Green is A Number – A Creative Stage Lighting Webinar


I just found this on the Creative Stage Lighting Blog, and this is about an hour and 20 minutes’ worth of your time that will come in handy in the future.  From Kevin Loretto’s Creative Stage Lighting Blog (bolding is mine for emphasis):

How do you measure the environmental impact of a light fixture? There are many ways to look at it, starting with the light output compared to the energy input. But that’s just the beginning. Take a quick trip through the green valley of sustainable lighting including best practices for lessening the environmental impact of your lighting designs.

About The Presenters:

Richard Cadena

Richard Cadena is the author of several books for the production professional, including Electricity for the Entertainment Electrician & Technician, Automated Lighting: The Art and Science of Moving Light, Lighting Design for Modern Houses of Worship, Focus on Lighting Technology. He is a 24 year veteran of the entertainment lighting industry and he has a background in electronics and electrical engineering.

His work experience includes stints with two of the world’s largest automated lighting manufacturers and he has designed lighting systems for tours, theatre, and permanent installations. He is also the technical editor for PLASA Media, an Authorized WYSIWYG Trainer, and freelance lighting designer. He is proficient in WYSIWYG, LD Assistant, and Vectorworks and he teaches classes in lighting, electricity, and control systems. His training seminars and webinars are renowned for their humor and creativity and are among the most popular in the industry.

James Bedell

James Bedell is a lighting designer based in New York City. Bedell has lit productions for Pace University, Off and Off-Off Broadway theater and dance companies, and has earned a SpotlightOn award for best lighting design.

Today Bedell is focused on lighting architectural spaces including corporate headquarters, restaurants and retail locations. He is the founder of Build2Sustain, a consultancy dedicated to making the business case for sustainable design in commercial spaces.

Bedell is the owner and principal designer of JPB Lighting.

James and Richard are awesome brains. You need to watch this webinar if for some reason you haven’t already!

Acting Green vs. Buying Green [Infographic]

I saw this great infographic over at Inhabitat, from a cool website called eLocal — the idea behind it is the idea of the difference between buying green and acting green.  It’s pretty clever, check it out!

After all of this time, I still kinda cringe that we call it “green.”  I feel like the reality of the situation should be enough to force people to think with a little bit more earthen responsibility, as “green” really refers to sustainability.  perhaps I’m a wee bit pessimistic about the whole thing, but the real idea behind branding the idea of sustainability as being “green” is to save the Earth.  She needs saving, folks.

Beware! The Blob

While not a 1970s scifi horror flick, Sunday Paper‘s spectacular short film Light is certainly haunting. For a fascinating and beautiful minute and a half short film, it certainly carries an elegiac note.



Just watch it!


Light from Sunday Paper on Vimeo.


Seeing Green

It’s time for a rant, isn’t it?


What Does “Green” Mean?

It’s not easy being “green.”  It’s something that is constantly beat into our heads day after day.  It is, however, very important that the world become “green” and buildings get “green” and lighting gets “green” and so on.

What is “green?”  What does it mean when a structure gets “greened” or something is “green compliant?”   What do “green consultants” do, and how do we flip our surroundings to live the “green life?”   We are lighting whole cities with LED sources, and we are adding solar powered lighting to streets, parks, highways, warehouses, malls, classrooms, emergency rooms, operating rooms, rooms at the Pentagon, in theatrical production, in signs and advertising, and in more places than is possible to list to bring them closer to being “green.”

Everything is “Green” Now, That’s What They Saaay

Calling everything “green” is very odd to me.  It is partially odd because by nature I kind of expect every person I meet to do all things with a modicum of respect and intelligence; it is also partially odd because I am always surprised that “green” everything isn’t the status quo, if you know what I mean.   I won’t go into a tirade about how “green” is a truly talented marketing ploy or anything like that – but I would think that, let’s say for example, if I was building a new house in a sunbelt area, that I would make a very high fraction of the whole if not all of that house’s power be some kind of sustainable energy.  The opposite of doing that is just building a house and relying on a failing system of power distribution because that’s what’s cheapest.  That’s pretty lame.

Does “green” mean making smart choices that benefit civilization and have no impact on the Earth?  Shouldn’t it?

