Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
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Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
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Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
Pershing Square Renew | Education| Lighting Design Alliance
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Lighting Design Alliance

23 May 16

Pershing Square Renew

Posted by Jason Stroebel

LDA is happy to announce they apart of the Pershing Square Renew Agence Ter design team.

http://pershingsquarenew.com/meet-winning-team/

27 Apr 16

VMSD April 2016 features LDA’s Design at Nike Seattle

Posted by Jason Stroebel

LDA's lighting design feature at Nike Seattle recognized in VMSD April 2016 VMSD-Apr_2016

01 Mar 16

LDA and Capital Engineering Food Drive

Posted by Jason Stroebel

Lighting Design Alliance teamed up with Capital Engineering Consultants to combat hunger sponsoring a Long Beach based organization, the Foodbank of Southern California. With a goal of 300 pounds, both firms, along with the support of Local Sales Representatives, collected over 960 pounds of assorted food items! Lighting Design Alliance

30 Oct 15

Lighting Design Alliance’s Pumpkin Carving Champions

Posted by Jason Stroebel

Congratulations to Karina Isas, Kathryn Toth, Chip Israel, Daniella Vela, Meng Gong and Arex Soontharuch!

Lighting Design Alliance Pumpkin Carving

16 Sep 15

iLight -  Topshop Fifth Avenue, New York City

Posted by Jason Stroebel

Lighting Design Alliance's Topshop Fifth Avenue project featured in iLightCase Study.

Topshop Fifth Avenue

24 Jul 15

Congratulations Andy Powell!!!

Posted by Jason Stroebel

Lighting Design Alliance honors Andy Powell for 20 years of Distinguished Service. Thank you for all you do Mr. Powell.

09 Apr 15

Team One USA Won the LABJ Tenant Improvement Award

Posted by Lisa Israel

LDA's and Shubin + Donaldson's Team One USA Wins LABJ Tenant Improvement Award

Read More

14 May 14

Chip Israel - Lume Arquitetura Magazine Article

Posted by Jason Stroebel

Learn more about Chip and Lighting Design Alliance.

Chip Israel - Lume Arquitetura Magazine Article

18 Nov 13

Chip Israel featured in Luminous Spec Newsletter Fall 2013

Posted by Jason Stroebel

Learn more about Chip and Lighting Design Alliance.

Luminous Spec Newsletter Fall 2013

25 Jun 13

2013 LA Architecture Awards Winners

Posted by Jason Stroebel

Lighting Design Alliance is proud to be part of the 28th Street Apartments, Grand Park, Japanese House at Huntington Library, Arts Collections, and Botanical Gardens and Wilshire Grand award winning design teams.

2013 LA Architecture Awards Winners

17 Jun 13

2013 Westside Urban Forum Design Award Winners

Posted by Jason Stroebel

Lighting Design Alliance would like to congratulate KoningEizenberg for 28th Street Apartments as well as Rios Clementi Hale Studios for Grand Park for the 2013 Westside Urban Forum Design Award.

Lighting Design Alliance is proud to be part of the 28th Street Apartments and Grand Park design teams.

2013 Westside Urban Forum Design Award Winners

22 Apr 13

2013 PRESERVATION AWARDS

Posted by Jason Stroebel

2013 PRESERVATION AWARDS

Lighting Design Alliance is proud to be recognized, as part of the Japanese House and 28th Street Apartments design build teams in the 2013 Preservation Awards.

Lighting Design Alliance - The Japanese House

The Japanese House at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, 91108

2013 PRESERVATION AWARDS - The Japanese House at The Huntington Library

Lighting Design Alliance - 28th Street Apartments

28th Street Apartments 1006 E. 28th Street, Los Angeles, 90011

2013 PRESERVATION AWARDS - 28th Street Apartments

12 Apr 13

Kelly Presents Aulani

Posted by Jason Stroebel

Aulani
A Disney Resort & Spa
Kyllene (Kelly) A. Jones, LEED AP | Lighting Design Alliance

Kelly Jones Lighting Design Alliance

Designing a destination resort that lives up to the Disney name certainly has its challenges. Starting with extensive research into Hawaiian history in order to develop a distinctly Hawaiian experience, the design evolved to include the design of custom lighting fixtures to enhance the theming of the property. Lighting Design Alliance's Kelly Jones presents the design evolution of this project, and the difficulty of balancing the expectations of today's resort guests with strict safety standards.

26 Nov 12

19th annual Thea Awards

Posted by Jason Stroebel

LDA is proud to announce 2 Awards for Outstanding Achievement

Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge, Disney California Adventure Park – Anaheim, USA

Lighting Design Alliance worked closely with interior lighting designers at ABA Design Studio and SMS Architects to ensure that all decorative and general lighting were coordinated, helping to guarantee the success of this highly themed restaurant. The Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge is part of Disney’s $1 billion improvements to Disney’s California Adventure theme park.

Lighting Design Alliance

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa - Ko Olina, Oahu, Hawaii USA

Extensive research into Hawaiian culture was imperative to the execution of the concepts and appearance of decorative fixtures, with careful color selection of ambers and blues inspired by the surrounding landscape. Multiple layers from points of light and intentional contrast, a common theme, met strict illumination guidelines, while creating the dramatic 'aloha' feel that can only be experienced in Hawaii.

Lighting Design Alliance

19th annual Thea Awards recipients announced by Themed Entertainment Association (TEA)

16 Nov 12

AIAOC Art Walk 2012

Posted by Jason Stroebel

LDA is proud to announce the acceptance of Jenn Doran's "Hey, Mister? You’re On fire." piece into the AIAOC Art Walk 2012 and invitation only 2012 AIA design Awards in Orange County.

Congrats Jenn!!!

AIAOC Art Walk 2012

Lighting Design Alliance

24 Oct 12

AIA|LA 2012 Design Awards

Posted by Jason Stroebel

As part of the AIA | LA Design Awards, Los Angeles' most celebrated architectural awards of the season, the Presidential Honorees will be celebrated, along with all Design Award and NextLA winners on October 22, 2012 at the beautiful Broad Stage in the Santa Monica Performing Arts Center. Presidential Honor Awards (presented by AIA|LA Chapter President, Stuart Magruder, AIA) Building Team of the Year: Grand Park The Presidential Awards recognize select individuals that take leadership roles in their profession.

AIA|LA is proud to announce the 2012 Presidential Board Honorees:

25-Year Award: Petal House - Eric Owen Moss, FAIA
Emerging Practice: Oyler Wu Collaborative
Design Advocate: Martha Welborne, FAIA
Educator Award: Hernan Diaz Alonso
Community Contribution: Warren Olney
Honorary AIA|LA: Michael Webb
Building Team of the Year: Grand Park
Gold Medal: Hank Koning, FAIA / Julie Eizenberg, AIA

Lighting Design Alliance

02 Oct 12

USC School of Architecture Students Sweep Competition for Lighting Internship

Posted by Jason Stroebel

LDA congratulates Verónica Garretón Galen's students for winning the graduate category of the Saul M. Goldin Internship Competition.

