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The Daily Lamp – The GreenLight, from TOKEN NYC

Today’s Daily Lamp is the most innovative, creative application for a challenge I’ve seen in a light that incorporates nature as a design element — meet design studio TOKEN in New York City’s answer to the challenge, the GreenLight:

The GreenLight is a prescription product developed for the xdesign Environmental Health Clinic. The light is prescribed for Impatients* interested in changing their relationship to energy systems; improving indoor air-quality and developing experience with closed and coupled systems design–the chief strategies for improved environmental performance.

This lighting product diffuses light by coupling to photosynthetic processes. Planting strategies can be specified to address particular indoor air quality issues including VOC, benzene and formaldehyde removal.
Like other prescription products this product requires a clinic appointment to introduce the design parameters involved, and the novel issues involved in distributed power production.

GreenLight is even cool with a fish inside, which doesn’t really solve any problems, per se, but it might be cool to have a fish up around your face should you find the need to talk to your luminaires.  Sometimes people have long days, that’s all I’m saying.

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Also, check out more of studio TOKEN’s work on Behance, there’s is some great work – and they also do furniture!

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TOKEN also recently did a furniture install at the Koch Theater, check this out:

Thanks, Behance!

Umphrey’s McGee’s LD Jeff Waful is Someone to Watch

The jamband Umphrey’s McGee underwent a change in lighting designers in the last 9-10 months, from Adam Budney to Jeff Waful.  Adam has moved on to pursue other interests, and Jeff has taken on the task of lighting Umphrey’s.  Music mag Glide Magazine’s Hidden Track section posted some images of their performance at NYC’s Nokia Theatre a little while ago – I’m just catching up on a whole bunch of stuff after my month-long trip to Columbus – these shots are great.  I’d watch for Jeff Waful – his stuff is looking interesting.

Check out some images:

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Jason Eppink’s Pixelator – Turning Ads into Art

Vicki DaSilva turned me on to Jason Eppink’s ongoing unauthorized work, Pixelator.  I learned a few things from researching this project, as I often do – for one, NYC’s Metro Transit Authority is paying an estimated $274,000 per screen (on about 80 screens) across the city, located above subway entrances.  These screens blast ads and other media conglomerate events.  The cost of these billboard screens obviously decreases the amount of art that appears in these spaces – Jason’s project gives instructions on how to create a mock-screen-thing that turns these billboards into a series of 45 blinking, color shifting pixels.  You gotta check this out:

If you live in NYC or have visited NYC and seen one of these, post in the comments!  Check out Jason’s Pixellator site, too.

NYC’s Dept. of Transportation to Install LED Street Lamps

New York City’s Department of Transportation is working with the Office for Visual Interaction to create new LED efficient street lamps to replace all of the HPS and Mercury Vaopr lamps that exist currently.  The city’s cost savings and maintenance hours are all things that are under consideration, with the LEDs having an ultimately longer life than the HIDs in use today.

From the Office for Visual Interaction‘s website:

In 2004, an international design competition was launched to create a new standard streetlight for the City of New York. Our design was selected after a two-stage competition process, and will add to the City’s existing catalogue of fixtures to light streets, sidewalks, and parks within the city’s five boroughs.

In creating a streetlight that will become a new classic, we asked ourselves, “What is the light source of the future?” Hi-flux LEDs emerged as an outstanding solution. With their small size, low wattage, intensity, and extremely long life of over 50,000 hours, LEDs are preeminent as an energy efficient, minimal-maintenance source.

Rethinking the aesthetic potential of LED technology was a driving force for the streetlight’s elegant form. In contrast to the bulky cobra-heads associated with high-pressure sodium lamps, the streetlight takes on a slim, elongated profile enabled by the tiny size of its light source, which does not require a hefty decorative enclosure. Instead, the thin arc of the luminaire itself provides the necessary surface area for housing and cooling the LEDs. The revolutionary aesthetic of the streetlight is specifically derived from the requirements and possibilities of LED technology.

The actual lamps themselves are being designed by the Lighting Science Group.  From the article in the NYT:

The bulbs themselves for this $1.175 million contract are being designed by Lighting Science Group and the company expects that for each pole and light source that is replaced, the payback period for the city will be two to three years. Not only will the city reduce its power usage 25 to 30 percent, but the bulbs will last 50,000 to 70,000 hours. Today’s sodium lamps are rated at 24,000 hours, which means at that point half of them are dead. The L.E.D. life rating actually means that the bulb will drop below 70 percent of its original brightness after 50,000 hours or so.

New Yorkers shouldn’t get too excited yet – the pilot project is going to replace six poles.  Just six.  Let’s hope this catches on!