the Calgary project.
heavily used, but dingy unadorned shaft for vehi-
and explained the concepts at public meet-
cles and pedestrians. As part of a major rehabili-
ings. The final choice utilizes screen lighting,
The bottom layer has panels of white rectangles
tation undertaking, $6.7 million was budgeted
responsive, high resolution, pixel-based fixtures
defined by a black grid, while the top band is
by the city of Calgary to encourage pedestrian
to depict the lighting narrative; veil lighting,
created by a series of elements influenced by
use between the city center and the Beltline
responsive, low resolution, linear-based fixtures
pointed directional traffic signs and signals. A
neighborhood by turning it into a lively illumi-
contributing to the art lighting strategy; and
computer program, developed by Boutin and his
nated link. Local firm Marc Boutin Architectural
frame lighting, non-responsive, low resolution,
associates with Wodiczko, animates the space
Collaborative enlisted a team from the Univer-
linear-based lighting to help guide pedestrians.
with colorful shapes in response to pedestrian
sity of Calgary School of Architecture, Planning
Veil and screen lighting respond to the pres-
Boutin divided the side walls into two layers.
movements, an example of lighting that is as
and Landscape to solicit ideas from community
ence of people in the space. Boutin was familiar
much of an art feature as a security and
residents and coordinate the aesthetic approach.
with the work of Krzysztof Wodiczko, known
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Schwartz Common and Pavilion
© Reid Freeman
Harvard Business School Campus, Boston
THE PAVILION INTRODUCES A HUB OF COMMUNITY LIFE, FROM CASUAL INTERACTIONS TO CEREMONIAL EVENTS, BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER.
Flexible, Functional and Open
Design Assocs. (JCDA) was named artist/
The Schwartz Common and Pavilion, a trans-
designer for the project, working closely with
parent enclosure on the Boston campus of the
Reid Architecture and landscape architect Reed
Harvard Business School (HBS), was envisioned
Hilderbrand. The team sought to mesh landscape,
as a landscaped space rather than a building by
engineering, architecture and art to create a sin-
its architect, Reid Freeman of Brooklyn, New
gularly defined place for year-round experience
York–based REID Architecture. Placed beneath a
combining personal use and gatherings.
stately London planetree, a native sycamore and
JCDA’s configuration is comprised of two over-
non-native Asian planetree hybrid, the 4,200-sq.-
lapping canopies of different heights with paral-
ft. structure brings a laid back, informal sensibil-
lel rows of flush-mounted downlights that link to
ity to the surrounding quadrangle featuring
the scale of the open lawn of the commons and
classic McKim, Mead & White buildings, designed
the surrounding buildings to define the primary
from their original master plan.
covered spaces of engagement. Light-responsive
A gift from The Gerald Schwartz & Heather
materials of the canopy and vertical partitions
Reisman Foundation, the pavilion introduces an
provide privacy, delineate space, and display
indoor/outdoor hub of community life at HBS,
activity and occupancy. Offering a visual link
becoming a destination for campus activity, from
with the surrounding natural world, the glass
casual interactions to ceremonial events that
canopy reveals the tree canopy and sky, while
bring together faculty, staff, students and alumni.
transmitting light and shadows into the pavilion.
Winner of a competition, James Carpenter
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Lighting was created by DotDash, Brooklyn.
DAYLIGHTING The glass canopy reveals the tree canopy and sky, offering a visual link to the surrounding natural world.
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Grant Street Pier
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Vancouver Waterfront Park, Wash.
Public Park 90-ft. Over the Columbia River
structure. Two sets of low-level steplights, inte-
Situated along a half-mile stretch of south-facing
grated into guardrail stanchions, provide pedes-
riverfront, the Vancouver Waterfront Park in
trian lighting. The exterior set outlines the shape
Vancouver, Wash. represents the redevelopment
of the pier. An interior set illuminates the board-
of the old Boise-Cascade mill site on the Columbia
walk. Marker lights along the pier edge define its
River. Part of a private-public partnership, the
shape, visually linking it to the cityscape lights
park reconnects the city’s downtown core to its
in the distance. “We mounted and concealed wall
washers below the pier to accent its floating
Reclaiming nearly 32 acres and 21 city blocks of available land, the park includes the Grant
lights, which are 4000K. Stone points out that the
Columbia River, the Grant Street Pier is a dra-
slight difference in color temperature empha-
matic addition to benefit users of all ages.
sizes the crisp white finish of the mast, creating
Grant Pier was PWL Partnership. Charles Stone
All lighting is 3000K except for the mast flood-
Street Pier and Plaza. Suspended 90 ft. over the
Landscape architect for the 18,000-sq.-ft.