The University of Southern California (USC) School of Architecture is pleased to announce that Master of Architecture student Anyin Ye is the 2012 winner of the Saul M. Goldin Memorial Lighting Competition. Other finalists include: Mika Yagi, Celeste Rodriguez and Sandra Yue Liu. This year all four of the finalists were students at the School of Architecture enrolled in Advanced Environment Systems or Architectural Lighting Design.
To read more: USC Press Release

02 Oct 12

Jin Jiang River Corridor Master Plan - Best Planning Project: Merit Award

Posted by Jason Stroebel

Jin Jiang River Corridor Master Plan won a merit award from Architectural Record for Best Planning Project in the “Good Design is good Business” China Awards.

Jin Jiang River Corridor Master Plan

01 Oct 12

LDA WISHES YOU A HAPPY MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL

Posted by Jason Stroebel

LDA WISHES YOU A HAPPY MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL!
LDA祝您中秋节快乐! Lighting Design Alliance

26 Sep 12

Chip presents at IBPSA-LA: PechaKucha 20x20 Event

Posted by Jason Stroebel

We are excited to share the announcement of the newly formed Los Angeles Chapter of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA).

Chip Israel presented at the kick-off for 20x20 Pecha Kucha which introduced the community of the chapter’s mission to improve buildings through performance based design.

Lighting Design Alliance

12 Sep 12

Vote for CANstruction

Posted by Jason Stroebel

LDA Donates Canstruction Orange County

Canstruction®, a charity committed to ending world hunger, is using 'one can' as a catalyst for change. Over 500,00 Orange County residents are food insecure. Orange County Canstruction® occurs every September in conjunction with the Festival of Children at South Coast Plaza. Join us at this year's Orange County Canstruction® event and help put an end to world hunger.

Lighting Design Alliance

Lighting Design Alliance

10 Sep 12

LDA Book - Ignite

Posted by Jason Stroebel

Check your local book store, "IGNITE" is now available.

Lighting Design Alliance

24 Jul 12

Grand Park Opens July 26!

Posted by Jason Stroebel

Downtown LA’s Grand Ave Park is finally reaching completion! The park extends from The Music Center on the East to City Hall on the West. There will be a Civic Dedication on Thursday July 26th and a public opening on Saturday July 28th. Blocks 1 and 2 will open first, with blocks 3 and 4 to follow.

We feel very fortunate that LDA was involved in such a prestigious job. Please go check it out if you’re in the area!

Grand Park Inaugural Weekend Events

L.A. Times Grand Park

L.A. Times Grand Park Opening Article

Downtown LA Event Calendar - Grand Park Opening

Lighting Design Alliance

11 Jul 12

LDA - Fim of the Year - 2012 Lumen West Awards

Posted by Chip Israel

The 2012 Lumen West Awards honor the top tier lighting design projects for the Los Angeles and Orange County chapters of the Illumination Engineering Society of North America. Lighting Design Alliance was presented with several awards:

IESLA Firm of the Year:

Lighting Design Alliance

Award of Merit:

UCLA Infusion Center
Chase Dallas Tower

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IES National Awards of Merit:

Chase Dallas Tower
Crafton Hills College : Learning Resource Center
Lukshon Restaurant
Swarovski Showroom

Outstanding Service for IESLA:

Veronica Galen
Damali Kounthapanya

LDA Awards
IESLA Home
IESLA Events

09 May 12

LDA Book Signing a Success!

Posted by Jason Stroebel

Chip Israel Booksigning

LDA would like to thank everyone who attended our IGNITE book signing! It was a smashing success for both LDA and H+I. We loved celebrating with the clients, sales reps, family and friends who came out to support us.... because we can't do it without you!

IGNITE Available at:
Hennessey + Ingalls
Visual Profile Books
Amazon

30 Apr 12

Galen Teaching at USC

Posted by Jason Stroebel

Veronica Garreton Galen is a Senior Designer at Lighting Design Alliance and an Adjunct Professor at University of Southern California (USC) School of Architecture. Her AR599 course introduces lighting design concepts by topical lectures, site visits and a semester-long, hands-on case study. She is pleased to announce that four of her lighting design students were selected as the finalists for the inaugural year of the Saul M. Goldin Memorial Scholarship, with Anyin Ye selected as the ultimate winner. The team at Lighting Design Alliance commits themselves to lighting education through presentations to IES chapters nationwide, DLF, USGBC, and international conferences and has found great reward and talent in the next generation of lighting designers while teaching at local universities and as summer interns.

Illuminating Engineering Society Internship - Los Angeles Division
Illuminating Engineering Society - North America
University of Southern California School of Architecture

07 Mar 12

LDA Releases IGNITE

Posted by Jason Stroebel


PLEASE JOIN CHIP ISRAEL AND THE STAFF OF LIGHTING DESIGN ALLIANCE
TO CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF THEIR MONOGRAPH BOOK
IGNITE

Hennessey + Ingalls
Santa Monica

Thursday, March 29, 2012
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Click for Directions

Wine + Cheese Tasting
Louis Poulsen Door Prize

IGNITE showcases a variety of LIGHTING DESIGN ALLIANCE'S finest design concepts. LDA’s portfolio covers numerous market sectors, and each particular location tells its own unique story, integrating lighting within architecture, landscape, and interior design. As diverse as these projects seem, each is tailored with the same care and precision for our clients. On the forefront of the lighting design industry, LDA constantly pushes the envelope of innovation and sustainability. LDA crafts aesthetically pleasing, creative lighting solutions which meet our human physical and psychological needs and desires while adhering to the owner’s schedule and budget.

IGNITE Available at:
Hennessey + Ingalls
Visual Profile Books
Amazon

08 Dec 11

Chip Israel Speaks at IES Road Show

Posted by Chip Israel

Chip Israel, upcoming 2012-2013 President Elect for the Illuminating Engineering and Lighting Design Alliance’s President, will be traveling across continental United States on behalf of the organization. Mr. Israel will discuss the merits of IES membership (including an overview of the new HANDBOOK published in July 2011) and provide an introduction to the new Strategic IES Plans with a view to the future. He will then deliver a - one hour AIA/USGBC and IES registered presentation entitled: Lighting and Daylighting for Sustainable Commercial Spaces. The presentation will focus on identifying lighting technology and daylighting integration opportunities that support the future of sustainable design (inclusive of the LEED process) as well as fulfilling the energy code requirements notwithstanding the benefits of maximizing the quality execution of lighting in the space. Check your local IES calendars for a presentation near you. Excerpt from "IESNA Tour 2011"

Illuminating Engineering Society - North America
Illuminating Engineering Society - Los Angeles Division
Illuminating Engineering Society - Orange County Division

08 Jul 11

LDA Receives Multiple 2011 IES Awards

Posted by Chip Israel

The 2011 Lumen West Awards were held on June 25th by the Los Angeles chapter of the International Engineering Society of North America. Lighting Design Alliance was presented with 3 Awards of Merit:

Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village
Chase Bank Belmont Shore
Chase Bank Whittier

Several LDA projects were also presented Awards of Merit at the IES National level:

Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village
The Colony
Hyde Lounge at Staples Center
Chase Bank Pasadena Chase Bank Bensonhurst
Chase Bank Whittier

LDA Awards
IESLA Home
IESLA Events

03 May 11

NeoCon 2011 Presentation By LDA

Posted by Chip Israel

Incorporating LEDs Without Getting Burned

NeoCon 2011 at The Merchandise Mart, Chicago from June 13 - 15

Get a crash course on LED products and arm yourself with knowledge. As LED technology changes from week to week, you’ll be able to ask reps and manufacturers the right questions to keep yourself up to speed. Discuss lighting issues including binning, heat syncs, color temperature, color shift, controls, testing, and sustainability. Get a basic understanding of the components of a LED system including control options, and then learn to recognize opportunities for LED lighting in your own projects. Also, make sure you know how to discern when LED lighting is right and when other traditional lighting is appropriate for your architectural or sustainable goals.

