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!

http://wadehouse.wisconsinhistory.org/Explore/CarriageMuseum/Chair.aspx#slide

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