Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Light Sketch series 4

Computer lab
A)  Type of Luminaire: Suspended and task lamps
B)  Mounting Type: Hanging cord 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
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 have glass
I)     Function: Suspended: fixed Task: adjustable
J)     Ballast: 2 Lamps, non dimming, rapid start
K)  Environment: Dry
L)   Shielding: Suspended: Shiny metal baffles Task: overhead

 A ) Purpose of space: Student space for working on projects and assignments on computers.

B) Purpose of lighting: Task lighting
C) Describe the effect of each luminaire in the space: The task lighting has a function within the space to provide a light at each computer station.
D) Recommendations: More individual task lighting and the some controlled dimming light would be beneficial to the space.

Jimmy John’s

A)  Type of luminaire: Down lighting and Track lighting
B)  Mounting Type: Both Suspended
C)   Lamping: Compact Fluorescent and PAR lamps
D)  Construction: Frosted glass and Aluminum
E)   Manufacturer: Sylvania for both
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: Food, Quick meal stop
B)  Purpose of lighting: Ambient and focal lighting
C)   Effect of luminaire in the space: Both have a function for both the customer and employee
D)  Recommendation: None

Tate St. Coffee

A)  Type of luminaire: Down lighting and LED rope lighting
B)  Mounting Type: Hanging and Freestanding
C)   Lamping: Incandescent and LED
D)  Construction: Down lighting: Metal & Wood LED: 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 and Rubber eggshell
H)  Lensing: None
I)     Function: Incandescent: Ambient LED: Decorative
J)     Ballast: None
K)  Environment: Damp
L)   Shielding: Incandescent: glass cover shell LED: rubber casing.

A)  Purpose of Space: Food/Café shop socializing
B)  Purpose of lighting: Ambient and Accent Lighting
C)   Effect of Luminaire: Downlight light up the traffic area Rope: highlights the décor
D)  Recommendation: minimize overuse of energy cost by changing the incandescent to more energy efficient lighting

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A beautiful quilt exhibit in New York.
What I mainly love about this is the composition of the quilts. To the viewer its like they're almost wrapping around you as they swirl up. The lighting is also so great that it make them look like LED patterned panels.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Light sketch series 2

For this series we used 4 textiles two warm and two cool. The lamps used for this project were fluorescent and incandescent.
The changes in that mainly took place with the textiles were that depending on the type of lamp used their colors were either brightened or dulled. For this project we used MR-16s and incandescent lamps.

Both types of lamps were used in a kitchen. The kitchen is a space where there needs to be a lot of ambient and focal or task lighting. There needs to be an overall type of lighting that brightens the space for those using kitchen for its purpose, but also a kitchen needs task lighting when certain tasks require a more focal point to give the person a better view while carrying out the task. Also this particular kitchen has a bar seating area so there needs to be some focal lighting to just brighten the sitting area when the cooking is done.
I believe that kitchens are some of the most well lit areas in a house. They have so many task lights whether its under the hood over the stove, or under cabinets, over sinks or just the main light they are usually very bright and well equipped.

These pictures were taken with the MR-16s they seem to wash out the cooler colors and brightened the warmer colors.

The lamp used for these was the warm incandescent warm. It made the warm colors pop out more and the cooler colors brighten up and look sharper. 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Light Model Project


Precedent Images inspired our light model. They are lights that inspire movement and transition and how light hitting a white surface reflect and interact within the space. The O'Hare Chicago airport for example has LED color panels that change and are set to create transition and movement. Our light box idea was about showing light transitioning and changing. We also got inspired by the slits found on windows and how by the way they are positioned create different filters and light effects. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Light and place
Each place on this earth has a distinct characteristic that places it apart form one another. All the factors that make up each place give it its individual beauty. Those features give a face to the environment and region. Some of the main elements that play a big role are the geography and the way the natural light connects with it. It combines, reflects, shines, darkens, or consumes each other. Light and place not only combine to make beautiful patterns, shadows, and bring out beautiful colors it also inspires and molds the way buildings are designed for that certain region. A great example is the way the Japanese use “Shoji” paper paneled doors. They are used to provide comfort in the most difficult season. The panels are opened in certain ways to let the breeze come in while at the same time shielding from the sun. The light molds the place and yet the place can mold how much light it will let in. Depending on the place we build according to it and according to how and where the light hits.

Light and Nature
There is a line in the reading that stood out to me that says, “Images of light in nature can be used as powerful models for designing the luminous qualities of rooms.” (pg.15) In my opinion nature is the model for so many things. It brings so much inspiration to us as far what we can do with light and design in general. The way light hits water and casts reflections, and when it comes through trees it forms all kinds of shapes, and when it makes blends with nature creates all kinds of patterns, these are all examples of where architects and designers find inspiration today. A house that really captures nature and light is The Sun House by Guz architects. It can really be said that nature and light really blend where all the elements are combined and the house is one with natural world.

Light and Climate
The climate definitely affects each region of the world differently the climates all come in a range of moderate to intense. It is very interesting that certain styles of design developed because of this. A good example from the reading is they way the Spanish added certain patterns to their walls, roofs, and arches so that the harshness of the sun wouldn’t cause a lot of glaring to the eye. This is a great way in which these cultures adjusted to the climate and therefore found ways to deal with it very creatively and at the same time very beautifully.

Light time and task
Light contributes to so much of our world; it serves many functions and one of those big ones is time. Over the course of history it has been what we use to let us know how to divide our day and keep up with this issue called time. I for one don’t have curtains in my room and as soon as the light starts pouring into my room I know it has to at least be 8 am. This definitely ties in with task. Tasks are usually done in light, some done only during the daylight. I see the importance of light to come through in places of task like a library. Once again light shapes and mold spaces.

Although all these are different functions that light serves, they overlap and some go hand in hand with each other. Light is experienced everyday and like the reading said usually when there isn’t enough of it is when we notice it the most. Its role is definitely essential to our daily lives.