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Sunday JimOnLight.com Flickr Pool

Fantastic shots.  This week is all about color and shadow – I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed seeing them.

Oh, something awesome to share – for designers, this is about the coolest Flickr tool ever.  We all have @lekogirl (Daphne) to thank for this, as she sent me the link.  Check out the Multicolr Search Lab.  You will not regret it.

Montreal Convention Center

Montreal Convention Center

DePaul

Philips LivingColors, V2.0 – LED Love for the Home

I wrote about the Philips LivingColors fixture in its initial form quite a while ago – and I had the pleasure of meeting the designer of the LivingColors fixture when I was in Sweden, Willem van der Sluis.  Willem is one cool dude.  We got to hear a lot about the original story of the initial ideas surrounding the LivingColor lamp – did you know that when Philips first proposed this idea, they wanted to use three incandescent (halogen) lamps inside this thing?!  That goodness that they decided to repel that decision – otherwise it might have been the Philips LivingCrapIBurnedDownMyHouse.

There is now a new release of the LivingColor wash – Philips claims that it is 50% brighter than the original, which, if you bought version 1, sucks for you.  Right now the fixture retails for between $230 and $350, and includes seven LEDs, a choice between a wall lamp and floor lamp, and comes with a multi-parameter color and intensity control.

I still think it’s cool, and I still want one.  Amazon has the Philips LivingColors full size for $190 and a mini version with the remote built-in to the case (which comes in glossy black and glossy white) for $107.  My birthday just passed, anyone need a belated gift idea?  :)

Here’s a picture of the mini version, in glossy black:

Thanks, Geek and Hype!

LDI 2009: SeaChanger’s Booth

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One of my favorite booths this year was SeaChanger’s booth.  Besides the fact that they have a great product and are using the LIFI lamp like rockstars, SeaChanger had their standard setup – Eileen Morris (gourmet chef and wife of Tom Morris at SeaChanger) cooked those of us at the conference some of the finest food I’ve ever eaten.  Most definitely the best omelet I’ve ever eaten.

The entire booth was lit by plasma sources – I have completely forgotten the percentage that Tom Stanziano gave me about how much less power the SeaChanger booth was using by having plasma lamps in their fixtures – but at least 30% less comes to mind.  The light from these LIFI sources and the SeaChanger optics is pretty stunning.  The booth itself is set up like a kitchen show – broadcast camera feeds to plasma screens, showing how nice the light appears on camera.

Quite frankly, it is a damned beautiful light.

Okay – omelets, Grand Marinier whipped creme on crepes, the SeaChanger color engine, and the LIFI lamp.  This was a good combination for LDI 2009 for me!

I have some really interesting stuff coming up about SeaChanger this week – you have to stay tuned, especially if you like glass color filters…

Check out some images of SeaChanger’s LDI 2009 exhibit:

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That’s my hand, and it’s resting on the cooling fins of the SeaChanger below using a LIFI lamp.  Awesome.

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SeaChanger Wash:

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Look!  It’s a Nautilus, a Profile, and a Wash!

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Thanks for the omelet, Eileen!

PATACHROMO

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PATACHROMO is an installation in Paris by Superbien, a group of artists that have obviously got their geekdom together.

(That’s a compliment, Superbien)

Pataphysics is Alfred Jarry’s philosophy of studying what’s beyond metaphysics, or the study of beyond the awesome, in a way.  Chromotherapy is the use of color and light “to balance energy wherever a person’s body be lacking, be it physical, emotional, spiritual, or mental,” according to Ye Ole Wikipedia.  The ancient Egyptians used to build huge sunrooms that had the ability to change out the panes of glass with colored ones, the Chinese associate each organ of the body with a color, and if you’ve ever designed lighting with particular respect to manipulating the audience’s physiology with colors of light, you know that it’s easy to do.  PATACHROMO is a mix of both of these things; watch the video, you’ll see what I mean.

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Thanks, PSFK!

Test Your Color IQ

Humans can see about – well, millions and millions of colors, according to researchers.  That’s a pretty scientific measurement!

X-Rite has a color IQ test in which you organize hues in order.  I scored perfect, just so I can blow my own horn publicly! Go take the test!  Post your score in the comments.