Incorporating LEDs Without Getting Burned [W308]
Charles Israel, FIALD, MIES, LC, LEED AP
Wednesday, 15 June 2011, 9:30 a.m.

NeoCon
NeoCon Overview
NeoCon Seminars

02 May 11

LDA to Speak at Smart Lighting Value Chain Summit

Posted by Chip Israel

Infocast’s Smart Lighting Value Chain Summit 2011

June 20-22, 2011 at the Network Meeting Center in Santa Clara, CA

Infocast’s inaugural Smart Lighting Value Chain Summit provides a comprehensive map to this fast-changing competitive landscape. By bringing together participants from across the value chain, including LEDs, smart grid, lighting controls, energy eficiency, and smart energy end users and influencers, the smart lighting networking conference will create a robust environment for both identifying new opportunities and strategies and for relationship-building as well as deal-making. The Value Chain Summit will be preceded by a half-day Future of Smart Lighting Symposium.

Chip Israel, the President of the Lighting Design Alliance, will be participating in The Indoor Lighting Specifier Panel: How Do Building End Users and Influencers View the Coming Revolution in Smart Lighting, will take place on Tuesday June 21st from 1:30pm - 2:30pm.

Smart Lighting Value Chain Summit

07 Apr 11

LDA Herman Miller Showroom Tour - April 26, 2011

Posted by Chip Israel

Herman Miller Showroom Tour + Discussion of Lighting for Sustainable Commercial Spaces

Lighting Design Alliance LDA Leads USGBC-LA Chapter Event Tour of Herman Miller Showroom in Los Angeles on April 26, 2011

6-8pm
3641 Holdrege Avenue, Los Angeles
$15 Members/ $25 Non-Members
1 GBCI CMP Credit Available

Chip Israel, the President of the Lighting Design Alliance will be discussing lighting systems for sustainable commercial spaces at the Herman Miller Showroom. His presentation has been approved for 1 GBCI CMP Credit. Following the discussion will be a tour of Herman Miller to illustrate the lighting design theories put in place.

Herman Miller LA Showroom
Herman Miller
USGBC-LA Events
USGBC

01 Apr 11

Herman Miller LA Showroom Wins Source Award

Posted by Chip Israel

2010 Cooper Lighting Source Awards Competition Honors the Herman Miller Showroom in Los Angles, CA

Lighting Design Alliance Awarded Honorable Mention Sustainability Award in the Commercial Category

When Herman Miller sought a flagship showroom in Los Angeles, a former warehouse caught the company’s attention. With the help of the company’s design and construction team, this 28,000-square-foot renovation became the first LEED Commercial Interiors Platinum project in Los Angeles. Because Herman Miller’s products are used in many environments, the initial design directive was that the space should be a clean, modern environment with an incandescent, “residential” feel. In addition, it was to be implemented as a low-cost, energy-efficient system. The showroom itself is divided into many different vignettes, including offices with modular workstations, classrooms, meeting rooms, and residential environments. Lighting is the unifying element.

The building’s energy performance was a key factor in obtaining the highest level of LEED certification. The lighting system incorporates high-efficacy fixtures, infrared occupancy sensors, and daylight harvesting. After completing a lengthy commissioning process, the facility operates at 0.69 watts per square foot, which performs 41 percent better than the ASHRAE minimum requirements.

Herman Miller LA Showroom
Herman Miller
Cooper Source Awards

01 Apr 11

LDA at GlobalShop 2011 - Retail and LED Lighting : Promise and Problems

Posted by Chip Israel

LED lighting is everywhere; and retailers and retail designers are getting LED pitches every day. Does LED lighting make sense?

Lighting Design Alliance, presented on this topic at GlobalShop 2011 in Las Vegas on 30 March 2011

Cutting through the hype and jargon of LED technology can be exhausting and confusing. This presentation brings designers to the inner world of LEDs to address what are the true applications in retail lighting and how to evaluate the plethora of LED product offerings. The seminar discusses the benefits and shortcomings of this ever-expanding technology and provides distinct parameters to evaluate and compare LED products. What is the role and what are the limitations of controls with LEDs? What color are they...really? How do LEDs fit in my retail environment—should I be using them? What is the future? These questions and many more are discussed with non-brand-specific product comparisons with sample "equivalent LEDs," real-world examples of price and lifecycle cost, discussion of different LED track, recessed, signage and case lighting with the important points to know when working with them.

GlobalShop 2011
Handout
LDA Retail Projects

15 Mar 11

Second LDA LEED Course USGBC Approved

Posted by Jason Stroebel

Lighting and Daylighting for Sustainable Commercial Spaces

Second LEED Credential Maintenance Program Course offered by LDA

The Lighting Design Alliance office provides a real world example of the effectiveness of sustainable design, operating at only 0.1W per sq. ft, where the stringent CA Title 24 Energy Code allots 1.2W per sq. ft. Looking forward, architects and designers will need to have an arsenal of creative solutions for energy savings, and this case study presents and evaluates more than 10 installed real world applications, while redefining the perception of a commercial office for the future.

Learning Objectives
•Identify lighting and daylighting integration opportunities in their own projects' early design stages.
•Identify strategies for lighting/daylighting performance and evaluate those strategies in relation to energy consumption and conservation including LEED credits.
•Recognize the benefits of occupancy sensors, lighting control presets, daylight sensors, systems integration, and dimming controls, in managing and evaluating energy while maximizing available daylight.
•Compare and assess the effectiveness and limitations of LED, CFL, Fluorescent, metal halide, and incandescent lamp technology as they relate to the future of sustainable design and energy codes.

Lighting and Daylighting for Sustainable Commercial Spaces
USGBC
USGBC - Los Angeles Chapter
USGBC - Education Review Services

23 Feb 11

USGBC National Approves LDA Office LEED Course

Posted by Chip Israel

The Next Generation of Green Lighting

LEED Credential Maintenance Program Course offered by Lighting Design Alliance

The Lighting Design Alliance office provides a real world example of the effectiveness of sustainable design, operating at only 0.1W per sq. ft, where the stringent CA Title 24 Energy Code allots 1.2W per sq. ft. Looking forward, architects and designers will need to have an arsenal of creative solutions for energy savings, and this case study presents and evaluates more than 10 installed real world applications, while redefining the perception of a commercial office for the future. This presentation will walk you through the renovation of an office/manufacturing building and its goal of achieving a design meeting LEED Platinum standards, including more than 10 unique lighting and daylighting solutions. Then the presentation describes a more advanced Healthcare project (Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi) which uses innovative lighting and shading to achieve LEED certification while maintaining patient comfort.

Learning Objectives:
•List methods on how to enhance energy performance in a building.
•Recognize which credits can be achieved in building renovation.
•Utilize and customize daylighting techniques and products to fit their projects' needs.
•Describe how lighting controls can modify energy consumption and ensure comfort and productivity.

