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5 Cautions When Using LED

April 17, 2014

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LEDs are taking over project specifications at an alarming rate. LEDs are dominating rep office visits, and ultimately the lighting specifications we develop. LED Lighting manufacturers have taken a page from companies like Microsoft and by moving at the speed of light continue to issue new releases and improvements to LEDs faster than we had […]

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Five Undiscovered Custom Lighting Shops

March 20, 2014

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I would like to share with you five very unique and talented custom lighting shops. These artisans are not going to show up on a lighting reps line card or be presented at Lightfair. These are the guys that are small shops working with real artisans creating and building unique lighting fixtures. These builds are […]

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Top 10 Off the Hook Lighting Fixtures

May 31, 2013

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For 2013 I made a commitment to myself to publish a lighting blog at least once a month. With a very welcome increase in new lighting design projects, I am scrambling on the last day of May to publish the May blog. I’m going to my free pass for the year to publish what I […]

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When Specifing German Lighting Fixtures Falls Short

March 20, 2012

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  As a profession, the lighting designers are often tagged as the design team member that “blows the lighting budget” when brought into a project. For now we will set that debate aside for another day when we can really dive into the finer points of project budget expectations. Today I only want to present […]

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Architectural Lighting + Lighting Artist

December 2, 2011

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An exciting addition seen in recent proposal requests is an increase in clients that want their project to have more of a video image or animated lighting component.  As architectural lighting designer’s, we find ourselves seeking out and collaborating more with these unique lighting artists. Architects and artists have always collaborated on projects. The architect […]

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Where Have All The CFL’s Gone?

November 1, 2011

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Last week CREE announced that their advances with LED technology will soon replace the popular energy wasting halogen sources. While incandescent lamps, including halogen, are easier targets for the LED’s, it’s the CFL’s that need to rethink their place in the lamp food chain. My partner, Mark Sills, brought up an interesting point during the […]

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Seriously, yet another Blog?

October 23, 2011

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Back in 1996, way before we had the buzz word “social networking” CharterSills had a monthly Fax newsletter called “The Edison”. We had this cool software that would auto-dial all the fax numbers of our contacts and send them this one page newsletter that covered 5 short topics like lighting applications, lamps, or cutting edge […]

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