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Monthly Archives: December 2011
Today in honor of the up and coming New Year, I am spotlighting some fun and unusual lighting pieces reminiscent of fireworks and confetti. Color, shape and style and a strong interplay of light and shadow embrace the elements of these outstanding pendants.
To start we have The Alejo Ruocco Blowup Pendant
PHOTO: Hand made pendant lamps by Alejo Ruocco, with shades made of irregular, colorful strips of fabric arranged to look like fireworks.
2012 is almost here and Times Square in New York City is getting ready to celebrate with the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration featuring Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with musical performances by Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and many more. Balloons, pom-poms, over 2,000 pounds of confetti, colorful pyrotechnic displays and more than one million people to party with is sure to bring in the New Year with fun and entertainment. Also included in this world renowned celebration is the legendary Times Square Ball illuminated with 32,256 Philips LED’s.
PHOTO: New York Times Square 2012 LED Ball
The time has come in technology where lighting has advanced to more than just well…lighting. A Dutch company, Royal Philips Electronics has moved passed basic lighting into advanced lighting that helps patients heal and reduce their stress levels during their treatment at the hospital.
Part 2: Task Lighting
To continue our previous discussion on the three basic types of lighting, we covered general lighting and now for task lighting. Task lighting is focused light that helps you perform specific tasks such as reading, homework, office work, specified lighting for medical/dental offices, cooking etc. Task lighting can be provided from a number of light sources including desk/task lamps, pendant lighting and even track lighting. Task lighting should be bright enough to prevent the user from straining their eyes, and should be free from glare and shadows. Here are some good examples of task lighting.
There are three types of basic lighting: General Lighting, Task Lighting and Accent Lighting. When designing a lighting plan use the 3 basics to create layers of light, which will make tasks easier and highlight key design features throughout your decor.
General Lighting, also known as “Ambient Lighting” provides overall illumination throughout your space. General lighting also enables enough light for you to see comfortably and walk around safety. General lighting can be accomplished with the use of wall or/and ceiling mounted fixtures, chandeliers, recessed lighting, track lighting and basic exterior lighting. General lighting is a fundamental element in creating a lighting plan, and should be considered first before incorporating additional light sources.
Stay tuned for Part 2 on Task Lighting.