Monday, December 12, 2011

Accumulated Lighting Pictures

Sketch Series 5

During my research of this sketch series, I found how to read technical plans and got some insight on engineering throughout a building.

Reflected Ceiling Plan

Power Plan

Light Plan

Light Model

Natural Lighting without acrylic paper used
using the acrylic filter
Other interesting lighting effects created inside our box..

These are a few pictures of inspiration we went by when coming up with our design of our 12"x12"x12" space/cube. I love projects like these because the assignment is so simple, yet it forces you to come up with something creative and different. Nothing is limiting or influencing you except the limitations of the box dimensions itself. I love the idea of extruding and mystery, and I think with this project we created mystery

Monday, October 17, 2011

Sketch Series 4

The Computer Lab
A) Type of Luminaire: Suspended and Task
B) Mounting Type: Hanging chord mount
C) Lamping: Fluorescent tubular for the suspended and Double Biaxial for the task lighting
D) Construction: Suspended lighting: Extruded aluminum with aluminum baffles
Task lighting: Cast metal with some plastic
E) Manufacturer: Suspended: Sylvania Task: UL
F) Photometrics: Suspended: Initial Lumens:2750 Mean: 2475 Lifespan: 20,000 hr Task: Lumens:900 Mean: 755 Lifespan: 10,000 hrs
G) Material and Finish: Task: glossy metal and plastic Suspended:Eggshell aluminum
H) Lensing: Both fixtures include glass.
I) Function: Suspended: Fixed Task: Adjustable
J) Ballast: 2 Lamps, non dimming, and rapid start
K) Environment: Dry
L) Shielding: Suspended: Shiny metal baffles Task: overhead

A ) Purpose of space: Student space for learning, researching, and participating in computer base projects.

B) Purpose of lighting: Task lighting, focused over traffic areas and work areas.
C) Describe the effect of each luminaire in the space: The task lighting functions as a light source over specific work spaces. The fixed lighting illuminates the traffic areas.
D) Recommendations: I would add more individual task lighting to each desk space, but other than that I think everything should stay the same.

Jimmy John’s

A) Type of luminaire: Down lighting and Track lighting
B) Mounting Type: both lamps are suspended
C) Lamping: Compact Fluorescent; PAR lamps
D) Construction: Frosted glass; Aluminum
E) Manufacturer: Sylvania for each lamp
F) Photometrics: Compact Fluorescent: 1,600 Lumens 23 W 10,000+ hours PAR:1040 Lumens 75 W 2,000 hours
G) Materials and Finish: Compact: matte glass eggshell; PAR: glossy aluminum
H) Lensing: Glass
I) Function: Both adjustable Compact: ambient Track: spotlight
J) Ballast: None
K) Environment: Dry
L) Shielding: Track: none Compact: Frosted glass shell

A) Purpose of space: Fast food, with small dining area as well
B) Purpose of lighting: The space includes ambient and focal lighting
C) Effect of luminaire in the space: Ambient: provides a low light comfortable for diners. Focal: Funtional for work areas behind and at the counter
D) Recommendation: None

Tate St. Coffee

A) Type of luminaire: Down lighting & LED rope lighting
B) Mounting Type: Hanging; Freestanding
C) Lamping: Incandescent; LED
D) Construction: Down lighting: Metal & Wood; LED: silicone rubber tubing
E) Manufacturer: UL and Brilliant Brand lighting
F) Photometrics: Incandescent: 25 w Lumens:15; LED Rope: Lumens:10 Lifespan:100,000 hour+
G) Material and Finish: Matte glass, Rubber eggshell
H) Lensing: None
I) Function: Incandescent: Ambient; LED: Decorative
J) Ballast: None
K) Environment: Damp to Dry
L) Shielding: Incandescent: glass cover shell; LED: rubber casing.

