For any of you making LED “maker” projects, a nice calculator for figuring out the resistance you need for simple series or parallel LED circuits can be found at ledcalc.com. It just helped me build a simple alarm circuit for my 8 year old… Continue reading LED resistor calculator
A great article just appeared in the New Yorker comparing the history of light bulbs and the challenge of switching from an industry structure around planned obsolescence to an industry built around durable products — effectively circular economy strategies. Some notable sections … Continue reading planned obsolescence vs. LED lighting
Melbourne based lighting controls startup Daintree Networks was acquired by Current (GE) for supposedly $77m (USD). More background from an Australian media outlet (note the figures must be in Australian currency): GE has bought Melbourne-founded building automation startup Daintree Networks for more than $100 million, one of the biggest private sales of an Australian technology business this decade. Started by Bill Wood and other former Hewlett-Packard engineers in Melbourne in 2003, Daintree’s wireless system for controlling lighting and air-conditioning, Controlscope, is already used in 1000 small-to-medium sized commercial buildings in the US. Following the purchase by GE, Daintree’s team – … Continue reading daintree networks acquired by current
Not strictly lighting related — but interesting nonetheless: Understanding How Dilution Affects You At A Startup Continue reading venture capital dilution
Via Dezeen. “What is fashion missing? Micro-controllers.” Some wild fashion concepts by Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht that combines 3D printing, embedded lighting, projection mapping, sensors, etc. (not to mention some crazy insane 3D modeling skills!) into some very futuristic ensembles. Gorgeous … Continue reading anouk wipprecht
This week is Thanksgiving in the United States, a holiday meant to celebrate the kindness of the American Indians to the earliest European settlers. Without the natives’ help, the first settlers most likely wouldn’t have survived. In that spirit, I … Continue reading giving thanks (for my career)
A very scary view of what might be the near future for virtual or augmented reality technology. Do we need interior design if we have virtual worlds built into our eyeballs? You wouldn’t even need architectural lighting – the interface … Continue reading “sight systems” short movie
A friend of ours recently took their kids to the Stepping Stones Museum and sent us this awesome image of a GIANT LITE BRITE!!!! I wonder how many people in the lighting industry were just a little bit influenced by … Continue reading giant lite brite!
This post marks my 500th on Lucept! After six years, thanks to everyone who keeps checking in on this blog! I use Lucept as my personal R+D research notebook for advanced lighting. But rather than keeping it private, I’ve found it very useful to keep online and open to all to share. I certainly don’t run a media empire, but I see from the stats that in an average month I get about 1,500 visitors and 5,000 page views. Who would have thought that there were so many lighting nerds out there??? Continue reading 500 posts!
Flying into Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on an overnight flight, I saw the most crazy sight — a world that looked like something from a sci-fi movie. The massive industrial greenhouses dotting the flat Dutch landscape looked like phosphor-coated LED chips rendered at a gargantuan … Continue reading greenhouses at night in holland
UPDATE: Feb-2016 — the original GE video link is gone, but I found the commercial again in YouTube. If it is missing, search “GE Enhance Your Lighting”. Philips vs. GE vs. Cree. LED lighting has gone all Madison Avenue. I’ll … Continue reading LED lighting ad smackdown!
Zumtobel formally announced that Rogier van der Heide is becoming their Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Design Officer. Rogier was previously the Chief Design Officer for Philips Lighting, where I worked for him as part of the Iconic Projects Team … Continue reading rogier van der heide joining Zumtobel as CMO and CDO
The big deal here in Amsterdam on Monday was President Obama visiting the Rijksmuseum. He made one a hell of an entrance, considering they blockaded the entire Museumplein and landed not just one, but four helicopters for his short trip … Continue reading rijksmuseum: president obama visits
I love the stats function on WordPress…not because I have a lot of readership, but because I have such a broad readership around the world. It is just fascinating to see… Here are my recent stats: Country Views United States … Continue reading it’s a small [lighting] world
Came across this site for Chinese imports: Mini In The Box. Based on what I’ve seen at the tradeshows, engineering and production quality will be all over the map and has to be studied product by product. But what impresses … Continue reading mini in the box
“Lovely Megan, I went to buy a light bulb. When I get back, I’ll see you better. Love, Don” Thanks to last night’s episode of Mad Men, all of us lighting nerds finally know how to compose a love letter that … Continue reading lighting love letter from Mad Men
22 hours of walking and talking… 15 seperate exhibit halls… Endless corridors… M.C. Escher-like escalators… Throngs of people… Movenpick ice-cream cones… Sore feet… IT MUST BE LIGHT + BUILDING TIME! Light + Building is just enormous, inspiring, overwhelming, and awesome…all … Continue reading light + building 2012
I had to go to Gap today to return some baby clothes, and what did I see???? Light Bulb Boxers! So of course I had to pick a pair up! Nice variety of lamps, too…you got the A, R, T, plus some CFL screw-ins and even a metal halide profile. Buy one for your favorite lighting fanatic today! Continue reading Light Bulb Boxers
Jason Brooks is a London-based graphic illustrator that has done work with numerous companies across the genres of fashion, lifestyle, and interiors. Besides making me wish I was a young, rich and fabulous hipster-globe-trotting-party-animal, his illustrations are fantastic lighting inspiration: They … Continue reading lighting inspiration: jason brooks
Welcome to the first post on Lucept. Lucept is being started with grand ambitions: At first, this will be a blog dedicated to contemporary lighting with a special focus on forward-looking lighting trends. Eventually, we hope Lucept will grow into something … Continue reading Welcome to Lucept