The Next Generation of Green Lighting
USGBC
USGBC - Los Angeles Chapter
USGBC - Education Review Services

16 Dec 10

LD+A Profiles LDA Lighting Designer Bryan Klammer

Posted by Jason Stroebel

Future Leaders - The Next Generation of Lighting Luminaries

Bryan Klammer Featured as Rising Star in the Lighting Profession

LD+A,a magazine for professionals involved in the art, science, teaching, and implementation of lighting, showcased 25 of the top up-and-coming professionals in the lighting industry. Nominated by over 50 top lighting professionals representing all aspects of industry, Bryan Klammer was honored to be included in the fine selection. This profile on Bryan provides insight to his background, techniques, his future goals, and an overview of some of his completed projects.

Bryan’s technical knowledge, grounded in a comprehensive engineering education, along with his growing design experience and interpersonal team relationships allow him to work closely with a design team to provide innovative lighting solutions. Whether acting in a lead designer capacity or in a support role as part of a project team, Bryan’s professionalism and dedication make him a valuable member of the Lighting Design Alliance staff.

Future Leaders : Bryan Klammer, LD+A, December 2010
Lighting Design Alliance Publications
LD+A

15 Sep 10

LDA Speaking at Hawaii Energy Expo 2010

Posted by Jason Stroebel

Lighting and Daylighting for Sustainable Spaces

Lighting Design Alliance president Chip Israel to Speak at Hawaii Energy Expo 2010

With electricity rates over double the national average, Hawaii is paying special attention to reducing residential, commercial and industrial power consumption. Hawaii Energy and Hawaiian Electric Company will be co-sponsoring the Hawaii Energy Expo 2010 in late September to discuss these topics. The Energy Expo is one of the largest of its kind in the State of Hawaii. It will offer numerous workshops, covering the most up-to-date technology topics including lighting design and application. Chip Israel will be one of several lighting professionals speaking at the seminar on energy efficiency and innovation in retail, hospitality, and commercial spaces.

Date: September 28, 2010
Time: 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa

Hawaii Energy Expo 2010
Hawaii Energy
Hawaiian Electric Company

24 Aug 10

Cole Haan Expands to Middle East with LDA Designs

Posted by Chip Israel

As consultants to Cole Haan, Lighting Design Alliance developed many lighting solutions in coordination with Callison for the successful hi-end retail stores. LDA created a specialized partnership with Cole Haan to expand the retailer reach from an elaborate flagship store on New York's Madison Avenue to budget and energy conscience outlet stores across the United States. Cole Haan is now thinking overseas, expanding to the world market, with LDA tailoring lighting design to match.

"After rolling out stores across the United States over the past eight years, the luxury clothing and accessories retailer Cole Haan has begun extending its reach around the world. Shortly after the domestic stores began to open, it launched a series of stores in Asia, and now it’s making its mark in the Middle East. While the number of store locations keeps growing, one thing remains the same—a distinct brand identity that clearly shines through every retail environment from Madison Avenue to the Dubai Mall, where the newest Cole Haan store recently opened." Excerpt from "Contract Design: True to Form: Callison Designs a New Cole Haan Store in Dubai"

Cole Haan Factory Stores
Cole Haan Madison Ave
Callison
Contract Design

12 Jul 10

LDA Certified as Los Angeles Small Business

Posted by Chip Israel

Lighting Design Alliance is now certified with the City of Los Angeles as a Small Business. LDA is now listed in the City of Los Angeles Small, Local Business directory as a firm specializing in Architectural Lighting Design, Energy Audits, Sustainability Consulting, and LEED Energy Consulting. Independently owned and operated, LDA is a California based business providing lighting design consulting to private and government projects worldwide.

CA.gov Office of Small Business and DVBE Services

08 Jul 10

2010 Hospital Build Middle East Awards LDA Project

Posted by Chip Israel

Lighting Design Alliance designed hospital, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, was awarded the 2010 Best Hospital Design Award as part of a series of hospital design awards announced annually at the Hospital Build Middle East Exhibition & Congress.

The award, open to both completed and planned projects, looks for an outstanding hospital design scheme that places both patients and the environment at the heart of the project, reflecting the vision and mission of the organization in the final design.

Hospital Build Middle East Exhibition & Congress
Hospital Build Middle East 2010 Awards

17 Jun 10

LDA Featured in Perspectives On Design California

Posted by Chip Israel

Lighting Design Alliance was recently asked to contribute to Perspectives On Design California, Panache Partner’s latest entry in their series of inspiring “upscale coffee table books.”

Featuring design and architecture inspired by the California lifestyle, this book is a collection of the finest luxury residences California has to offer, with Lighting Design Alliance as a collaborative member alongside other notable designers. Perspectives takes the reader on an tour inside some of the most beautifully designed homes in California.

"From opulent wine châteaux in Napa Valley to Spanish-style villas in Orange County and beyond, California certainly lays claim to a wide variety of luxury residences.” Explains Panache’s promotional director. “A brilliant hardcover volume, Perspectives on Design California guides you through this diverse architectural fabric with grace and style, beginning with the architectural concept and ending with the ornamental details and finishing touches that make a home unique. With Perspectives on Design California, you will gain exclusive, rare insight into the philosophies and techniques of the state’s most notable architects, builders, designers, artisans, artists, and other creative specialists."

Perspectives on Design California is available at fine art and architecture bookstores, or online.

Perspecives On Design California - Lighting Design Alliance
Lighting Design Alliance Publicaitons
Perspectives On Design California
Panache Partners

10 Jun 10

LDA Receives Awards at 2010 IESLA Lumen West

Posted by Chip Israel

The 2010 Lumen West Awards were held on June 26th by the Los Angeles chapter of the International Engineering Society of Noth America. Lighting Design Alliance was presented with 5 awards representing multiple award categories:

Herman Miller Los Angeles Showroom
UCLA Clinical Practices Offices
XIV Restaurant
Iridescence Restaurant
The Hilton Orlando Lumen West Award of Excellence

IESLA Home
IESLA Events

09 Jun 10

Chip Israel to Present at AIA 2010

Posted by Chip Israel

The Lighting Design Alliance office provides a real world example of the effectiveness of sustainable design, operating at only 0.1W per sq. ft, where the stringent CA Title 24 Energy Code allots 1.2W per sq. ft. Looking forward, architects and designers will need to have an arsenal of creative solutions for energy savings, and this case study presents and evaluates many options in the real world, while redefining the perception of a commercial office for the future.

Learning Objectives:
● Identify lighting and daylighting integration opportunities in their own projects’ early design stages.
● Identify strategies for lighting/daylighting performance and evaluate those strategies in relation to energy consumption and conservation, including LEED credits.
● cognize the benefits of occupancy sensors, lighting control presets, daylight sensors, systems integration, and dimming controls in managing and evaluating energy while maximizing available daylight.
● Compare and assess the effectiveness and limitations of LED, CFL, fluorescent, metal halide, and incandescent lamp technology as they relate to the future of sustainable design and energy codes.

