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Lasers Keep Cyclists Safe at Night March 07 2017

 

New BLAZE Bike Light Uses Lasers to Keeps Cyclists Safe at Night

As bike use rises around the world, cycling injuries and fatalities have increased as well. British design student Emily Brooke was concerned to hear that 79 percent of accidents in the UK occur when bikers are riding at night and are hit by turning vehicles because the driver can’t see the bicycle. So she created a bright green LED bike light called BLAZE that projects a laser image of a bicycle onto the road up to five meters (16.4 feet) ahead of cyclists to alert drivers.

BLAZE

 


The world’s first Neon & Light-Art Gallery March 06 2017

Lights of Soho gallery

On my next visit to London I will definitely be giving the Lights of Soho gallery a look.

 

Lights of Soho says

'Lights of Soho is London’s brightest art gallery and members' lounge, operating as a cultural hub for Soho’s creative community and the global home of creative neon and light art formats. We also provide a daytime meeting space for Soho’s cultural connectors, influencers and creative community.'

35 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 0RX
Open to the public until 6pm, six days a week.

https://lightsofsoho.com

 


Article featured in 'homify' German edition February 07 2017

Article featured in homify, an independent platform for architecture, interior design, interior decorating and construction. homify connects the end user and professionals across the United Kingdom and Europe.


it's a light 06. Februar 2017 (German)

 


A Certain Kind of Light January 31 2017

A Certain Kind of Light
Observer review – let there be mirror balls

by Laura Cummings

A show about light: a light show – what might a curator put in? Just about all art concerned with making the world visible in some sense speaks of light, the very condition in which it was made. But an all-inclusive approach would be ridiculous, to be sure, so how about a show on light?


You could include Manet, who believed light was the main protagonist of any painting. You could put in Vermeer if you had the funds. You could look at the ever-changing effects of light in the art of Monet, or stuff the show with Constable, Turner and the American luminists, or blow your cash on a Caravaggio – or go the other way and show light art itself, from Dan Flavin to James Turrell.



‘Rapturous’: Totality, 2016 by Katie Paterson at the Towner, Eastbourne. Photograph: Pete Jones/© the artist

 


‘Gleaming wit’: Gary Hume’s Fragment of a Rainbow VI, 2011 at Towner, Eastbourne. Photograph: Pete Jones

But the Towner Gallery hasn’t gone this way at all. True, it has a small seascape by LS Lowry that is hardly lightsome in its turgid opacity. It also has a large Julian Opie sculpture that fuses one of Flavin’s sublime neon works with a freezer cabinet in icily sinister pastiche. And Ceal Floyer has a bulb dangling from the ceiling that seems to emit an eerie blue glow (achieved by projectors) even though it’s actually switched off.

But the Towner Gallery hasn’t gone this way at all. True, it has a small seascape by LS Lowry that is hardly lightsome in its turgid opacity. It also has a large Julian Opie sculpture that fuses one of Flavin’s sublime neon works with a freezer cabinet in icily sinister pastiche. And Ceal Floyer has a bulb dangling from the ceiling that seems to emit an eerie blue glow (achieved by projectors) even though it’s actually switched off.

read more

http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/exhibition/a-certain-kind-of-light/

A Certain Kind of Light is at the Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne until 7 May,Free

 

https://www.itsalight.co.uk


LED Solution for Historic Monumental Electric Chandeliers January 09 2017

LED Solution for Historic Monumental Electric Chandeliers by Ramselaar Light Solutions


The Netherlands Institute for War Documentation (NIOD) is housed in a magnificent monumental late 19th century building at the Amsterdam Herengracht (the Netherlands). Recently, the unique brass chandeliers were provided with LED lamps, which were specially developed for this project by Ramselaar Light Solutions. Ron Ramselaar and M. Brouwers, advisor on behalf of the Government Buildings Agency (RGD), tell us about this extraordinary project.

LED Solution for Historic Monumental Electric Chandeliers by Ramselaar Light Solutions Equipped with this LED solution a touch of the historic look and feel is coming back to the Herengracht 380-382

Chandeliers with energy-efficient lamps. Can you imagine this? The Staff of the NIOD can because for years they have been working in a monumental building where the historic chandeliers were actually fitted with energy-efficient lamps (!). Recently this has changed. Although the NIOD is still housed in this beautiful former private house at the Herengracht 380- 382 dating from 1890 and which was designed by the architect Gerlof Salm, the energy-efficient lamps have now been replaced by more appropriate lighting. “These low-energy light bulbs in the chandeliers really hurt me”, says M. Brouwers, advisor on behalf of the Government Buildings Agency and as such closely involved with the replacement of the lighting in the NIOD building. “One of our jobs involved finding a new solution for the chandeliers. These historic fittings were technically worn but thanks to Ron Ramselaar we have been able to find a wonderful solution.”

