Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Adam Goes to LSI & West Point

Earlier this month I was in attendance for the Lighting Services Inc (LSI) Fall Foliage Conference and factory visit in New York.  I have been working with LSI for as long as I have been at Abernathy Lighting Design, so it was a great experience to visit their facility and see how the products we specify are produced and meet the people who produce them.  It was very interesting to see how their products go from initial design to final product and then shipped out to their customers.

The conference was both entertaining and informational because not only was I shown many of LSI’s current and future products, but they were presented in a way that was fun for everyone.  The entire LSI staff was great and they all worked together to show us their products like they do to produce them.  My favorite part was the hands-on time, where we were able to use all of their products in various configurations to see them first hand.

For my second full day in New York, we were treated to an Army Black Knights Football game at West Point Academy.   I was very excited for this event because I had never been to a college football game before.  We were treated the traditional pregame parade, a tailgate of our own, and even met with some cadets that attend West Point.  The entire experience just added to the great weekend put on by LSI and Army won!

I’d like to thank our friends at LSI and Bob at Boston Light Source for having me along for this event.  I learned so much and had a great time with everyone that attended LSI Fall Foliage!


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Project Complete - The Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse

ALD recently completed work on another collaborative project with Jack Rouse Associates. 

The Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse in Louisville, Kentucky opened to the public on October 1st! This downtown location is meant to supplement the larger Jim Beam American Stillhouse, which is 30 minutes outside the city. To find out more about either location, visit their website.

The new location offers the following highlights to visitors:

  • A distillation system showcasing a small copper pot still with a unique rectifying column and see-through glass vapor condenser.
  •  Interactive displays and d├ęcor that immerse Bourbon enthusiasts in the Jim Beam® brand and educate them on the fine nuances of whisky making;
  • A one-of-a-kind tasting bar crafted from reclaimed wood and designed to reflect barrel staves and flowing Bourbon;
  • A sculptural American Oak tree built from barrel staves. The tree features a canopy crafted from laser-cut steel leaves and illuminated Jim Beam bottles, symbolic of the First Family of Bourbon;
  • A full retail store offering branded items, as well an opportunity for guests to label, fill and customize their own bottle of the site’s exclusive Bourbon offering, Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse Select.
JRA provided complete master planning, design and project management for both the Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse in Louisville and the Jim Beam American Stillhouse and Distillery Tour in Clermont, KY and we designed the lighting for both locations.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

ALD's Fall Quarterly Update!

Our Fall 2015 Quarterly Update has been released via email! 

If you're on our list but did not receive the email, please check your spam folder and make sure we're a recognized email address. If you'd like to be added to the list to receive our emails, please email with your request.

Thank you! Happy reading and HAPPY FALL!!!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Meet Baby Winnie!

We would like to introduce the newest member of our ALD family -  Gwendolyn Hope Rainone aka "Winnie". She was born 5:20am on 10/10/15 at 5 pounds, 8 ounces and 20 inches!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Unexpected Results of an LED Retrofit

When thinking about switching over your lamps from older traditional bulbs to new energy-efficient LEDs, realize that there may be unintended side effects. Take a look at this recent retrofit - The hall ceiling almost looks like it's underwater! 

The small luminous LED chip in the face of these retrofit lamps creates this unique and different pattern on the ceiling when it reflects more crisply off the imperfections in the floor.

What do you think? Is this an interesting and unique side effect? Or unfortunate happenstance? 

Bonus points: First person to guess where this is can receive a free LED lamp in the mail!