07 Jun 10

Laura Román to Present at NeoCon 2010

Posted by Chip Israel

Building Rehab And Urban Renewal: The Role Of “Identity Tech”, Color And Kinetic Lighting

Lighting Design Alliance manager Laura Román to present educational seminar at NeoCon 2010 in Chicago

A “hidden” new design tool for architects and lighting designers are the applications of color and programmable kinetic lighting together with the use of high-tech LEDs and fiber optics. Examine case studies of projects by a collaborative team of architects and lighting designers. See how these applications work well for both urban renewal and building rehab projects. Get effective guidelines about the separate roles and responsibilities of architects, designers and engineers. Learn to identify components of buildings and areas that lend themselves to the use of “identity-tech” lighting.

Speakers:
● Laura Roman, IES, Associate AIA, IALD, LEED AP, is senior lighting designer and manager for Lighting Design Alliance in Chicago, Ill.
● Dr. Rada Doytcheva, ALA, LEED AP, is principal and head of design for RADA Architects LTD in Chicago, Ill.
● Avraham Mor, AIA, LEED AP, IES, IALD, is senior lighting designer and partner at LIGHTSWITCH Architectural in Tower Lakes, Ill.

NeoCon World's Trade Fair Seminar #T233
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

NeoCon 2010
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11 May 10

Lighting Design Alliance Present at Lightfair 2010

Posted by Chip Israel

10 Days with a Lightmeter: A Light Level Journal

Lighting Design Alliance principals present educational seminar at Lightfair 2010 in Las Vegas

Light level calculations and photometric studies are an essential part of the lighting design profession. But how do these studies relate to our everyday experiences with light? What do the common IES design levels of 1, 5, and 30 footcandles really feel like? In an attempt to gain a more intuitive understanding of footcandles, we spent 10 days and nights with a lightmeter at our sides 24/7. We took light level readings at various times of day in many different locations, and kept an “illuminance journal” to note our impressions. Join us we share our insightful (and sometimes comical) observations.

• Gain an intuitive sense of light levels. What does a certain light level feel like in various situations?
• We are often asked if there will be enough light. Can we define enough?
• How do perceived lighting levels change with environment and locale?
• Can we make do with less light than is typically recommended? Can we use less light, feel comfortable and promote sustainability? Appreciate the human eye.

Lightfair 2010 Seminar #L1OS22
Thursday, May 13, 2010
4:30-6:00PM

Lightfair 2010
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06 May 10

LDA Offers Expert Lighting Witness Services

Posted by Chip Israel

In our changing times, extra litigation has become commonplace with attention often focused to lighting. Lighting Design Alliance continues to provide objective, quality, and cost-effective expert lighting witness services to assist existing and new clientele with illumination specific legal issues.

From local to national lighting mandated codes and ordinances to specific client fixture safety requirements, Lighting Design Alliance extends expert witness lighting services. Expert witness illumination services includes research assistance, site verification, organized documentation and defense depositions. Services cover all market sectors for both interior and exterior applications. Fixture equipment patent infringement for all lamp types including incandescent, fluorescent, HID, and LED is also covered by the LDA expert lighting witness services.

If you are in need of expert lighting witness services, please contact our Los Angeles office for further consultation.

23 Feb 10

LDA Represents Sustainability in Lighting Design

Posted by Chip Israel

The future of the lighting design industry is undergoing dynamic changes as a result of increased environmental consciousness throughout the world. Effects of LEED sustainable building design and increasingly strict energy codes (California’s Title 24 and ASHRAE) combined with the fact that a staggering 25% of all building energy is used on lighting have brought sustainable lighting to the forefront of energy efficient building design. Over the past few months, Chip Israel traveled the globe to provide a voice for the lighting design community on the topic. Here are a few of the conferences and forums he has been a part of:

Speaker: Professional Lighting Design Convention
Sustainable Lighting Design – Berlin, Germany (October 29, 2009) PLDC

Judge: Department of Energy
Next Generation of Luminaires Design Competition 2009 (December 3, 2009) NGLDC

Speaker: Solid State Design Summit 2010
LEDs in Lighting Design – Los Angeles, CA (January 20, 2010) SSL Design Summit LA

Judge: International Association of Lighting Designers
International Design Awards (January 27, 2010) IALD International Design Awards

Speaker: Department of Energy
Solid State Lighting Update (February 3, 2010) DOE SSL

Speaker: Philips Day-Brite
Innovation in Hospitality Lighting Conference (February 16, 2010) Philips Day-Brite

13 Oct 09

Chip Israel Named Fellow of IALD

Posted by Jason Stroebel

Lighting Design Alliance owner and president Chip Israel has been named a Fellow of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD). This prestigious honor has been bestowed in recognition of Chip's work as founder and past president of the IALD Education Trust, a former IALD Board of Directors Member, and former Director of Education for IALD, in addition to assisting on numerous committees such as the Lightfair Steering Committee.

The vision of the IALD is "To create a better world through leadership and excellence in lighting design; to cultivate the universal acknowledgement and appreciation of the Power of Light in human life."

Founded in 1969 and based in Chicago, Illinois, USA, the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) is an internationally recognized organization dedicated solely to the concerns of independent, professional lighting designers. The IALD strives to set the global standard for lighting design excellence by promoting the advancement and recognition of professional lighting designers. Value Lighting designers are a tremendous resource of innovative, practical and economically viable lighting solutions. They understand the role of lighting in architectural and interior design and utilize their extensive experience and knowledge of lighting equipment and systems to enhance and strengthen design. [Excerpt from www.iald.org]

IALD

24 Aug 09

LDA Presented Multiple Awards at 2009 IESLA Lumen West

Posted by Chip Israel

The 2009 Lumen West Awards were held on June 27 by the International Engineering Society of Los Angeles chapter. Of the 38 awards given to representatives of both the IESLA and Orange County sections, Lighting Design Alliance was presented with 11 representing all award categories:

Energy and Environmental Design Award:
Williams-Sonoma Brand Green Redesign Lumen West Award of Excellence
Lighting Design Alliance Design Office Lumen West Award of Excellence

Edwin F. Guth Memorial Award for Interior Lighting Design:
Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Interior Lighting
Harvey Nichols Jakarta
The Water Club
Katsuya Glendale Lumen West Award of Excellence
Cole Haan Outlet Store Prototype
Caesars Palace Beiging Noodle Company No. 9

Paul Waterbury Award for Outdoor Lighting Design:
Harvard-Westlake School
George Stanley Fountian at the Hollywood Bowl Lumen West Award of Excellence
Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Exterior Lighting Lumen West Award of Excellence

11 Jun 09

Congratulations to our LEED®ers!

Posted by Chip Israel

Lighting Design Alliance is proud to announce that the majority of our design staff have now passed the USGBC LEED® Accredited Professionals exam. LDA team members are now fully trained to positively impact not only the lighting systems on a LEED® construction process, but can also assist and implement our understanding of all environmentally sustainable building systems from conception to completion. With the rising popularity of LEED® certified projects in most market sectors, the LDA staff realizes the impact that LEED® influenced projects have in how we will construct projects for the future and that is why we have certified over two-thirds of our staff with LEED® AP qualifications.

LEED® is an internationally recognized certification system that measures how well a building or community performs across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED® provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. [Excerpt from www.usgbc.org]

USGBC LEED

19 May 09

UCSD Price Center East presented AIA San Diego Design Award

Posted by Jason Stroebel

The University of California San Diego's Price Center East, a collaboration between Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design and Lighting Design Alliance, wins Honor Award at American Institute of Architects San Diego 2009 Design Awards. The AIA San Diego Honor Award celebrates extraordinary architectural design worthy of the profession's highest regard.