CITY LINK Marker lights along the pier edge define its shape, visually linking it to the cityscape lights in the distance. “We mounted and concealed wall washers below the pier to accent its floating feel,” says designer Charles Stone.
feel,” Stone indicated.
visual punctuation points along the pier. FMS coordinated with Portland International
led a Fisher Marantz Stone (FMS) team of Kevin
Airport, Ore. for approval of the project’s
Frary and Danielle Kelly to provide the light-
lighting specifications and with the Audubon
ing design to enhance the site. Floodlights, with
Society to minimize the effect on migratory bird
precise optics to minimize spill, are mounted
patterns. The project received an IALD Award of
to cable-stay piers, highlighting the masts’
Excellence in 2020.•
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W Hotel Osaka, Japan Architect: Nikken Sekkei; Tadao Ando for the façade Lighting Design: Lighting Planners Assocs. Interior Design: Concrete Photos: Courtesy, Marriott International Text: Vilma Barr The Challenge: Create hotel interiors and vignettes that match the vibrancy and excitement of Osaka’s streetscapes and the electric nightlife of the Dotonbori District, just around the corner. A secondary challenge was to counter the hotel’s simple, black monolithic façade with an interior that reflects the facets of the city. The Solution: The W Osaka blends Japan’s celebrated cultural heritage with bold contemporary designs in a rarified milieu of playful chic and boundless luxury, often expressed with light. Work hard, and play even harder, while making your mark and owning the moment, was the theme. The spaces deliver both super social and mouth-watering dining experiences.
W Osaka Reflects City’s Facets Since its founding more than two
interpretation of an outwardly
design. The W Osaka, seamlessly,
decades ago, W Hotels, part of
expressive urban center. Osaka has
blends Japan’s celebrated cultural
Marriott International, has grown
grown as a center of commerce
heritage with bold contemporary
to have its name on 55 properties
with a regional population of 19.2
designs in a rarified milieu of play-
around the world, now including
million. Architect of Record for the
ful chic and boundless luxury.
Osaka, Japan. In the competitive
facility of 337 rooms and suites was
hospitality market, the chain’s
Nikken Sekkei with Tadao Ando
Concrete, the true spirit of Osaka
image is promoted in each loca-
for the façade. Lighting Planners
is extravagant simplicity. Every W
tion to interpret and represent
Assocs. (LPA) served as the lighting
hotel, notes the firm, is designed
the surrounding cultures and
for its specific location—with for-
environment. For the 27-story W Hotel Osaka,
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From the interior designer,
The electric nightlife scenery
eign designers invited to offer the
of Dotonbori, the city’s ’s nightlife
fresh perspectives of an outsider.
the interior design by Amster-
district, just around the corner
dam-based Concrete, is a lively
from the hotel, is reflected in its
Running through the heart of Osaka City, the hotel grants easy
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Don’t be deceived by the hotel’s simple black monolithic design—inside hides a world of extravagance, inspired by the many facets of the city, welcoming guests to experience Osaka.
access to the city’s main shop-
To meet the requirements of
ping, dining and entertainment
the developer, Sekisui House, LPA
2700K, employing a variety of LED fixtures with various wattage. Rep-
districts. So, for W’s first hotel in
explained the lighting program at
resentative manufacturers include
Japan, Concrete absorbed the sites,
the design phase with a series of
Koizumi Lighting Technology;
sounds, flavors and thrills of Osaka.
visual presentations with detailed
Daiko Electric; DN Lighting; Color
From the simple beauty of the
sketches and drawings to obtain
Kinetics Japan; Atex, and Modulex.
cherry blossoms and gingko trees
the overall initial agreement. At
lining the Midosuji Boulevard to the
the start of construction, LPA had
It All Starts Out Front
vibrant neon and busy streetscape
models built of the lighting scenes
In line with the area’s vibrancy,
of Dotonburi, Concrete found
at the hotel for the review by
color linear lights were embedded
inspiration in both the simple and
developers and operators which
on the entire feature wall at the
traditional, as well as the modern—
were approved following several
entrance drop-off of the hotel.
even obsessive and extravagant—to
revisions. The color temperature
Mirror balls make up the “W” sig-
celebrate the spirit of the city.
was established at a standardized
nage and glitter with the aid
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CONCRETE FOUND INSPIRATION IN BOTH THE SIMPLE AND TRADITIONAL, AS WELL AS THE MODERN—EVEN OBSESSIVE AND EXTRAVAGANT— TO CELEBRATE THE SPIRIT OF THE CITY.
of in-ground up-lights. The theme of linear color up-lights continues
of extravagance. Spotlights hidden in the wall
“The Living Room” The suspended light sculptures of
into the metallic, origami-style
slits, light the “asanoha” ceiling.
the facility’s main lobby and bar,
arrival tunnel. The faceted tunnel
The latter is one of the most popu-
or “Living Room,” is an artistic
changes colors, reflecting to guests
lar traditional patterns often seen
illuminated interpretation of the
the seasonality and experience
on kimonos. The geometric pattern,
bright outdoor signage commonly
of the seasons. The fixtures are
although abstract, represents over-
displayed on Osaka streets and
installed behind the perforated
lapping hemp leaves, which the
tunnel walls; foot lights are located
pattern is named for, although the
under the walkway.
name also applies to other triakis
bar features live music, stand-up
In the lobby itself is the hotel’s
The Living Room restaurant and
shapes, such as the triakis icosahe-
comedy, a DJ booth and a rotating
iconic staircase. Leading to the
dron and triakis octahedron.
stage in red, accented throughout
staircase, a geometric asanoha
Luminous bar sconces and
with vibrant and colorful furniture.
pattern is integrated into the ceil-
indirect footlights were integrated
ing design with a theme of origami,
into the hexagonal staircase in the
riors are custom-made Japanese
adding an extra component
center of the lobby.
kokeshi dolls, exquisitely backlit,
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Mixing local culture into the inte-
Origami, as well as ginkgo blossoms, inspired the changing colors in the tunnels to reflect the seasons. The walls feature more than 3000 circles laser-cut into metal and folded randomly. ENTRANCE LOBBY
Spotlights hidden in slits illuminate the “asanoha” ceiling: a geometric pattern, representing overlapping hemp leaves, a traditional pattern often used in kimonos in Japan.