A) Purpose of Space: Social Cafe and Art display
B) Purpose of lighting: Ambient and Accent Lighting, to highlight the unique features of the coffee shop.
C) Effect of Luminaire: Downlight light up the traffic area while providing circulating air from the fans; Rope: highlights the d├ęcor
D) Recommendation: A lot of lights are being used, so try and use lower energy lamps to be more eco-friendly since SO many light sources are in the space.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Light Field Trip

On this field trip we went to a lighting company and got to check out the various types of lighting they will sell to companies. They explained how certain types of lights create certain types of moods and atmospheres.
I found these pictures that are good examples of lighting and atmosphere.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Light Sketch Series 2

Below shows the samples under a Florescent Lamp

Below shows the samples under an Incandescent Lamp

Below shows the samples under an MR16 Lamp

Below shows the samples under natural light for a basis of comparison

MR16 Lamp

Incandescent Lamp
Florescent Lamp

Thursday, September 1, 2011


The impact of light on human health and welfare is greatly affected by daylight and darkness. Something in our bodies tells us it is time to be awake when it is light out. When darkness strikes, soon after we feel a sense of sleepiness. The level of too much exposure to daylight is associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Even too much exposure to solar light can increase health risks. Too much light exposure causes a sense of feeling very awake and increases the heart rate which can cause levels of stress to go up, which can harm a human being when this happens too much. Some actions that have been taken to prevent this from happening to hospital staff, with which this is most common, include minimal light exposure and having a choice in the light intensity and the frequency of light.


Light is a significant necessity in our world. Every culture is affected by light somehow whether it be by a place, nature, climate, time, or a task.

Light and place play a very important rule with each other. The amount of light you get in the area one is in affects how much light you use in your home or personal space. Water in a surrounding also affects the intensity of light effects in a particular place. This also affects the atmosphere of a place just because of the light in that area.

The sense of light we get through nature can suggest a feeling we had somewhere else. The lighting created in nature can be described by brightness, dimness, and the patterns created by the shadows. One can draw inspiration from shadows from nature because the shapes created are so organic and unique.

Light and climate are related because the type of light within a culture affects their rituals and habits. The colors could be derived from the light affected by the climate and the colors they use for their fabrics are affected by the light sources and the effect of light through their climate. Windows and glass play an important role in letting light in while keeping the heat out depending on which side of a building the windows are placed. If the windows are placed on the East side, every morning that side of the building will be hotter than the rest.

When I think of light and time, the first thing that comes to mind is a sundial. Before clocks, and even after clocks were invented, the way people could tell time was from the sun. This makes sense because I feel as though many people now could estimate the time of day just by looking at the sun and what kind of light it is producing at a certain time. Sunrise and sunset also vary enough to tell the difference just through our eyes, not looking at the time on a clock. For instance during a sunrise the colors are typically a orange, to a light yellow, to an almost yellow gray that changes to a blue when the sun has completely risen. During a sunset the colors in the sky can be anything from a dark purple indigo to a dark blue, or a very strong light pink to a lavender purple to a light blue. Light also changes throughout the seasons. You see more light throughout the summer and spring than you do in fall and winter in most areas. Depending on the time of day, light can totally change the color of something. For example in the article, S. Andrea della Valle is a completely different color in the morning than it is in the late afternoon. One could use this to tell what time of day it was as well.

Lastly, light and task affects our awareness of light. We do not fully realize how much we use natural light until we are put in the position of having no natural light to work in. Many jobs require only natural light to be able to work. Many farmers work throughout the day when natural light is at its fullest and maximize their time by starting as soon as the sun rises. A personal experience I have had with natural light is while I’m working in studio. All throughout the day we use the natural light coming through the windows and skylights, which provide an amazing amount of light to light the room without using any artificial types of lighting. As soon as the sun goes down it is necessary to use the artificial lighting regardless of how many windows there are in studio.

Overall, I think light is one of the things we all take for granted to an extreme level. If it is a cloudy day, we just think “turn on the lights in the house”. It is an almost automatic thought. If we did not have access to electrical lighting we would have to design our whole day around the natural light we get during the day. Our inspirations and influences would not be the same without light, and our habits would change drastically.