The UCSD Price Center Expansion added more than 170,000 square feet to the existing student center facilities, providing new spaces for retail, dining, meetings, performance events, student organizations, and other campus services. Merhdad Yazdani’s addition to the UCSD Price Student Center consists of two square tube buildings intersecting a central 3D trapezoid. Offices and function spaces are located in the tubes, while the large trapezoid is comprised of a grand atrium, open study space, and dining facilities.

As exterior illumination was limited by a dark sky ordinance, the intent was that the building would glow from within. To help differentiate the building components cool white sources were used in the tube portions of the building while warm sources illuminated the 3D trapezoid. Within the building, grids of lines and circles were utilized to accentuate the flow of the building’s structure. Indirect lighting (with diffuse covers to avoid glare) was used in the large atrium to highlight the volume and provide comfortable light levels. With the university’s sustainability objectives set high, the Price Student Center meets LEED Silver standards. The resulting space has a lively and stimulating environment with an urban aesthetic.

AIA San Diego | AIA San Diego Design Award Press Release (pdf)

Yazdani Studio | Cannon Design

UCSD | UCSD News

08 May 09

Chip Israel speaks at Lightfair 2009

Posted by Jason Stroebel

The Skinny (on) Retail Lighting Design

Chip Israel presented this seminar at Lightfair 2009 on May 7, 2009 in New York.

As codes become more and more strict and retailers are looking at ways to save energy for lower costs and for projecting a responsible image, changes need to be made to the lighting scheme as well.

How can this new skinner version of retail lighting be achieved? The seminar will discuss the basics of retail lighting design and delve into specifics to attain design goals keeping in view low energy use requirements. Aesthetics, budgets and long term maintenance will be discussed using case studies as examples. New and relevant lighting technologies, including the applicability of low wattage ceramic metal halide lamps, fluorescent sources, LED and HIR halogen would be evaluated. Payback and ROI will also be discussed when existing stores are retrofitted with new energy efficient lighting. Aesthetics is key—well designed energy efficient lighting does not have to be cold and glaring.

Learning Objectives:

  • Provide the participants with basics of retail lighting design including lighting hierarchy and sources.
  • Getting the old “warm” look with new more energy efficient sources. Existing store characters can be maintained with new sources—we just have to be a little creative.
  • Using new sources (MH, CFL, LED) to replace traditional (incandescent) ones –what’s the ROI?

Download summary of the presentation in Adobe Acrobat format, or for a full copy contact bklammer(at)lightingdesignalliance.com.

Lightfair 2009 | Lightfair Workshops and Seminars

06 May 09

Penn State honors Chip Israel

Posted by Chip Israel

Chip Israel, founder and president of Lighting Design Alliance, was presented the prestigious Penn State Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award on April 27, 2009 at the University Park Campus.

The Penn State Outstanding Engineering Alumni Awards recognize graduates who have reached exceptional levels of professional achievement. Established in 1966, the award is the highest honor bestowed by the College of Engineering. The purpose is to recognize and reward outstanding Penn State Engineering alumni for their success as leaders in their field (engineering, science, business, education, or government) and for the impact they have had and will continue to have on society and their profession. These exceptional alumni provide outstanding role models for current engineering students. - Excerpt from 2009 www.engr.psu.edu

2009 Penn State OEA Award Recipients

About Penn State OEA Awards | Penn State News Announcement

05 May 09

Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart honored by 2009 IES Illumination Awards

Posted by Chip Israel

Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart honored by Special Citation for 2009 IES Illumination Awards Edwin F. Guth Memorial Award for Interior Lighting Design.

The Lighting Design Alliance design team of Andy Powell, Hanna Son, and Chip Israel were recognized for their particularly creative use of layered light in niches. However, the project was broadly judged based on recognition of professionalism, ingenuity, and originality in lighting design based upon the individual merit of each entry judged against specific criteria. Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart scored amongst the best considering judging criteria which included complexity of problem, concept, integration, performance, visual comfort, environmental considerations, budget restrictions, and ease of maintenance.

IES Illumination Awards 2009 Recipients (pdf)

Photos | Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Official Site | IESNA

31 Mar 09

Anaheim GardenWalk Featured in LD+A

Posted by Jason Stroebel

Anaheim GardenWalk, a vibrant outdoor retail center with over fifty stores, restaurants and entertainment spaces sits among a garden of light and movement. Innovative use of LED color changing fixtures integrated into living green walls, tall torchere elements and stone pavers create an ever changing environment for the shopper to enjoy.

Read article (pdf)

Photos | Anaheim GardenWalk Official Site | LD+A

31 Mar 09

Laura Roman to speak at Neocon 2009

Posted by Chip Israel

LEED Lighting: Green Lighting is Not Just for the Cast of Wicked Anymore!

Laura Roman, LC, LEED® AP, Associate IALD, I.A. AIA, Manager of LDA's Chicago Office would present this talk in association with Avraham Mor, AIA, IES, IALD, LEED AP, Senior Lighting Designer, Lightswitch Architecture, Chicago, IL and Deborah Steimel-Clair, LC, Senior Associate, Primera, Chicago, IL at Neocon 2009, on June 16 2009 in Chicago.

Seminar Objectives: Discuss LEED lighting case studies including schools, libraries, theaters, retail spaces, hospitality projects and tenant build-outs. Cover the basics of LEED and overcome trepidations about applying its practices and concepts.

Neocon | Necon Seminars

04 Feb 09

LDA designs honored at 2008 AIA/LA Restaurant Design Awards

Posted by Chip Israel

Katsuya Glendale by Starck wins Jury Award in the Restaurant Category and oneworld Lounge at LAX wins People's Choice Award in the Lounge/Nightclub Category.

This marks the fourth year of the AIA/LA's much-anticipated awards program that recoginzes the very best in restaurant, cafe, and lounge design. The competition is open to all individuals and practices (both restaurant owners and architects/designers) for projects located in the greater Los Angeles area or projects outside of LA done by LA-based archtiects/designers. Submissions are accepted in three main categories: restauratns, cafe/bar and lounge/nightclub. Projects were evaluated in detail by an esteemed jury for the project's design concept, operational layout and overall packaging. "We evaluated projects for their excellence both from an asthetic perspective but also from an operational standpoint," explained Joachim Splichal. "A good restaurant, cafe, or lounge must be supremely functional behind the curtain of design."
- Excerpt from 2008 AIA/LA RDA Press Release

2008 AIA/LA Restaurant Design Awards

Katsuya Glendale Photos | SBE Katsuya Official Site | DesignARC

oneworld Alliance Lounge at LAX Photos | oneworld Alliance | Gensler

18 Dec 08

CRLL 24 City Featured in World Architecture News

Posted by Chip Israel

World Architecture News has featured the 2.4 million square feet 24 City Development that Lighting Design Alliance is collaborating on with Callison. With a large retail mall, outdoor park-like landscape and commercial tower, the complex is one of the new developments in progress in Chengdu, which was hit hard by last year's earthquake.

Read about the project at World Architecture News.