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that can be seen just before patrons
enter the restaurant, Oh.lala...
A brasserie in the hotel, Oh.lala...
Inspired by the traditional room
Mixing local culture into the interior design are custom-made Japanese kokeshi dolls.
serves a number of French special-
divider in Japanese architecture,
ties created by Michelin-starred
a shoji screen—translucent sheets
chef, Yusuke Takada. Circular
on a lattice frame—guests see a
pendant luminaires set a festive
flowing curtain, with a folding
atmosphere for the main dining
effect that curves through the
FEAST OF LIGHT
The hotel’s unique “Living Room” is accented by colorful furniture and its signature, circular luminaires housed in various geometric shapes. The theme of circles carries into the restaurant Oh.lala... in the lower left.
whole floor, adding privacy while
also merging each of the spaces
with one unifying element. The bar
Mirror ball pendant lights illumi-
is the pulsing heart of the Osaka
nate the counter and the Mix Bar
W, with an abundance of lanterns
in the standard guestroom. The
above the bar that create an
MixBar embodies W’s “cocktail
extravagant feel, while maintain-
culture.” In the guest rooms, guests
can create their own in-room con-
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coctions. Guests are also treated to
with rain showers and floor-to-ceil-
extravagance. Sized at 80 sq. m
an experience of “light cocktails,” if
ing windows that offer sweeping
with a ceiling height of 2.7 m., all 35
you will, as seamless linear lights
views of the striking Osaka skyline.
suites have king beds, and the bed-
appear on the black mirror when
State-of-the-art in-room tech-
rooms feature an expansive living
the “Escape” scene turns on.
nologies featuring LED TVs and
room and dining space, and
Bluetooth speakers are available
a striking 90-degree view in
ed with neon lights as an homage
so guests can continue the party
to the energy of Osaka. Floor-to-
in their rooms. During the day, the
ceiling windows offer views of the
room is filled with an abundance of
natural light, while at night guests
Novel lighting even appears within
The rooms offer a Zen ambi-
can change the mood with vibrant
the hotel’s workout area. Sus-
ance upon first impression and
neon lights to feel the lively ambi-
pended seamless, linear lights are
then boast bold and provocative W
ance of city life.
installed in the gym with custom-
Each guest room is also decorat-
designs with playfulness and sur-
Zen-inspired ambiance turns to bold and provocative W designs,
recessed in the stretch room ceil-
equipped with spacious bathrooms
with playfulness and surprising
ing. The thinking behind the clean
The Extreme WOW Penthouse Suite on the top 27th floor looks over and beyond the skyline. The penthouse has a panoramic view across five interlocked rooms.
ized ring luminaires that are
prising elements. Each room comes
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and detailed lighting was to reflect
pool steps, create an inspirational
and blue tiles, envisioning
W’s mantra of remixing one’s
sight at the pool. Luminous bar
lifestyle through “detox.retox.
pendants hang above lounge
repeat.” An illuminated highlight is
the “Running Man.” Taken from the
Luminous counter and seamless foot lights were integrated in the bar counter. Ring pendants
iconic Glico running man at Doton-
with ring-shaped luminous bottle
bori, an outline of an illuminated
For guests who prefer to swim out-
shelves are suspended above
man runs across the back wall to
side, the hotel’s WET Bar also func-
motivate guests and their fitness
tions as an event space with an
goals to stay fit and go longer.
LED screen behind the bar perfect for events. The mood can be shifted
Poolside Inside or Out
from day to night with changing
The pool area continues LCA’s use
light colors to keep the fun going.
of deep saturated color. Indirect
natural elements with the wood
underwater luminous lights in the
panels layering the sides of the bar
• Koizumi Lighting Technology www.koizumi-lt.co.jp/english • Daiko Electric www.daikoelectric.com • DN Lighting • Color Kinetics Japan www.colorkinetics.com • Atex • Modulex www.modulex.com
The area incorporates many
lighting in the ceiling cove, and
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WORLD WONDER GETS 21ST CENTURY TECH UPGRADE NIAGARA FALLS Niagara Falls, Canada
Challenge: Upgrade the control system for Niagara Falls. Influence: Often referred to as a Wonder of the World, Niagara Falls is actually a collection of three individual waterfalls on both sides of the border. For decades, using technologies, from carbon-arc search lamps to Zenon, the falls have been illuminated; three years ago, the system was upgraded to LED. That said, technology’s continuing advance left the fall’s managers with a desire to implement greater flexibility for both developing new design concepts, as well as remotely managing the control system in the cloud. Solution: Pharos Architectural Controls was appointed to deliver a new system for lights,
ABOVE: Attracting millions of visitors each year, the waterfalls bridge the border between the aptly named
supplying an LPC 4 that controls both sides of the
cities, Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Niagara Falls, Ontario. The falls bring together natural beauty, flora and fauna, with a host of attractions, hotels and restaurants that have entertained families for decades.
