Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Congratulations, Motorsports Hall of Fame!

Photo from MSHFA
The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) recently took home the ISHY Award in the category of Hall of Fame Inductions and/or Annual Event Materials for its Class of 2020 Inductee Display Cases. Kudos! 

We were honored to work on the lighting design for the Hall of Fame's re-design with Jack Rouse Associates several years ago. For more about the ISHY Award, check out MSHFA's recent newsletter.

Thursday, October 28, 2021

They don't make them like they used to...

The next time you have to consider maintenance protocols for your lighting design, or the next time an electrician has to move a 20 foot ladder for the 50th time in a day, consider this wonderful bit of old time technology and say it like you mean it: “They really don’t make them like they used to”. 

This photo is of a streetlight maintenance vehicle owned by the Philadelphia Electric Company in 1910. Just one more application specific tool who’s time has come and gone. Eat your heart out manlifts everywhere!

If you happen to have any cool photos of old-school lighting tech we would love to see them!

Thursday, October 21, 2021

CBS - The National Comedy Center

Check out this incredible behind the scenes look at the National Comedy Center and the upcoming annual Lucille Ball celebration!

We were incredibly fortunate to be a part of this design team. Thank you Jack Rouse Associates for including us and congratulations to the entire team on such a successful project.


Thursday, September 2, 2021

The wonders of technology - selective chromatic lighting

When it comes to lighting museums, particularly those with sensitive cultural treasures, one of the most frequent challenges can be how to balance the desire to display light sensitive objects to the public with the need to preserve those objects from the degradation caused by exposure to light. Numerous techniques and standards have been developed over the years with which we have all become familiar, but an article in the latest edition of Lighting Research & Technology offers the possibility of an interesting out-of-the-box option. 

The article, in general, poses the idea of illuminating highly sensitive objects with what it calls “selective chromatic lighting”, which amounts to lighting an object with only the wavelengths of light which would be reflected by that object.  Essentially, we are talking about lighting an object with a high resolution photographic projection of the object itself to reduce damaging light absorption. 

While, in practice, this may be prohibitive on a large scale for multiple reasons, on a small scale it does pose some interesting possibilities. Imagine, for example, that you had a highly sensitive handwritten letter, black ink on paper, which would ordinarily be limited to 30 lux or less. The concern, beyond a yellowing of the paper, would be the fading of the pigment in the handwriting which would reduce the legibility over time. The possibility posed by the article is this: What if you illuminated the letter with a high definition photograph of the letter projected from an LED light source and aligned with the original. Then, for all intents and purposes, you are only illuminating the empty white page and minimizing the light which would fall on the text itself. While certainly not an everyday solution, it is one which current technologies make much more conceivable than in days gone by. 

If you have some time we recommend the article. A link to the abstract is provided below.


Thursday, July 8, 2021

USA Today - 10 Best New Museums

We're honored to have worked on two projects that made the USA Today list - The Mascot Hall of Fame and the Harriet Tubman museum. 

Check out the link to see the complete list!