Read more of this article in Led Professional magazine

 


The Illuminated River November 08 2016

The Illuminated River will be a public realm commission on an unprecedented scale.
A scheme conceived to light the bridges of central London.

Six teams have been shortlisted following an international design competition run by The Illuminated River Foundation and the Mayor of London. Each team has created a concept design for lighting four individual bridges (Chelsea, London, Waterloo and Westminster) and an overarching masterplan for the main road, rail and pedestrian bridges between Albert and Tower.

http://illuminatedriver.london/blurring-boundaries/

Press Release

https://www.itsalight.co.uk


LED in Fashion, not new but still worth a look. November 03 2016

Virtual Reality – Moritz Waldemeyer for Philip Treacy

Philip Treacy’s catwalk show at the Royal Courts of Justice marks the master hat designer’s return to London after 12 years in the most hotly anticipated event of London Fashion Week 2012. The show, sponsored by Swarovski, includes a specially chosen selection of Treacy masterpieces and a collection of original Michael Jackson stage outfits designed by Michael Bush and Dennis Tompkins. An eye-catching and technologically advanced piece is a new design by Moritz Waldemeyer.
A delicate illuminated basket type sculpture extends down from the head to envelope the model’s entire body. Studio Waldemeyer’s solution was to weave an intricate mesh of threads around a specially designed styrofoam core. The threads are soaked in resin, which when dry are rigid allowing the design to be complex, but also very light.
The result is an object that looks impossible – especially when you think that is supported by the head alone. 6000 LED lights integrated into the webbed surface programmed with animated sequences enhance the illusion of weightlessness. When the lights shine directly out into the audience the structure itself becomes invisible – the model appears enshrouded in a floating cloak of light.

Philip Treacy’s Shroud hat, photograph by Chris Moore

Moritz again drew on the idea of weightlessness when asked to design his own piece for the show. This time a continuous band of light sweeps around the head with no apparent physical connection to the wearer at all. This uncanny effect is achieved courtesy of a carefully positioned propeller headpiece – each blade is finished at the end with LED lights. When in full motion the blades themselves disappear leaving only an ethereal halo of light. It’s millinery for the 21st Century.

Virtual Reality – Moritz Waldemeyer for Philip Treacy

Most of it’s a light creations now use low energy long life LED bulbs, see the ‘Red Devil’ table lamp


William Hughes’s LED Snowboarding Suit Lights Up the Nighttime Slopes November 03 2016

Gliding down the slopes of southeastern France at breakneck speed, William Hughes makes for an arresting sight. The effect is more than a little haunting: It’s nighttime, for one, and the Artec snowboarder is clad head to toe in an LED-studded snowsuit. Hughes is the star and subject of a video by fashion photographer and filmmaker Jacob Sutton, who spent three nights in the Rhône-Alpes on a skidoo, at temperatures of -13 degrees Fahrenheit, to obtain the footage. Sutton sought the assistance of electronics expert John Spatcher, to custom-make the “temperamental” garment, an endeavor that took 300 man-hours to complete, according to Nowness, an online magazine by luxury group Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy.

by Bridgette Meinhold , 02/21/12

Many of my lights use LED bulbs including my latest creation 'Jupiter Rising' table lamp

 


‘The Red Devil’ Table lamp September 09 2016

This iconic gas heater was a must-have for your VW camper van in the 50s and 60s. It has been reborn as a retro table lamp.

The Harper 350 Portable Gas Heater has a red cast iron base and a chromed reflector. I have added a red and black cable to complete the retro look.

Can be used as a floor or table lamp.
 
Comes complete with low energy 4w Led Filament ST64-Gold tint bulb
25,000 hour average life.



Height 36cm
Depth 24cm
Width 24cm


Item is PAT tested.


it’s a light uses new electrical components for its lighting which comply with all current UK and EU legislation. Lights are also PAT tested for safety by an electrical testing company and are PAT labelled.


All prices include free delivery to England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland.
For international deliveries please contact me for shipping rates.
 
it's a light
‘ Funky unusual lighting for homes, offices, studios, palaces, castles and fortresses.’


World's Largest 'Vegetable Factory' Revolutionizes Indoor Farming August 10 2016

Indoor vertical farming is often derided as a pipe dream and completely infeasible on a commercial scale, but Shigeharu Shimamura's farm proves that indoor farming is not only possible, but profitable. Shimamura started Mirai, an indoor farming company in 2004. When the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan, sparking the Fukushima nuclear disaster and causing food shortages, Shimamura seized the opportunity to turn an abandoned, semiconductor factory into what is now the world's biggest indoor farm.

Mirai's indoor farm in Japan produces up to 10,000 heads of lettuce a day.

At 25,000 square feet, the farm can yield up to 10,000 heads of lettuce a day. That's 100 times more per square foot than traditional methods. One of the major obstacles to making indoor farming cost-effective was lighting. General Electric (GE) who partnered with Mirai, reports, "plant factories have typically used fluorescent lamps for artificial illumination, which has low initial costs." But these fluorescent lights didn't increase yields enough to cover the energy costs.