falls. While this unit is compact, its capabilities rival that of a bigger unit, delivering cutting-edge controllability. The LPC 4 is physically located on the Canadian side, and is linked via a fiber network to distribute data to three separate loca-
with the added benefit of their position being at
tions in Niagara Falls, Ontario to illuminate all
eye level with the waterfalls which really puts the
public in the driver’s seat. After any live changes,
The project was a collaboration between Pharos, Pathway Connectivity—who delivered
the system seamlessly reverts to its normal programming.
the data distribution via fiber optics—as well as a
According to Linus Mac Donald, lighting
new back-up system, the SixEye platform, which
consultant for the Niagara Falls Illumination
manages both systems in the cloud. The collabo-
Board, their Toronto-based programmer is able to
ration has provided a real opportunity to offer
quickly program stunning looks using Pharos. “He
bespoke features, such as kiosks allowing the
can even make small tweaks to the program from
public to interact with the lighting. Content can
home, then easily upload using SixEye without
be synchronised on both sides, with three modes
being on site.”•
of operation: public interaction on touchscreens; unique settings for special occasions and holidays
Visit www.pharoscontrols.com or Circle 235. © Niagara Falls Illumination Board
on the fly; or fully automated, usually between midnight and 2 a.m. This live control is made possible for the team via two touchscreens connected to the lighting system, with interfaces designed by Pharos. They offer the ability to control the falls in real time,
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DECORATIVE PENDANT | RETAIL/PERFORMANCE HALL
MUSIC AND LIGHT FACILITATE BETTER INT’L ENTENTE STEINWAY HALL Beijing, China
Challenge: When Steinway & Sons, manufacturer of pianos since 1853, established its first Asia Pacific flagship store in Beijing, the company sought to create a music hall to combines its classic heritage and innovative music technology. Influence: Doubling as a retail store and a showroom of Steinway and family pianos, Steinway Hall Beijing brings the company’s most important innovative products and artistic movements to its music lovers. Furthermore, the hall incorporates the Horowitz Recital Hall on the second floor, which can accommodate more than 100 spectators, enabling concert hosting and master classes given by artists, musicians and educators. The basement boasts piano halls with professional acoustics and a recording studio. It also provides world-class piano technical services by its technicians. Solution: Serving as striking centerpieces in Steinway Hall are several Corona pendants from SONNEMAN–A Way of Light. Available in multiple sizes, each pendant casts a warm ringed glow of LED illumination, providing both the presence and the absence of volume. They are available in a range of larger diameters. These circular profiles of light complement the pianos below, creating a sophisticated atmosphere for musicians and music enthusiasts. According to Steinway CEO Ron Losby, the company is looking forward to ushering in more of China’s music lovers going forward. “We firmly believe that Steinway Hall Beijing will become a musical gallery where we can bring our most important innovative products and artistic movements to its music lovers, and thus provide them with an extraordinary musical experience.”•
ABOVE: Doubling as a retail store and a showroom of Steinway and family pianos, Steinway Hall Beijing brings the company’s most important innovative products and artistic movements to its music lovers and provides an extraordinary musical experience.
Visit www.sonnemanawayoflight.com or Circle 234.
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COLOR TUNABLE DOWNLIGHTS | RESIDENTIAL
COLOR TUNING OPENS THE DOOR FOR NEW EXPERIENCE PRIVATE RESIDENCE Sagaponack, The Hamptons, N.Y.
Challenge: Create a dynamic color-tunable space where people could enjoy sophisticated lighting typically not employed in most homes. Influence: As the pandemic forced people indoors, homes quickly morphed into makeshift gyms, offices, classrooms, and so much more. Such was the case with a newly redesigned residence in the Hamptons, where the owners wished to ensure their utmost health and wellness benefits weren’t impacted by more time spent indoors and away from nature. Solution: The three-story estate, located in Sagaponack, the Hamptons, centers its design around state-of-the-art USAI Lighting LED fixtures and technologies. Common areas, such as the kitchen, living room, dining room and game room, feature trimless BeveLED Mini fixtures
ABOVE: The Hamptons home is a case study of human-centric lighting that ranges from cool white in the
morning hours, to warm candlelight in the evening. Its gym provides the perfect place for color experimentation, as the system supplements workout routines with bright oranges and reds to stimulate energy and movement.
with the brand’s award-winning Infinite Color+ technology that is capable of bathing the space in hues of white light and saturated colors. Infinite Color+ provides limitless color and tunable
temperature and brightness to mimic the sun’s
boost in the bathrooms where it is able to achieve
white light technology to achieve flexible and
journey across the sky—also known as circadian
warmer tones that match the color experience of
sophisticated lighting that can evolve with the
lighting. The lights are automated to emit crisp,
traditional incandescent and halogen lights—cre-
homeowner’s daily rituals and preferences. The
cool white light with blue wave lengths in the
ating a flattering glow throughout the space.