I say call it what it is – that’s my issue with “green.”  The truth is the best idea, always – we can get over how much the truth might suck, but once we found out we got lied to, more trust is lost first.  I had a conversation with Vik Duggal and James Bedell at Konstructr back in the winter (which I still haven’t had time to edit, sorry guys), and Vik said something that I thought made perfect sense (pardon the paraphrasing, Vik): “We should be building structures that last for a thousand years – not that get repurposed after eight years and torn down after ten. Does this not make perfect sense?  Whether we can or can’t, why aren’t we trying?  Is it capitalism?  I guess my thoughts are more along the lines of Jacques Fresco with the resourced based economy idea and less with capitalism.  Maybe someday we’ll figure it out.  I am still amazed at how fast a CVS or Walgreens store can be constructed – in Denver over where our house was, they tore down a Walgreens store and are constructing a new one about 50 feet away from rubble of the first.

Glimpses of Progress

Seeing solar panels for sale and all of the required metering at Fry’s earlier today really positively shocked me, mostly because I build and maintain our home’s computers, and try to be very DIY.  They were still in the $160-$200 range for 80w (about $2.50 a watt), but everything seems to get cheaper as people realize they can get it anywhere.   My area of knowledge and skill happens to be light and lighting, and when I think of “green” something or other, it’s usually within that realm.  LED light is getting better all the time, fluorescent technology is constantly evolving, and light sources using plasma are getting into concert production, architecture, and art.  Even incandescent lamps are improving.  Granted it was because some politicians said they had to do it – but I’ll take that over nothing.

“Green lighting” and sustainability are concepts that should be linked to standard practices – we certainly want everything bigger, stronger, faster all the time – but this is the time to buckle down and make this happen.  Major technological bumps in the line graph of civilization are usually made at the precipice of a large problem that needs solved.  This is our time, and this is our problem.  From my angle, all people who deal with light should at least consider this problem every once in a while.  I feel like we need a strong motivator – fixing problems because they’re so profitable but leaving more important problems to become bigger problems because there’s no money to be made needs to stop.

If you think about how important it is to, you know, still continue to grow as a civilization and all – and then you compare it to how much politics and the Wall Street BS makes me want to puke in my mouth, I can only come up with one question: what are the billionaires and the oil money people going to do when we’re out of oil and we didn’t solve the problem first?  I bet it sucks counting your money in the dark.

The Most Relaxing Room In The World

Treehugger posted an article about “the most relaxing room in the world” – a space at the University of Herfortshire was created to help people relax – lit in heavy blues and greens, the room featured lavendar scented pillows, soft original music by Tim Blinko, and an artificial blue sky.  From the original article at Alpha Galileo:

“The pace of modern-day life, credit crunch, and financial crisis is making many people feel very stressed and so we have created this space to help them relax”, noted Professor Wiseman.

“Research suggests that the subdued green light enhances the production of dopamine in the brain and provide a calming sensation. In addition, the artificial blue sky helps create a mild form of sensory deprivation that will help them turn their attention inward and distract them away from daily stress.”

The Alpha Galileo article has a bunch of tips on busting stress.  Are you stressed out lately?

Efrain E. Velez’s KRANK

No, we’re not all going to be experimenting with illegal amphetamines in this post, we’re talking about Efrain E. Velez’s crank-powered lamp.  Krank, if you notice from the images, looks a heck of a lot like the old crank drills that my father has.  On a few cranks of the Krank crank crankable handle, you can power your Krank light for 40-60 minutes.  It’s also made form all recyclable aluminum parts.  This is truly a “green” fixture.  Krank.  Crank the Krank.

Ok, that’s enough of that.  It appears that we’ll be seeing these for sale in Spring of 2009.

Thanks Yanko Design for the article!

Chris Natt’s Intelligent Design

No wait, don’t freak, I’m not talking about that kind of intelligent design…

I’m talking about Chris Natt’s Stimuli 3.0, an environmentally reactive light source.  Three years in the making, this lighting device is designed to react to the surrounding environment, increasing illumination when needed – dusk, early morning, and decreasing when needed – sunrise, midday, etc.  At the heart of Chris’ system is a gear box that allows the device to change shape slightly, giving an additional alteration to the output.

Visit Chris’ site, he’s an innovative guy.