Tuesday, December 30, 2014

GOBO heads home!

GOBO back at the North Pole

With Christmas behind us, it's time for Gobo to catch a flight and head back to the North Pole!

Don't worry though, he'll be back to help us out again next December! Thanks again to BK Lighting for sending him to us.

Gobo will be celebrating the New Year at the North Pole with his friends... the rest of us at ALD will be taking December 31st through January 2nd off for the holiday. 

We will see you again on January 5, 2015! Thank you all for a wonderful year.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

GOBO's Favorite Time of the Year!

Gobo's favorite time of the year has arrived! To celebrate, Gobo (and the rest of us here at ALD) will be taking some time off. 

Our office will be closed December 24th through December 26th to celebrate CHRISTMAS!!!

We hope your holiday is both merry and BRIGHT!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GOBO on break

After all his hard work this week in records storage, Gobo has decided to hide out in the break room. 

Look what mug he picked! It's the one from his former home at B-K Lighting!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

GOBO on a new shelf!

Today Gobo was discovered hanging out in our records shelving. 
It is here that we keep copies of our final resource documentation for each project we complete. Copies of these binders are given to each client for their future reference. Today, we are transitioning to electronic records and soon shelves like this will be a thing of the past!

Where will Gobo end up hanging out then?!?!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Selfie with an Elfie!

B-K Lighting, who sent us Gobo for the holiday season, is doing a weekly "Selfie with an Elfie" photo contest on their Facebook page. Here is this week's submission!

Check out B-K Lighting on Facebook to see more!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Gobo's plotting adventures!

Today at work, Gobo learned all about our plotter! 

He ordered more paper supplies and learned how large format printing helps our designers plan out a project. The plotter also helps us illustrate a project's designs and specifications to clients, manufacturers, installers, and electrical engineers. 

After his lesson, we caught Gobo hanging out in printing storage. Now that he knows all about plotters... he looks like he's plotting something mischievous! Stay tuned to see what Gobo is up to next!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Gobo at Work!

Gobo the Elf was hard at work today decorating the office for the holiday season! 

Gobo is very proud of his work... and has decided he's going to smugly hang out for the rest of the day with the Santa tree topper.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Meet Gobo the ELF!!

Meet Gobo the Elf... ALD's very own Elf on a Shelf! 

Gobo will be having lots of adventures around our office this December, so stay tuned for more fun photos!

Thank you BK Lighting for sending Gobo to us!

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Another onsite visit!


ALD recently went out on another site visit. (Though this one was a little closer to home than China!)

Jason and Adam took measurements and observed existing conditions for another one of our upcoming design projects. This project takes us to new heights and involves exterior lighting to highlight architectural building details at night!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Opening Night!

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Rhode Island College's production of The Little Foxes

Tonight is opening night! We had a great week at the tech and dress rehearsals for the show. It's always fulfilling to see all the production elements of a performance come together and to see student designers, technicians, and actors rise to the occasion.

 If you're interested in attending a performance, please call the Box Office in advance at (401) 456-8144. The Helen Forman Theatre is a small intimate space that will sell out.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Theatrical Lighting Design - The Little Foxes at Rhode Island College

This week Kathy is at Rhode Island College overseeing the hang and focus of a theatrical lighting plot in the Helen Forman Theatre. She is designing the lights, with assistant student designer Leslie Medeiros, for the upcoming production of The Little Foxes

Yesterday was a full day working with the students. Throughout the 10-5pm work day, the students swapped jobs so they could all learn how to safely hang a light, call focus, run an RFU remote, and physically focus a lighting unit up in the catwalk.  It's wonderful to be involved with training the next generation of lighting technicians and designers and ALD would like to thank all of the students who came in to help get it done!

Little Foxes is being directed by Bob Colonna and features over a dozen student performers. Tech starts on Saturday and the show runs Wednesday, November 12th through Sunday, November 16th. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the RIC Box Office at (401) 456-8144.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The China Adventures

The view of Beijing from the hotel window
Jason is back! He just spent a week in China working on site at one of our on-going projects. The project doesn't open to the public until June 2015... so we can't share any photos of the actual project yet. Stay tuned for more information!

