We would like to welcome our newest sales integration specialist to the team, John Wigginton.
Ever since John saw his first play, he has been intrigued with the human emotional response to light in our everyday lives. With a degree in Theatrical Lighting Design, John began his lighting career at the Denver Center Theatre Company. After 12 year run he moved to the architectural side of lighting while supporting the lighting calculation software AGI32. The entertainment bug never leaves you so John went to the dark side of the entertainment industry, event production. The events world is where he honed his relationship building skills selling lighting, sound, video and staging services and discovered the joy of helping non-profit organizations exceed their fundraising goals.
John joins Evo-Lite excited to bring his eclectic lighting and service experience to the LED backlighting industry.
John is a Denver native and a Denver Public Schools alum who enjoys this great state with his wife and two teen aged boys. When not at work John enjoys the challenge of landscaping and outdoor construction projects at our new home
Evo-Lite teamed up with James W Nakai & Associates, an architect based out of Colorado Springs, and Harmonic Media to backlight 4’ x 8’ murals throughout The First National Bank in Trinidad. LumiSheet was butted together, with 4” spacing between the panels and the backside of the graphics, to create extremely even illumination.
This project was realized by the homeowner who was looking to create a visually striking feature for his kitchen counter top.
The combination of a custom shaped RGB LED light panel, backlighting a low iron, 2” thick textured glass, creates a stunning focal point in this modern kitchen.
The glass feature is the center piece of additional LED lighting which is all operated through a Wi-Fi system that is controlled by the homeowner’s smart phone.
Evo-Lite was able to assist in bringing the homeowner’s vision to light by producing the custom light panel, supplying additional LED lighting as well as the Wi-Fi control system and integration support.
Extensive work was done to balance the illumination between the Lightblocks and LumiSheet LED light panels to create an even backlit look to this 5th Ave Office Park project. The tree shadows were created by applying a graphic to the second surface of the acrylic panels. To ensure the hanging system worked well there was also careful coordination between Evo-Lite, the installers and Lightblocks. The final outcome was exactly as the client envisioned.
Evo-Lite helped illuminate two large Concetto Sfumato sections of the bar inside the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center. Concetto’s Sfumato stone is a translucent Brown Agate, a beautiful stone sought after for it’s protective powers. The final result of backlighting the stone with our LumiSheet LED light panels is truly breathtaking.
Since the federal government mandated in 2007 that light bulbs needed to be 25 percent more energy efficient than incandescents, the industry has solved the problem by creating consumer-friendly light-emitting diode, or LED, bulbs. It used to be that all you needed to know was whether your lamp took 60, 75 , or 100 watts. Homeowners now are faced with learning a whole new lingo.
There are some unfamiliar terms as they relate to LED lights — “lumens,” “CCT,” and “CRI.” First, what are lumens and how does the term relate to watts? OK, in concept, a “lumen” is a measure of the output of light, whereas a “watt” is the amount of energy needed to send out this light. It turns out that a 60-watt incandescent bulb produced around 800 lumens of light, and a 100-watt bulb emitted around 1,600 lumens . The main advantage of an LED is that it takes a lot fewer watts to produce 800 or 1,600 lumens. An 800-lumen LED bulb needs only 13 watts of energy. Other advantages to LED lights are that they release much less heat than incandescent or halogen bulbs and last much longer. An Energy Star-qualified LED bulb will last as much as 25 times longer than a comparable traditional incandescent, according to the US Department of Energy.
The most common complaint against LEDs, and I share this one, is that the light emitted is too white. Correlated color temperature, or CCT, is a measure of how white the light is. What does this have to do with a light bulb? It relates to the perceived “color” of the light. The “temperature,” based on the Kelvin scale, is a way to indicate how warm or white a light is. If you like the color of the old incandescent or halogen light bulbs, then look for LEDs that are less than 3,000 Kelvin. In some situations, a bright-white light may be what you want. Natural bright daylight is rated 10,000 Kelvin. At even 4,500 Kelvin, the light emitted is very white, so be sure to check it out first, if possible. Some stores have lighting labs that demonstrate different bulbs and their effects. I highly recommend that consumers see a light in person before investing in cases of them. Just remember this: The lower the number, the warmer the color.
The color rendering index, or CRI, refers to how closely the light bulb makes something look like its actual color as seen in natural daylight or with an incandescent light bulb. This does not have to do with the color of the light, but how it renders the colors of an object. So if that is important to you, the closer the CRI is to 100, the more it approaches the actual colors.
One more thing to consider — dimmers. Not all LED bulbs are compatible with dimmers. If you are remodeling and putting in all new fixtures, this is the time to put in compatible dimmers.
If you are building, you can install fixtures designed just for LED bulbs, or “integrated” LED fixtures. These may be quite a bit more expensive than simply using LED bulbs in the traditional recessed light fixtures, but they could give you the ability to create a more nuanced lighting scheme, possibly even different colors controlled by your smartphone.
LumiSheet was used to illuminate the reception desks and bar in the new Monterey Marriott hotel. The backlit bar in the Fin + Field restaurant and bar was especially impressive. Over 26 light panels were used to illuminate multiple types of translucent stone. Our Evo-Lite solutions integration specialist staff worked extensively to make sure the panels were configured in a way so that extremely even illumination was maintained throughout the bar. We also provided the designer a detailed light panel and wire diagram to help the customer understand the layout of the panel locations and power cord locations.
The end result were multiple eye-catching installations throughout the hotel and most importantly, a happy customer.
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LumiSheet LED light panels were used to backlight translucent Onyx stair risers within a residence creating a beautiful and unique staircase. Spacing behind the Onyx was extremely tight making LumiSheet the optimal lighting solution due to its extremely thin profile. The design of the stairs didn’t allow for easy access of the lighting so a maintenance-free lighting solution was also a must. LumiSheet is perfect for these types of applications due to its 17 + year lifespan without any LED or light guide plate repair or replacement.