Then, GE and Mirai developed LEDs that "generate light in wavelengths adapted to plant growth. While reducing electric power consumption by 40 percent compared to fluorescent lighting, the facility has succeeded in increasing harvest yields by 50 percent." Since the plants grow twice as fast with 40 percent less power, 80 percent less food waste and 99 percent less water usage than outdoor fields, Mirai has been able to recover the initial cost of the LED lights and make the cost of artificial lighting worth it.

For now, it is only half automated because various tasks including harvesting the lettuce are done by hand. Shimamura, however, predicts the emergence of harvest robots, who can seed, transplant, harvest and package the products.

Indoor agriculture takes out many of the risks inherent in outdoor crop production. By controlling light exposure, temperature, humidity and watering levels, you can grow food very efficiently. Indoor farming has the potential to produce food with less energy, less water, less waste and in less space than traditional methods. Because agriculture has such a significant impact on the environment, indoor farming offers solutions to many of the current problems. It could eliminate land conversion and habitat loss, wasteful water consumption and soil erosion and degradation, just to name a few.

Mirai has two smaller factories in Mongolia, where long, harsh winters stunt the growing season and leave Mongolians without fresh vegetables for many months. Instead of importing them thousands of miles from Europe, they are now able to grow them domestically. Shimamura is looking to expand to Hong Kong and Russia in the near future and eventually all over the world.

As for crops besides lettuce, Shimamura says, "I believe that, at least technically, we can produce almost any kind of plant in a factory. But what makes most economic sense is to produce fast-growing vegetables that can be sent to the market quickly. That means leaf vegetables for us now. In the future, though, we would like to expand to a wider variety of produce."

In a world facing more and more extreme weather events from climate change, there will likely be more devastating impacts on agriculture, such as those from the Fukushima disaster and Typhoon Haiyan. The GE team in Japan believes that indoor farms could be a key to solving food shortages in the world. Indoor farming takes what factories do best, which is harnessing technology to efficiently produce a good, and what nature does best, which is producing biomass from light, water and nutrients, and combining the two.

If done correctly, indoor farming has the potential to be the best of both worlds. Mirai is by no means the only indoor farming operation in the world. There are more like this one in Chicago. Says Shimamura: “Finally, we are about to start the real agricultural industrialization.”

Watch how it works:

 

 

https://www.itsalight.co.uk

 

 


NASA to test faster, cleaner and quieter X-57 electric aircraft July 12 2016


NASA is planning tests of an experimental electric aeroplane, which it believes could lead to reduced flight times and carbon emissions for future air travel (+ slideshow).
The X-57 aircraft will be used test NASA's new electric propulsion technology – part of a wider ongoing shift towards electric aircraft.

The space agency hopes that by distributing electric power across 14 motors integrated into the wings, the plane will require five times less energy to cruise at 175 miles per hour.

"Typically, to get the best fuel efficiency an airplane has to fly slower than it is able," said NASA in a statement. "Electric propulsion essentially eliminates the penalty for cruising at higher speeds."

The technology used in the X-57 could also help to reduce flight times, noise, and operational costs – up to 40 per cent – for small aeroplanes.

"As most drivers of hybrid electric cars know, electric motors are more quiet than conventional piston engines," NASA said. "The X-57's electric propulsion technology is expected to significantly decrease aircraft noise, making it less annoying to the public."

NASA will build the plane by modifying an existing Italian-designed light aircraft, the Tecnam P2006T, replacing its two gas-fuelled engines with a long, skinny wings and 14 electric motors.

NASA


Sedna re-creates Picasso lighting experiment using LEDs July 12 2016

Sedna, the Cardiff LED lighting specialist, has recreated Picasso’s light experiment using an LED torch to mark the 43rd anniversary of the artist’s death.



Mike Collins who was responsible for re-creating Picasso’s experiment, says: “Sedna have proved themselves to be innovative thinkers -using their resources to make a brighter world.”

Collins explains his approach on YouTube: https://youtu.be/WuvGae6QKpo

In 1949 Pablo Picasso was introduced to Life Magazine’s photographer, Gjon Mili. Mili, who was already working on creating lighting projects, showed Picasso some of his photographs of ice skaters with tiny lights attached to their skates jumping in the dark.
According to a report from LIFE Magazine of the time, Picasso gave Mili 15 minutes to try one experiment: he asked Mili to take pictures of him drawing with a small electric light in a darkened room.


Sedna exec Mariya Fuijkschot said: “I was researching for some time how light was previously implemented in the world of art when I came across the article in LIFE magazine about Picasso drawing with electric torch in the dark in 1949. The idea to recreate this incredible experiment was instantly born. We started working on it immediately. The result is beyond my bravest expectations.”