Jason was able to explore Beijing though and take in the amazing tourist sites, including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and the Golou Shopping District.
View from the Forbidden City moat facing one of the temples
The market district at night

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Leaving on a jet plane...

Jay might be leaving on a jet plane, but we know he will be back next week with a lot of stories and photos from his trip! 

Jay is currently in China on an eight day site visit for one of our over seas projects. We can't wait to hear all about it!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Innovative Inspiration #5 - New greener LED technology!

According to a recent article on Product Design & Development's website, engineers have discovered a way to create white light LEDs without using the expensive "rare earth elements" that are common in current manufacture.

The new process involves copper iodide, which is a common substance, and the new LEDs can even be tuned to a "warmer" white instead of the cooler color many people associate with LEDs (in contrast to traditional incandescent bulbs). This new development could mean great things for the cost and the environmental friendliness of LED and fluorescent lamps in the future. The team of scientists, led by Jing Li, published their article on September 12th in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Innovative Inspiration # 4 - The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics

This year the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura for their creation of the blue LED during the 1990s. This discovery allowed white light to be created using LEDs! Red and Green had been around for years, but without blue, creating white light with LEDs was impossible. 

Today, white LED lamps are long-lasting and energy-efficient and will be instrumental in the future of inexpensive and environmentally friendly lighting. For more information on the award, check out the Nobel Prize website.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Thank you!

We would like to help the IALD thank everyone who made LightNight a successful event this year!!

Thank you to Philips and Osram Sylvania for providing equipment for use in the lighting installation and thank you to all the sponsors - Acuity Brands, FineLite Better Lighting, Hubbell, FL Illumination, Sylvania & Philips.

Thank you also to everyone who attended! We are looking forward to being involved in the event again next year!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The wait is over... LightNight is this weekend!

Adam & Jason experimenting with an LED lantern
We hope you can join us at this Saturday's IALD LightNight event at WaterFire!

The IALD is hosting a cocktail reception at the Dorrance from 4:30-7:30pm with a full lighting of WaterFire to begin at sunset. LightNight will be visible along the South Main St. side of the Providence River and there will be a lot of other activities in the area. You can check out WaterFire's website for a complete list of events.

The IALD would like to thank Philips and Osram Sylvania for providing equipment for use in the lighting installation and thank all the other sponsors for making this a FREE EVENT to attend - Acuity Brands, FineLite Better Lighting, Hubbell, FL Illumination, Sylvania & Philips. Donations at the event are being accepted for the IALD Education Trust.

Check out the IALD's event posting for more information on how to attend!

Innovative Inspiration # 3- Swing Time!!

A new park installation in Boston, MA allows you to sit and swing on light!

Swing Time is an interactive sculpture installation composed of 20 illuminated swings. The swings are part of a temporary park between the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on the D Street lawn. Custom fabricated from welded polypropylene, the swings are designed in three different sizes so that community members of all ages can interact with them.

LED lighting within each swing reacts to the amount of motion when the swing is in use with colors ranging from white to blue to purple. The Swing Time project aims to activate outdoor spaces in Boston using technology and creativity, and was designed by Boston-based Howeler and Yoon Architecture.

Here is a Vimeo Video of the swings in action, but if you're local to the area, you can check it out in person through October 31st!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Countdown to LightNight - Only 10 days away!

On 27 September, member volunteers from the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) will present LightNight at WaterFire, a celebration of light and lighting along the Providence River Greenway. New temporary installations of LED lighting will highlight the Irish Famine Memorial and various landscape features near College Street, South Main Street, and The Greenway, adding to a magically illuminated nighttime environment that will allow visitors to appreciate the power of light and learn more about the practice of lighting design during the evening's many festivities. We encourage you to come out and experience the creativity and sparkle of LightNight at WaterFire 2014.