Callison | CRLL

25 Nov 08

Harvey Nichols Jakarta Opens

Posted by Chip Israel

Harvey Nichols, the upscale retail department store opened in Jakarta. Lighting Design Alliance collaborated with Callison in Seattle to create innovative lighting solutions that are unique to this store. This was the second Harvey Nichols that LDA designed with Callison, the first being the flagship store in Dubai.

Read about this new store at Callison's slide show.

Lighting Design Alliance has designed a number of international department stores with Callison, including Harvey Nichols in Dubai and Jakarta, Seibu in Jakarta, Aekyung in Korea and Liverpool in Mexico City.

Callison | Harvey Nichols

15 Aug 08

We Moved to our New Sustainable Office!

Posted by Jason Stroebel

We have moved to our new custom built low carbon footprint office in Long Beach! It took over 2 years, but the 100% daylit space, with state of the art lighting technologies, on-site energy generation and environmentally friendly materials serves us as a daily reminder in our design process.

Read more

08 Jul 08

Christopher Slaughter joins LDA

Posted by Chip Israel

Christopher Slaughter, a recent graduate in Architectural Engineering from Colorado joins Lighting Design Alliance. Chris will be a part of Andrew Powell's design team.

02 Jun 08

LDA receives Award of Merit

Posted by Chip Israel

At the Lumen West Banquet held at Los Angeles, Lighting Design Alliance gets awards of Merit for Ameristar Kansas City, Katsuya Hollywood, and S-Bar.

31 Mar 08

Trump International Hotel & Tower opens in Las Vegas, NV

Posted by Chip Israel

The Trump International Hotel & Tower is a 64-story high-rise with more than 1,200 luxury suites available as hotel guestrooms or condominiums. For those who want the lights of The Strip without the noise and bustle of on-site gaming, amenities include a spa, salon, health club, pool, meeting room facilities, and dining. With prominence given to decorative fixtures and featured architectural elements, the lighting design reinforces the traditional style one would expect of a Trump Property.

Lighting Design Alliance worked closely with architect Bergman, Walls & Associates and interior designer Design360 Unlimited to create interiors as glamorous as the gold-clad exterior tower.

Photo gallery at Trump Las Vegas

Bergman, Walls & Associates | Design360 Unlimited | Trump Las Vegas

22 Feb 08

Hospitality Lighting

Posted by Chip Israel

Chip Israel and Varma Namburi presented this seminar at the Light India International 2008. The conference brought together lighting professionals from around the world to take part in seminars and exhibits. A large exhibition of lighting technology accompanied the conference.

Lighting is a powerful design tool that can craft a space or effect emotions. Hospitality is one of the original commercial sectors that has always understood the importance of proper lighting design. To this end, hospitality projects can be some of the most creative and inspiring to take part in.

The implementation of lighting to attract attention to a building can be incredibly powerful. In a darker ambient environment, a little amount of lighting can make a property standout against a dark skyline. In a more urban environment, increased lighting levels may be required to insure visibility. The use of a contrasting color or even animation are all acceptable ways of attracting attention to a property. We usually develop a lighting concept that enhances the long distance views, followed by the vehicular views, and finally the pedestrian views. All of the concepts are equally valid for all types of projects, including commercial office buildings, retail structures and even residential towers.

Façade and feature illumination are a great way to maximize visibility, especially if there are tight signage ordinances. Many times you can actually turn the entire building into a sign, just by properly lighting its façade or features.

The Venetian Tower in Las Vegas was washed with 1000 watt, 3000K metal halide lamps from the base. The top is accented with a linear fluorescent strip and individual metal halide bullet uplights at each column, once again, all in 3000K. The high intensity provided visibility up to 20 miles away and made the tower stand out against the bright Las Vegas skyline. The Campanile Tower in the foreground was accented with concealed incandescent PAR lamp fixtures. Incandescent sources were used throughout the front low rise façade because of their small size, adjustable light spread and full controllability though a dimming control system. The fixtures could be turned on instantly, allowing them to be interfaced with show elements.

As you drive along the Strip, the vehicular view is identified with themed street lights and architecturally integrated accents. The poles are reminiscent of true Venetian poles, but lack the glare of a typically unshielded high wattage HID lamp. The graphic and signage along with each individual architectural element such as columns and millwork are each individually accented for maximum drama. Note that the water is not illuminated, allowing the building’s reflection to appear.

The pedestrian experience is enhanced with accent lights that articulate each of the architectural features. Pendants and sconces add to the scale. Each decorative lantern has three light sources: three incandescent lamps that flicker dimly like a gas flame, a concealed uplight to wash the ceiling above and an integrated downlight to provide safety lighting below.

The Borgata in Atlantic City, New Jersey demonstrates the same principle, but in a modern context. Because the tower is glass, typical floodlights can not be used because most of the lighting would be reflected off the glass and into the atmosphere. Neon disappears behind a perforated horizontal band by day, but is visible at night when illuminated - creating a dramatic effect.

Once again, the highlighting of the porte cochere attracts attention to the entry of the building. Indirect metal halide fixtures uplight the fritted glass and integrated PAR20 metal halide downlights illuminate the cars and pedestrians below.

The interior of the lobby is brightly illuminated, especially the walls and ceilings, to make the glass look transparent and to invite the guests in. This is accomplished by washing architectural surfaces such as the ceiling and the walls.

Many guests usually use the porte cochere on their initial arrival, but may choose to use auxiliary self park areas on future arrivals. It is important to pay special attention to secondary or rear entrances which also must be properly illuminated. Select a fixture with some evening presence or glow to identify these entrances.

The basic principles remain the same, no matter what the theme of the project. The following photographs show façade illumination that is created through the use of fiber optics. The fibers use end illumination to uplight the crown of the building and to rear illuminate the glass panels. Both were designed to facilitate maintenance.

The addition of landscape lighting can visually expand the interiors. Building lobbies can seem to reach out into the site. By illuminating the landscape on the outside of the glazing, it helps to eliminate reflections in the glazing. The lobby photograph shows pendants that provide scale, while the real illumination is provided through the use of indirect flood lights, both at the ceiling and the columns. Low water features incorporate fiber optic illumination with pastel color changing abilities.

Landscape lighting is implemented to help with way finding by accenting landscape elements. This also helps to create a sense of safety.

Features like fountains and landscaping can have greater impact than signage when illuminated at night. Remember that lights in ponds usually accentuate the murky, muddy water or they can have negative impacts on fish and other wildlife.

The dancing of gas flames is a great way to animate your exterior spaces. Be sure to verify with your local code inspector that gas flames are acceptable. Careful placement must be used to eliminate guests from coming in contact with the hot flames or fixtures.

At St. Regis Monarch Beach, palm trees are accented to frame the view of the Pacific Ocean and the fountain has integrated lighting. Please note that the pool lights are not in opposite wall. They are positioned behind the niches as not to create glare from the main viewing positions. Even when viewed from the other end of the pool, the pool lights are still shielded from view. Landscape and architectural features are highlighted instead of adding poles to pool deck area. Remember a bright pool surface contrasted with a darker pool deck is a great way to identify the pool’s edge.

In some applications, themed fixtures should be considered. Bollards illuminate surrounding paths and a “forgotten” lantern appears to be left behind, but illuminates the arroyo wash at night. Faux rocks allow the conduit to be concealed. In areas where codes require higher lux levels, such as on pool decks, try and create a system that can hide the functional luminaries. In this case the story line of an “archeological dig site” was developed and functional floods are concealed in “props” or themed shrouds.