gym, in particular, was programmed to display
morning, and as the sun sets, the lighting dims
bright orange and red colors to stimulate energy
and gets warmer with more red and orange
tainment, including multiple surround sound
and promote movement during a workout, and
wavelengths. This natural process and varying
systems, a dedicated home theater, security,
soft blues and purples to create calm and reduce
exposure to lighting is tied to how bodies regu-
outdoor entertaining spaces, video tiling, a robust
heart rate for cool-downs or meditation.
late metabolism, release signals to the brain and
network infrastructure and motorized shades.
The home also featured connected-home enter-
The Savant system allows easy end-user scene
The system offers high quality white light as
body to get ready for bed, and so much more. As
well. Lighting in the master living room automat-
people spend more time indoors, they are signifi-
control and creation—allowing for one-touch
ically, and subtly, adjusts throughout the day to
cantly cutting back on the body’s access to these
controls that range from simple, one-room light
seamlessly transition from the natural outdoor
natural lighting triggers.
settings, like “Energize” for optimized lighting in
Technologies like Warm Glow Dimming are
the gym, to “Entertainment” that set lights to a
ing the senses. This type of dynamic lighting
installed in the bedroom to help the homeowner
fun party mode along with turning music on in
allows the homeowner to create an ideal interior
better entrain their circadian rhythms and
specific zones and setting the house to entertain
despite the outdoor weather—enjoy crisp sun-
improve sleep. Their bedroom automatically
guests. The homeowners are able to adjust and
like lighting even if it is a cloudy day.
adjusts between a cool bright setting in the morn-
manage those scenes right from their app.•
lighting—creating big changes without shock-
In addition to color-tuning lighting, parts of the house are automated to adjust lighting
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ing that dims to a candlelight to induce sleep at night. Warm Glow Dimming is also an added
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DOWNLIGHTS | HEALTHCARE
SETTING THE STAGE FOR WARMTH AND WELLNESS CENTER FOR HEALTH & WELLBEING Winter Park, Florida
Challenge: Residents of Winter Park, Florida, need to see healthcare professionals, as well as exercise, swim, eat and socialize in an environment that promotes both safety and warmth. Influences: Wellness, fitness and medicine are all under one roof at Duda|Paine Architects’ Center for Health & Wellbeing. The firm wanted the lighting to work well with the chosen materials, and have input on how lighting would accentuate each space. Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design (CBB) was commissioned for the project. © Robert Benson
One of their desires centered around families of lighting that could easily be mixed and matched. Solution: CBB turned to Gotham, and EVO and Incito lines of recessed luminaires for general illumination and accent lighting in the atrium, reception area, fitness center, multi-purpose rooms, corridors and stairwells, and swimming pool. “With comparable aperture sizing between the lines and consistent reflector finishes, you can install an EVO downlight next to an Incito accent. And from below, they look the same, creating a very quiet ceiling,” said Francesca Bettridge. Added Sang Yup Lee, senior associate at CBB, the lines use the same LED modules, so the light output and colors are consistent. “This contributes to the elegance of the design and enables us to meet the aesthetic demands of the space.”
ABOVE: “Constellation” themed lighting in the natatorium was inspired by a series of circular skylights
above pools. In the Nourish Coffee Bar + Kitchen, EVO 4-in. wall washers and corner wall washers highlight the combination of wood, painted upper walls and subway tiles.
An atrium known as the commons is the centerpiece of the space. The second floor features a popular walking track and lounge space that par-
walls and subway tiles. The warm 3000K lighting,
tially overhangs the main floor. EVO 4-in. down-
mounted primarily over the counter and food
lights are recessed in the overhang to illuminate
preparation area, supplement pendants.
walkways below as visitors navigate the facility.
“Constellation” themed lighting in the nata-
available in three different sizes. CBB, noted Lee, also worked with Gotham to create a solution so the LED drivers could be stored in a room nearby. “This gives the center’s
Incito 4-in. accent lighting is also strategically
torium was inspired by a series of circular sky-
team exceptional flexibility for cost-effective
placed along the main floor’s perimeter ceiling.
lights above pools. Using wide beam Incito 2-in.