Monday, September 8, 2014

On the Cover - "Perfectly Pawtucket"

Our 2013 Pawtucket River Bridge project is featured on the cover of this month's LD+A Magazine! LD+A is the house publication of The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America

The article can be found on pages 40-43 of the September 2014 issue and was written by Samantha Schwirck. The lighting design for the Pawtucket River Bridge included 8 fixture types - either metal halide or LED. Details of the programmable LED color-changing system are described in the article along with the full scale mock-up test that was used to determine the LED's durability. The working model of the bridge pylon (see below photo) sat outside of town hall for 2 years and was exposed to all types of New England weather. The test even allowed the manufacturer to correct an issue in some of the LED fixtures that was allowing condensation to build inside!

The article also discusses the importance of design collaboration to the success of the project.  To quote Kathy in the article, "collaborative processes can yield beautiful results..." which is why COLLABORATION is one of the ideals we continue to focus on here at Abernathy Lighting Design.

ALD is honored to be included in  LD+A and to have worked on such a beautiful and successful project.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

SAVE THE DATE - LightNight 2014!

The IALD's Annual "LightNight" Event will be held at WaterFire in Providence, RI on Saturday, September 27th! 

Stay tuned for more information!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Site Visit: Brookings Interpretive Center @ the Missouri Botanical Gardens

Kathy and Chris recently returned from a site visit to the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis! ALD is proud to have been recently hired as part of the JCo. team working to renovate the incredible Brookings Interpretive Center. The exhibits in the Center are being redone and updated to allow for greater flexibility. The Brookings Interpretive Center does a variety of events and exhibit themes each year aimed to educate visitors about the importance of plants and conservation.The Center emphasizes family-friendly and hands-on learning environments. The planned renovation will allow the space (and the lighting) to adapt to each different theme! Past exhibit themes include: Exploring Trees Inside and Out, EarthWays: Living the Green Life, DinoQuest: A Tropical Trek Through Time, TREEmendous and Plants and People: China.The photos from our recent site visit depict the current Nature in Your Neighborhood exhibit designed to open visitors' eyes to the plants that exist around them. This exhibit will be there though January 4, 2015.

The site visit is a very important part of the lighting design process. The visit allows everyone on the team to meet and collaborate in person. It also allows all the designers to take photos of the existing space to use as a reference during the next phase of the design process. The sooner the lighting designer is hired and involved in the process, the better the project is in the end! Being involved early allows the lighting designer to collaborate with the rest of the team from the beginning and to integrate the ground work and infrastructure for the lighting system into the interior design. This also helps keep costs down because interior work does not need to be redone or disturbed to add the lighting in later.

The renovations on the Brookings Interpretive Center are expected to be completed in 2016... we are excited to bring you updates on the project as it progresses and to see how incredible the space turns out to be once it's finished! Stay tuned!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Innovative Inspiration # 2 - ENRA: Dance & Light

This week, we shared an article and video about the Japanese dance troupe ENRA and how they are combining light and animation to bring their dance routines to the next level. Check out our Facebook page for more!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Innovative Inspirations

As part of our social media initiative, we are planning to share on our Facebook page news stories from around the world that highlight break throughs in lighting design and application! This week, we've shared a story about an LED panel basketball floor created by Nike and installed at a training facility in China!

Check out our Facebook page to read the article and see the demo video!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A Tribute to "Stubby"

