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Fundamentals of Architectural Lighting Design


Successful architectural lighting design requires professionals that have artistic vision along with solid technical aptitude.  These experts need to couple their creativity with knowledge of building codes, physics, optics, sustainability practices, internet of things (IoT), LED and control technologies and human-centric lighting, and more. Today’s lighting designers take a holistic approach to illuminating a property with attention to the aesthetic, functional, and energy efficiency aspects of lighting.

Smart Street Lighting is Creating the Infrastructure for Cities of the Future

As cities grow, smart street lighting will play an important role.  According to the United Nations, 68% of the world population is projected to live in urban areas by 2050. North America, one of the most urbanized regions of the world, had 82% of its population living in urban areas in 2018.

New Indoor Positioning and Proximity Applications Use Bluetooth Beacons

The latest beacon technology is enabling new applications in healthcare, higher-ed, and commercial real estate.

3 Top Commercial Lighting Trends for 2020

A broadening of the role of luminaires and a continued focus on people and energy efficiency are three top commercial lighting trends projected for 2020.

Where are we at with Smart Building Adoption?

Initially, energy savings was the central driver for smart building technology adoption. Substantiating that investment was straightforward and easily backed up.  Fast forward a decade, and many building owners and managers now realize the additional benefits of a connected, sensor-laden technology infrastructure that supports building efficiencies, predictive maintenance, physical security, and increased occupant safety, comfort and productivity. Energy savings remain part of the conversation, but it is not the only motivation.

What is the Connection between Smart Lighting and IoT?

Editor’s note: This popular post was originally published in February 2018 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

The term ‘Internet of Things’ is a growing topic of conversation. What exactly is the Internet of Things (IoT) and what does smart lighting have to do with it?

Countermeasures for Smart Lighting Security Attacks and Threats

In this article, we focus on cyber-attacks and insider threats to the smart lighting system and the countermeasures an organization can take to help minimize these incidents.

5 Lighting Design Strategy Trends in Healthcare Facilities

When you think of a healthcare facility, do you think of a large sprawling hospital campus?  Today, that is just one of the many types of medical facilities. There are a variety of other facilities that provide healthcare services including medical offices, urgent care, ambulatory surgical centers and more. In fact, the future of healthcare is looking a lot like retail that targets the consumer--distributed settings that are smaller, less expensive, conveniently located and with an eye to the experience.

Why Every Smart Building Needs a Sensor in Every Luminaire

Today, most facility managers are looking to increase building efficiencies while also preparing for the Internet of Things (IoT). Maintaining or increasing building efficiencies is no small task in its own right. When you add the impending explosion of IoT and smart building applications that ‘every facility manager should be prepared for’, the knowledge level and number of decisions required by facility management increases exponentially. What IoT applications should you launch and what infrastructure will need to be in place to support them?

How to Get Precision Tunable White Lighting

Human centric lighting puts people at the center of lighting design. It considers both the visual and non-visual effects of light from a physiological and psychological perspective and extends the scope of lighting beyond the traditional architectural design approach, which focuses on aesthetics, visibility and safety. Tunable white (TW) is the enabling technology for human centric lighting applications.