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. 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.
Create professional quality lighting with ease, because with the Aurora, everyone is a lighting designer. The panels snap together like LEGO pieces so you can arrange your panels however you like. From the living room, to the office, or even the walls of a cafe, the Aurora is the perfect way to set that ideal ambience with the utmost simplicity. Express yourself, and let your brilliance shine. There are two kits available: a 9 panel kit & 30 panel kit. (Optional expansion kit with 3 panels is available as well. Aurora works with up to 30 panels.) The kits includes:
A student walks past one of the LCD screens in the Watt center. Image Credit: Ken Scar / Clemson University
CLEMSON — Planar, a Leyard company and global leader in display and digital signage technology, has become the first Sustaining Innovation Partner for Clemson University’s Watt Family Innovation Center with a gift-in-kind of more than $1 million worth of cutting-edge display technology.
The newly combined company supplied the Watt Center with 191 large-format, high-resolution interactive LCD displays and 12 LCD video walls, including the video wall in the auditorium. It is one of the largest interactive LCD video walls the company has implemented.
Planar displays are front and center in the building’s ultra-modern main lobby. Each classroom, hallway and study space throughout the building features Planar LCD displays that can be used by students and teachers for formal or spontaneous collaboration.