In a world of never ending errors and omissions, where information is always flowing and comments are always required, there is one who has always been up to the task; the venerable Red Pencil. For decades it has stood ever ready to correct the grammar of a poorly worded callout note, to adjust the track head locations in a museum gallery that's been completely rearranged without your knowledge, or to ask such seemingly simple questions as "wasn't this a conference room in the last revision?”
Yet, despite their usefulness, the red pencil is so frequently neglected. Too often it is caught up in papers destined for the recycle bin, it’s tossed into a purse or laptop bag never to be seen again, or tucked behind an ear and inadvertently taken home where it is chewed by the dog and summarily discarded. Time and again, through all of these indignities, the useful life of this loyal office tool is tragically cut short and it's soft red light snuffed out before it's time.
Today, we at Abernathy Lighting Design wish to take a moment to pay tribute to one of our own. While no one can remember just when Stubby was first removed from his crisp white box in the supply closet, we can all remember his many days moving from desk to desk, from pencil cup to pencil cup, marking and commenting his way through shop drawing submittals, electrical drawing reviews, and even the occasional contract rewrite. Stubby served his time with dignity and grace and it is with great pride that, today, we bid a fond retirement to our old friend after a lifetime of faithful service. While it is always hard to say goodbye to long-time colleagues, often it is for the best as, quite frankly, Stubby simply doesn't fit in the pencil sharpener any more.
And so, as we reflect on the storied career of our dear friend Stubby, we encourage you all to glance around your desks, your work tables and conference rooms, and bid a simple Thank You to the many daily implements of design which so many of us take for granted.
Stubby, we wish you well in retirement, and while we know that there are many in the supply closet who can perform your tasks, you can never truly be replaced!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Keeping Up with Technology

We at Abernathy Lighting came across a fascinating article in Lux Magazine the other day that we thought we would bring to your attention. The link is below:

View the Lux Magazine Article Here...

What peaked our interest was the discussion of the growing trend in "Smart" technology being incorporated into today's luminaires. With the wide spread adoption of LED technology, the lighting industry is reveling in luminaires which pride themselves on lasting for 20 years or more. The point raised by this article is that, if these luminaires contain newer IT based technologies, such as Bluetooth, Wifi, or other wireless communication systems, it is possible that these features rely on technology (specifically circuitry and microchips) which were never intended to last 20+ years under constant use.

Let us know your thoughts on this. While we find it fascinating to think that our kitchen down lights can now communicate with our toaster, are we short changing ourselves in the long run?

* Image from "The Brave Little Toaster"

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Abernathy Lighting Design, collaborating with Museum Design Associates, Uihlein Wilson Architects and KJWW, was proud to work on the Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum - home to Wisconsin's most extensive and diverse collection of carriages, sleighs, wagons, and more, the Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum contains 70 horse- and hand-drawn vehicles.

Self-guided tours allow you to explore, at your own pace, the vehicles that transported people and goods so important to a growing American economy.

 Carriages were the main form of transportation for virtually everyone. From the milk man to the firefighters.
Meticulously restored and preserved, the vehicles in the collection were all in operation sometime between 1870-1915.
Check out their web-site and be sure to visit the next time you are in Wisconsin!


Special shout out to ETC and Enterprise Lighting for their support during our aiming trip!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Fun with mock-ups!

Proposed entry sign light to help patrons identify and locate the location
 ALD is currently in the process of adding some sparkle to the exterior of the American Locomotive Building in downtown Providence. The building is a historic industrial complex located on a 17.5 acre site along the Woonasquatucket River. Eight historic buildings were adapted for housing, commercial, and retail space back in 2010.

 The goal of this new project is to increase the prominence of the building at night. We recently went over to the building with functional mock-ups of our lighting ideas to demonstrate to the clients how the ideas would actually look once installed. The demonstration helped us collaborate with the client in choosing the ideas that would work best for the project. All of the proposed fixtures are LEDs.

Jason and Adam taking measurement for a proposed backlight fixture

Lights behind the sign will increase the visibility of the restaurant for potential patrons

Demo of one possible building accent light

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Magazine Week!

ALD has recently been featured in several magazines! Our recent Pawtucket River Bridge project was featured in the Jan-Feb 2014 issue of Lighting India Magazine. Click this LINK to see the online edition of the magazine. Our article is on pages 29-35.

Today, we received this month's edition of A.R.E.'s (Association for Retail Environments) Retail Environments in the mail to discover that the Crayola Experience is featured in the magazine and is an A.R.E. "Outstanding Merit" Award Winner for 2014. Thank you Reztark Design Studio for including us in the nomination and win! Check out the online page about the award, which includes a wonderful photo slide show of the project!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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