maintenance. They can address most concerns
downlights and EVO 4-in. and 6-in. downlights in
without first having to drain the pool.”•
In the Nourish Coffee Bar + Kitchen, EVO 4-in. wall washers and corner wall washers highlight
random patterns helped represent planets and
the unusual combination of wood, painted upper
stars. The fixtures are nanotorium rated and
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MOST MODERN TECH HELPS ANTIQUITIES ADAPT TO TODAY GRUUTHUSE MUSEUM Bruges, Belgium
Challenge: At the Gruuthuse Museum, tapestries, stained glass windows, portraits and artistic porcelain tell the story of three periods in the city of Bruges, Belgium’s history. The collection is exhibited in a setting that radiates serenity and warmth. “Adapted lighting plays a leading role in this,” says museum coordinator Aleid Hemeryck. “The lighting brings the art objects and the building to life. In almost every museum, © Gru Museum
it makes or breaks the experience.” Influence: After a five-year renovation, this former city palace would become a contemporary museum requiring a well-thought-out lighting concept that also maximized preservation of the collection. Old works of art are particu-
smartphones. Another benefit of Bluetooth is
larly sensitive to light, notes Hemeryck, which
that it allows a mesh structure as a network
means there is a real risk of damage if they are
topology. Each module in the network has its own
exposed too intensely for too long. The control
intelligence, making central control a thing of
system also had to be combine durability and
the past. “An important advantage of this is that
the proper functioning of the lighting installation does not depend on one central component,” says
Solution: Fixtures from Scottish Stoane Lighting,
van der Meulen. “As a result, the majority of the
which incorporate Xicato LED components, were
installation will continue to do its work pending
selected. According to Patrick van der Meulen,
the replacement of a broken component.”
business development manager at Xicato, the modules have unique properties relating to
According to Hemeryck, it is up the museum
luminous flux and color consistency, and are
to exploit the “smartness” of the system. For
better maintained over the entire lifespan. In
example, it is perfectly possible to calculate,
addition, built-in sensors provide temperature
based on the burning hours, when a work of art
monitoring, and create additional functionality
should be moved back to the archive for a short
for lighting and other applications. “For example,
while in order to prevent excessive aging. “We
built-in beacons allow location-driven services,
also think it would be interesting to take advan-
so an application that provides information on a
tage of the beacons’ ability to develop location-
smartphone or tablet can tell visitors more about
based services. We could even respond creatively
the art object they represent.”
to COVID-19, for example with a warning signal
ABOVE: Although displaying antiquities in
a historic building, the museum operators wished to maximize the “smartness” a hightech lighting system could deliver. One such aspect are the built-in beacons that allow location-driven services—especially desirable during COVID—to manage space populations.
when there are too many visitors in the same For object lighting, Bluetooth Low Energy is used
room. Another option is that technical services
for control, while general building lighting is via
automatically receive an SMS if something goes
DALI. The fact that the LED modules for object
wrong with a module.”•
lighting work with Bluetooth is an asset in that it allows the LED to be adjusted via tablets and
Visit www.xicato.com or Circle 230.
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Durable Corner Mount A corner mount fixture that withstands physical impact and environmental abuse, Luminaire LED’s VCM8 luminaire’s soft edges, combined with a robust construction, make it ideal for high-abuse, highly visible environments. It features an IK10 rating for outstanding impact resistance, an IP65 rating and a highly durable finish that withstands a 4,000-hour salt spray test. Combined with ligatureresistant and tamper-resistant hardware, VCM8 is offered with a lifetime warranty against vandalism. Ceiling-, pendant- and wall-mount are available for the 8-in.-wide luminaire and 2, 3, or 4-ft. lengths. Visit luminaireled.acuitybrands.com or Circle 229.
Comparing the circadian lighting models, the data shows that for color temperatures 3500K, 3000K and warmer, all circadian lighting models are in almost complete agreement.
1 Purely Cylindrical Modular Lighting Instruments’ Minude is defined by a cylindrical shape with a thin, sharp edge and curved inner side. Perfect for both high and low ceilings, the fixture includes a surface-mounted and a stand-alone suspended variant. It includes a deeprecessed light source for a glare-free light effect. Visit www.supermodular.us or Circle 228.
2 SkyBlue Circadian LED Solution In partnership with BIOS Lighting, Lumileds has engineered a circadian lighting solution that delivers superior melanopic ratios at comfortable CCTs. Comprised of LUXEON SkyBlue, and white 3030 HE Plus, the LEDs eliminate technical challenges and enable a single-channel driver to support circadian lighting. Visit www.lumileds.com or Circle 227.
3 The Devil Is in the Details Lucifer Lighting’s two new sources, a fixed 2200K LED, as well as a new warm dim LED, are calibrated to the incandescent dimming range from 2700K to 1800K. These 90+ CRI sources are available for all downlights, trackheads and surface mount fixtures. Visit www.luciferlighting.com or Circle 226.
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Packs a Luminous Punch With smooth edges and a minimalist design, the Hydrel Specialty Architectural Family family delivers powerful lumen output and precise distributions in two small luminaires. Available in 9-in. and 12-in. diameters, the SAF family was designed to illuminate and accentuate architectural details of a façade, to accent signage, landscape or hardscape elements of an open space, or to provide area lighting. The minimalist housing ensures the fixture remains unobtrusive. The SAF7 provides up to 5000 delivered lumens and the SAF14 provides up to 9500. And with an output as high as 90 LPW, each also contributes to excellent energy efficiency. Visit www.hydrel.com or Circle 225.
At its inception, clients don’t typically ask that their project be transformative. Almost no design brief closes with the clause, “And while you are at it, make it transformational.”
