Bye Bye, Incandescent Lamps!

Did you know that pretty soon over a half a billion people are going to be saying goodbye to incandescent lamps?  Yeah.  A half a billion, plus.  There’s a great article at Forbes about this very topic.  Please read it!

An excerpt:

In a little more than a year, more than half a billion people in nearly 30 nations around the world will bid adieu to the incandescent light bulb.

Last week, the European Union joined Australia, the Philippines and Cuba in finalizing plans to outlaw the sale of incandescent light bulbs by 2010. The U.S. plans to ban the bulbs beginning in 2012.

And for good reason. Incandescent light bulbs, which convert heat into light, are notoriously lazy, using only about 2% of the electricity they consume and wasting the rest as heat. Considering that lighting accounts for nearly one quarter of the world’s electricity use, the potential energy savings are prodigious. The prospect of converting those savings into profits has encouraged a clutch of companies to commercialize cutting-edge lighting technologies. If the past presages the future, it will take more than an intriguing technology and superior economics to kill the incandescent light bulb, especially in the U.S.

Ventana by Pablo

It sounds so kitchy to talk about a designer by a single name – Pablo Pardo, for example, being called “Pablo,” as if he’s the lighting designer formerly known as his real name.  Regardless of his rockstar-designer status, his work is innovative, functional, and in great form.  Pablo is among a small list of designers I’ve started to chronicle on Jim On Light – to spread the beauty of the relationship of form and fuction, especially with something as essential as illumination.

Enough of the ruminations on art for form and function – let’s look at the Ventana, by Pablo.

Ventana is a drapery-esque lighting fixture that has the ability to be raised and lowered, and has the ability to lie flat against the wall, or to be maneuvred perpendicular with the wall to which it is attached.

Ventana comes in a mini format (a little less wide than the original Ventana) and in the original length and width.  Y Lighting has the Ventana lamp on “sale” for $560.00.  No, I don’t have an affiliate membership at Y Lighting – it’s just an awesome lamp.

LDI Pics: PRG’s Bad Boy

I was able to get some (what I feel are) good shots of the new Bad Boy from PRG in Vegas this last week.  Check them out!

Weekly WYSIWYG 5: BLACK BOX

Imagine a world in which a device existed that could coordinate all worlds of production (INCLUDING AUDIO), not control mind you, but coordinate – communication between gear and systems, systems helping out systems, and systems watching out for other systems to help systems do their respective jobs.

Now imagine a world where a device like this is in R+D, and a working model already exists.

Cast is developing Black Box – a project between several companies that is going to revolutionize our industry and our markets.  I’ve talked with Gil Densham a few times now, and I finally had a chance at LDI to see the Black Box in action.  Cast is shooting for a fully capable production model in September of 2009 (don’t hold me or Cast to that date, as the universe is the universe).  There are several companies that are teaming up to get this thing a kickin’, and everything depends on the coordinated efforts.  Patience, young camper, patience.

Gil explained Black Box to me with a very simple couple of scenarios – let me list one now.  Scenario 1, a moving screen.  Imagine a projection screen on a motor system that moves the projector around the stage, and a director who wants that screen to do different stuff every night.  There is an image being projected on that screen, and as the screen movess, the image needs to be constantly updated with reference to keystoning.  That image on the screen might also come in contact with some moving lights as it moves.  What happens when all of this stuff happens?  Anyone who’s programmed a DL-1 or DL-2 knows that this would be some pretty incredible progrtamming to do this live every night – how do you correct all of the keystoning on the fly?  How do you douse the moving lights that cross the screen’s path?  This is where the Black Box concept comes in.

From Cast’s press release about the Black Box concept:

BlackBox is built with special hardware and proprietary software to be an all-in-one, bi-directional high-speed communications nerve centre which enables all control devices to instruct or receive instructions from each other. Live, realtime input in all forms is received by the BlackBox, which acts as the brains – running an ultra high-speed hybrid version of wysiwyg that works with a special new wysiwyg file version (that CAST is working on now). BlackBox receives and converts live positional data about any or many moving objects, selected or deselected for tracking as required from one or several sources, applies its brain power and speed to establish the exact 3D positions of those objects, then computes instructions in XYZ, yar, pitch and roll terms, and then shoots out moving positional information to whatever control devices need it. So moving lights, set pieces, cameras etc. are synchronized and tracking the action of those moving objects – all in live realtime, all in true 3D.

These are exciting times, kids.  Exciting times.  More on Black Box to come.

Break the Cyclops

I love the quote about how this lamp came to fruition:

This design was inspired by illogical placed and/or operating switches for lighting.

To switch the lamp off, you have to pull down on the “eye” in the middle, breaking the circuit in the center, or utilizing whatever disconnect mechanism breaks the circuit.  A unique design for sure – I wonder where the best application would lie for this fixture.  My initial inkling would be somewhere in a smaller room.

Form follows function in this fixture.

Pablo, Inc

I wrote a post about the Brazo lamp last week by Pablo Pardo, the founder of Pablo, Inc.  Pablo Pardo is a Venezuelan-born designer who founded Pablo, Inc back in 1993.  Some background from the Pablo, Inc site:

Pablo was formed in 1993 by Venezuelan born industrial designer Pablo Pardo and has established its studio in San Francisco. A 1986 graduate from the University of Cincinnati’s renowned industrial design program, his diverse career includes designing children’s roller skates for Fisher Price to creating automobile concepts for Daimler Chrysler.

The studio has gained international recognition for its innovative lighting and home furnishings designs which are characterized by their unique sense of style and simplicity.

Pablo’s work is top quality.  Top quality materials, processes, and designs.  However, if you’re looking for a Wal-Mart quality desk lamnp, go to Wal-Mart.  Pablo’s work is nowhere near cheap, but you definitely get what you pay for – craftsmanship, knowledgeable design, and attention to detail.

Check out some of Pablo, Inc’s offerings at Y Lighting, Room and Board (which has some questions with Pablo as well), and Apartment Therapy.

The Plint Lamp by Dave Keune

Last week I chronicled a few works by Dave Keune – another project from his collection is The Plint Lamp.  From Dave’s website:

Plint is a minimal, yet elegant luminaire with an expandable bamboo shade. By use of the flexible quality of bamboo the interconnected parts can be opened and closed by hand. In this way the shade functions as a mechanical dimmer, offering the owner a possibility to change shape as well as light-production of the luminaire. The repetition of parts creates a spectacular view on the warm glowing inside and gives an exciting display of shadows in the environment.

The Plint is an interesting use of a douser concept – well, it’s not really a use, per se, it’s really an interesting douser concept.  As you increase the diameter of the shade, you’re not only increasing intensity but you’re increasing the mass and shape.  In this case, does form aid function, or does form follw function in this case?

The Road to LDI

I’m boarding a plane at the ‘crack of dawn this morning, heading to LDI.  Exciting days are in my very near future – I’ll be blogging on and off during the day at the expo, and in whatever other opportunities I have to do so.  I’ll be posting some interviews I’m having as well in the coming week – including Mike Zinman, founder and developer of The Zinman Co.

Vegas, here I come.  Prepare.