Now let’s go inside….

Areas of special note are the entry, reception or registration, lobby, circulation, guest rooms, restaurants, meeting rooms, spas and retail areas. As mentioned earlier, people are attracted to light. One can use lighting to create paths and direct the guests to the front desk. Additional task lighting should be provided at the registration counter. This can be provided either through overhead lighting or table lamps, whichever is the most appropriate for the theme of the hotel.

Vertical illumination of the rear wall reinforces the wayfinding and accents the artwork. Illumination of the front of the counter would also work. Downlights should illuminate the work counter, while softly washing the employees with cross lighting. Floral vases or artifacts should be accented with adjustable accents. A formal lobby has indirect coves and accented columns, but the attention is directed to the registration counter. Notice the layering effect on the left rear wall: light verses dark, verses light. A close-up of the registration desk shows the millwork lighting and the soft cross lighting on the face. The rear columns are uplit for additional drama and color reference. The glazing in the rear wall is front and rear illuminated with color changing lights. A detail shows some of the instruments used to create subtle-to-wild lighting effects. The close-up photo below shows the instruments behind the wall. Color scrollers can create changes of color, or a pattern of flames climbing up the wall, or a series of slowly morphing lighting effects.

Balance of the three layers (ambient, accent and decorative) of lighting create dramatic effects, daytime or night. Dimmers allow for easy adjustments, and can be programmed to automatically provide higher light levels during the day to balance the space with daylight. At night, the lighting levels can slowly fade with the setting sun to create dramatic effects in the evening.

Strong down-lighting of columns create a visual barrier to the VIP lounge, even though the wall is open, to discourage un-invited guests. Interior accent lighting and decorative fixtures draw invited guests in. This is similar to the theatrical scrim technique which by simple lighting a shear drape can conceal the stage behind, or buy illuminating the stage, the sheer drape disappears.

The number one complaint in hospitality is lighting in the guest rooms. Usually this is limited to reading in the bed and adequate illumination at the lavatory. The combination of table, floor and architectural lighting add to the overall lux level in the suite. Recessed accents illuminate the art and provide supplemental light on the bed.

Likewise, proper bath lighting is essential. Soft, flattering light at the vanity with a narrow spot on the lavatory top provide lighting for make-up and shaving. Simple dimmers offer a cost effective upgrade for user adjustability. As the baths become more luxurious, lighting should be used to accent the features.

Hotel projects often include restaurants, bars, ballrooms, meeting spaces, spas and retail outlets. Each space can have its own style and design elements. Restaurants are all about lighting faces, food and the space. Once again, soft flattering light is desired. This can be created by accenting a white table cloth with a narrow spot lamp, or by perhaps using several candles on the table top. The key is to create a warm, inviting light that makes both the people and the food look good. One potential issue is glare. Nothing is more visually disturbing than a light shinning into your eyes. Likewise, a single candle rarely provides enough light to read a menu. So be mindful of aiming angles, louvers and fixture shielding. As you can see, architecturally integrated lighting animates the ceilings and walls. Wine cases and table tops are accented with concealed, narrow beamed downlights. In the second image, architectural planes are accented with uplights and wall slots. Decorative fixtures include the chain mail sculpture and the giant fabric sconces. Once again, tables are accented from above.

Vertical light columns can actually separate the restaurant from the adjacent space or in this case a casino. Matching lights are dropped over the eating counter. Additional lighting back lights the carved screens and accents the glass tiled column.

Bars require a more intimate approach. The lighting should be soft and flattering with keyed accents. Rear illuminated panels create a cove effect. Bar top lighting can take the form of narrow spots from above or even lighting incorporated into the bar top. Exact placement should be reviewed to eliminate glare or unflattering harsh light. Large scaled pendants are balanced by architectural accents on wood columns, while narrow beamed lamps accent the lounge tables for maximum drama.

Entertainment lounges require special treatment. The proscenium is internally illuminated with dimmed fluorescent lighting. Recessed “intelligent” lighting can wash performers with light and animate the stage area when no one is performing. The key is to provide flexibility and to eliminate a dark hole when no one is on stage.

Many international or destination hotels are now providing clubs or dance venues. A nightclub’s high energy is created through the combination of dynamic architectural lighting and choreographed dance studio lighting. LEDs are a great way to provide this flexible and dynamic environment.

Meeting rooms require multiple lighting levels and layers of lighting. Glowing pendants can be functional, providing direct and indirect lighting. To meet today’s energy efficiency goals, try to develop pendants with luminous materials. This way, efficient dimmed fluorescent lamps or LEDs can be used. If the lamps are exposed, incandescent lamps still offer the sparkle that everyone desires. Planning and coordination or required to determine all of the uses within the space. This could range from light intensive needs like reading or note-taking to low levels for AV presentations. In either case, variable lighting scenes are required. Usually, the combination of some ambient and direct downlights are the best solution.

The reason to go to a spa or a treatment area is to relax. The lighting should help create this mood. The goal should be to eliminate all downlights as they read more commercial rather than residential. In this photograph, the spa vestibule is subtle and relaxing. Water feature, signage and recessed niches are the only things lit. This is a vast departure from typical architectural illumination.

Treatment rooms should eliminate downlights and glare. Soft, residentially scaled lighting should be used. This can take many forms. It could be candles( if the local fire codes allow it), to soft indirect wall sconces, to indirect architectural lighting, to even fireplaces. Larger rooms may require multiple solutions. Remember to implement higher levels of clean-up lighting which can be turned on when the guests are gone.

Indirect lighting for exercise areas is desired. Cost-effective indirect perforated “basket” fixtures work well, as does integrated cove lighting. Even illumination provides adequate lighting for reading or maintaining equipment, and occupants don’t look up into downlights or louvered fluorescents while lying on their backs during exercise. Some athletic clubs are now investing in intelligent lighting or color changing lighting. These flexible systems can provide both high energy lighting tied to music for an energetic spinning class, or a soft glow for palates.

Pools require special lighting. First, the air can be very humid and caustic due to the chemicals that treat the water. Therefore, special materials may be required to eliminate rusting or corrosion issues. Large sconces provide indirect lighting over the pool, once again limiting glare and for providing easy maintenance. Remember it is very difficult to re-lamp fixtures mounted over the pool area, so try to keep all fixtures over the pool deck area. The second photograph show the same principals, but in a more elegant application.

Retail environments are often created within hospitality spaces. The front zone, whether viewed through windows or the open entry is critical. The goal is to use brighter illumination levels to draw guests into the retailing area. Plants and flowers are accented for drama, but indirect color changing coves and decorative lanterns are subtle as not to compete with the storefronts. In particular the accenting of the front of the merchandise, not the top of the merchandise, is critical as this is the surface or plane that we see.

To create a high fashion runway, color-changing LEDs are under a glass display base. Colors are synchronized with LED buttons on the tufted wall. Architectural walls are accented and merchandise accents are celebrated as props or design elements.

Lighting Design Alliance is a professional organization that provides dramatic and efficient lighting for the exteriors and interiors of buildings. With a staff of over 30 professionals, located in Los Angeles, Chicago and Dubai, we are trained in all forms of architectural and theatrical illumination. Please refer to our website for additional information.

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