4 0-10V New Color Coding In response to the 2020 NEC and NEMA Wire and Cable Section and Lighting Division, eldoLED will phase out purple/gray in favor of purple/pink connectors (or flying leads) in the 0-10V LED drivers that carry UL certification. The transition is expected to be completed by the end of Dec. 2021. Visit www.eldoled.com or Circle 224.
5 Emergency Illumination IOTA ILB CP18 HE CW LP64, an 18W cold-weather emergency driver, features a two-part external lithium battery design. In the event of a loss of power, the driver enables the outdoor/cold-weather fixture to provide emergency illumination along potentially icy and hazardous outdoor paths of egress. Visit www.iotaengineering.com or Circle 223.
6 Slim Is In SSL’s Slim-Line series are an ultra-clean engineered cylinder family without visible seems or fasteners designed for both 1.5-in. and 2-in. diameter offerings; multiple glow rings and baffle options available. Visit www.solidstateluminaires.com or Circle 222.
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X Marks the LX Spot BRUCK’s LX Series is a high-tech fixture with endless options (pictured left is the LX Spot). Performance spot features up to 3360 lm and precision 10-degree to 60-degree beam options, dynamic LensVector or elliptical beam spread. Rich in technology, LX includes SUNlike, Warm Dim, Tunable White, Lumenetix, RGBW, with many control options. Tilts 90-degree and rotates 350-degree. Architectural housing in textured matte: black, white and chrome. Glare reduction accessories include louver, snoots and barn doors. Visit www.brucklighting.com or Circle 221.
Bluetooth is gaining ground. The fact that the LED modules for object lighting work with Bluetooth is an asset in that it allows the LED to be adjusted via tablets and smartphones.
1 Uniform Illumination Tivoli’s Flexile Series features color temperatures and sizes to enable lighting designers to create unique patterns for aesthetic interior applications, including food-grade environments. It includes a UV-stabilized silicone housing that resists saline solutions, acids, alkali, corrosive gases, yellowing and cracking. Visit www.tivolilighting.com or Circle 220.
2 Elegant Cylinder Design With direct or direct/indirect, and round or square styles, 4, 6 and 8-in. H.E. Williams’ new line if cylinders create an elegant ambiance in every environment. Unique TwistLock surface mount technology ensures a simple and secure installation. Visit www.hew.com or Circle 219.
3 Highly Adaptable Cove from Acclaim Lighting is a low-power, high output, dimmable LED cove light. With ColorSwitch technology, its compact 1-ft. and 4-ft. sections fit into tight spaces and long runs of up to 80 ft. Visit www.acclaimlighting.com or Circle 218.
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Floating Work of Art Modern Forms’ Konstrukt, a sculpture of side-lit interlocking panels, renders a thought-provoking aesthetic. Subtle, ambient illumination draws attention to this floating work of modern art. Interlocking panels forged seamlessly together at variant angles create a one-of-a-kind look and design while a slide-on canopy complements this 48-in. luminaire. Each panel features edge-lit ambient illumination, providing a distinct look at every angle. Dims down beautifully with ELV, TRIAC and 0-10V dimmers. The barely visible powered aircraft cables add intrigue. Visit www.modernforms.com or Circle 217.
As the pandemic has forced people indoors, homes quickly morphed into makeshift gyms, offices, classrooms, and so much more. Color tunable lighting became a big part of that.
4 The Right Prescription Lightheaded’s Guardian, a tamper-resistant downlight, features BIOS SkyBlue Dynamic Spectrum lighting to provide full daytime circadian stimulus. Visit www.lightheadedlighting.com or Circle 216.
5 True Colors Luminus and NewEnergy have recently introduced new linear modules built with Salud MP3030 LEDs. The latter are engineered to achieve specific melanopic/photopic ratios in addition to providing light that is both comfortable and renders true colors. Visit www.luminus.com or Circle 215.
6 Glaze Pendant Arteriors, in conjunction with Workshop/APD, Glaze collection is an ode to hand craftsmanship, inspired by beautiful glazed tableware and ceramics that reveal the hand of the maker. The pendant’s super geometric blackened steel armature is paired with rounded ceramic shades in a ivory stained crackle glaze and soft frosted glass that casts a flattering glow. Visit www.arteriorshome.com or Circle 214.
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By Robert Soler, VP Biological Research and Technology, BIOS
The Science is Settled on Circadian Lighting Many designers, specifiers, architects and engineers understand the potential health benefits associated with circadian lighting.
Focusing on the overlap in agreement between the models, it becomes
tonin suppression) during at least the first couple of hours of the day.
clear that there is enough information supporting the fundamental sci-
The main point of differentiation between WELL and the CS model is
ence behind circadian lighting to move forward with confidence.
this: the LRC believes that cones play a significant role in the circadian
Comparing the circadian lighting models, the data shows that for
entrainment, and this cone contribution contains a sub-additivity
color temperatures 3500K, 3000K and warmer, all circadian lighting
component known to existing in color vision. Thus, the CS weighting
models are in almost complete agreement. This means that designers
model shows a peak at 465nm, with a subtraction element accounted
can use 3500K and warmer CCTs (3000K, 2700K, etc.) in their circadian
for in the green part of the visible spectrum. An interesting facet
lighting design, no matter what standard you reference.
that is often omitted when explaining CS is that the sub-additivity in their model only exists for cooler color temperature light sources. For
warmer color temperatures (3500K and lower), the CS model actually
As the lighting industry has tried to decide whether, and how, to estab-
uses a similar weighting function as WELL.
lish metrics and recommendations for circadian lighting, the majority of the disparity lies between the Lighting Research Center (LRC) and
Vertical Light Levels For Daytime Circadian Light Criteria
the WELL Building Standard (IWBI). Most recently the International
In examining side-by-side comparisons showing the amount of vertical
Commission on Illumination (CIE) also released a set of recommenda-
footcandles needed to meet WELL and LRC CS=0.3, they are the same
tions for circadian lighting. The LRC, which developed the “Circadian
for 3500K, 3000K and warmer. For cooler color temperatures, signifi-
Stimulus” model (CS), uses this as its preferred circadian lighting met-
cantly more light is needed in order to meet the circadian lighting
ric. WELL focuses on different aspects of design to improve the health
criteria from the LRC, as compared to WELL.
and wellness of building occupants. WELL uses Equivalent Melanopic
As mentioned earlier, the CIE released an international standard on
Lux (EML) as its circadian lighting metric. CIE has issued a position
the subject in 2018 (CIE S 026:2018) which defines a way to measure
statement and published melanopic Daylight Equivalent Illuminance
light for ipRGC influenced responses. In this paper, CIE utilizes the
(EDI) as its preferred metric.
exact same weighting function as WELL, but refers to their metric as “Melanopic EDI,” rather than equivalent melanopic lux. CIE does not
What We Agree On
provide any threshold of how much day and nighttime exposure, but as
To start, we know that circadian lighting must be measured at the
of Oct. 2019, they have issued a position statement that says:
height of the eye of the observer and in the vertical plane (as opposed to the commonly used horizontal light level measurements taken at the taskplane which are used when designing for vision). WELL uses equivalent melanopic lux, which is based on the Lucas model as its circadian lighting metric, and provides points for circadian lighting
• A high melanopic EDI during the day is usually supportive for alertness, the circadian rhythm and a good night’s sleep. • A low melanopic EDI in the evening and at night facilitates sleep initiation and consolidation. All in all, the data shows that melanopic EDI, equivalent melanopic
design so long as the design meets specific targets as outlined in the
lux, and circadian stimulus, all fundamentally align for 3500K, 3000K
and warmer. Furthermore, CIE Melanopic EDI and WELL equivalent
In WELL v2, and for spaces that rely only on artificial lighting (no
melanopic lux are in total alignment for all color temperatures of light.
daylight contribution), the lighting design must provide 150 vertical melanopic lux to achieve one point, or 240 vertical melanopic lux,
Time to Get to Work
to achieve three points. The lighting design must also provide this
The fundamental science is settled—there are basic principles which
amount of vertical melanopic lux from at least 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily.
can be used to implement circadian lighting, and as the data shows,
LRC’s Circadian Stimulus model is designed to estimate the amount of melatonin suppression provided by a given light source. Circadian Stimulus, (CS)=0.1, means that the light source provides an estimated 10% melatonin suppression; CS=0.2 means that the light source
there is even agreement within the lighting industry regarding the circadian impact for light sources with CCTs of 3500K and warmer. For more information on the science behind circadian lighting, technology and applications, visit www.biosinstitute.org•
provides an estimated 20% melatonin suppression, and so on. LRC recommends a CS greater than or equal to 0.3 (30% estimated mela-
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Radiant Echo: A Starburst of LEDs Transforming the atrium, the hanging light sculpture at Washington College, with its various reflective orbs and LEDs, commemorates the achievements of a former president. Suspended in the glass-walled McLain atrium of
ceiling. The base building’s contractors, Morabito
the Toll Science Center at Washington College,
Consultants and Gipe Engineers, connected it to
Chesterton, Md., Radiant Echo is a light sculp-
the existing structure and power systems located
ture dedicated to the achievements of Joseph H.
in accessible ceilings in adjacent study rooms. In
McLain, a former president of the college who
the electrical closet is the media server. Artwork
specialized in the chemistry of pyrotechnics.
fabricators at 4Wall in Las Vegas assembled the
Designed by Glenn Shrum of Flux Studio Ltd.,
main components and shipped them to Chester-
Baltimore, Md., it evokes the power and brilliance
ton for installation. Observers experience Radiant Echo from
286 reflective orbs and 3,640 programmable LED
multiple interior vantage points as well as from
lights to display a series of dynamic sequences.
outside, where it takes on a night identity as seen
Hanging on the east side of the three-story
© Flux Studio
of fireworks based on scientific principles with
from the adjacent lawn. The project has been
atrium, the sculpture is 27-ft. high, 14-ft. wide and
recognized with awards from the Illuminating
A TRANSFORMATIVE DESIGN
32-ft. deep, and comprised of 78 strands sus-
Engineering Society and the IES District of
pended from aluminum channels at the atrium
The reflective orbs and programmable LEDs, displaying a series of dynamic sequences, transform the atrium.
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