The Daily Lamp – HullOled from TSG Essempio, OLED by Philips

This is a Daily Lamp that really kinda blows my mind!


Meet the HullOled from TSG Essempio, a Dutch firm that just totally blew my mind with their awesome design for an OLED chandelier of sorts, all based on the skeleton of a ship’s hull!  This thing is great:


The HullOled is sporting ten of Philips’ LumiBlade OLED panels, which, in this configuration, are just unbelievably cool!  Not that they’re not awesome on their own, but this design is just stunning.





My favorite Daily Lamp so far this week!

Thanks, Yanko!

Philips, Strand, and Vari*Lite at LDI 2012

Philips/Strand/Vari*Lite (so many names!) always has some serious presence over the last five or six trade shows I’ve done, from LDI to ProLight + Sound in Frankfurt. Their booth always looks wicked cool, and I’m always happy to post pictures of what my buddy Brad Schiller is coming up with nowadays. It’s amazing to see where the industry is heading, and it’s always formatted by the guys out there like Brad.

Check out some awesome shots from Philips at LDI 2012!

You can also check out all of the images via the Gallery Method!

Yantouch Jellyfish Lamp

It’s been a while since I posted about cool lamps, hasn’t it…

My wife sent me this lamp actually, from a colleague of hers at RD2 – meet the Yantouch Jellyfish:

This lamp seems to be mainly an ambiance lamp – a color changing LED source illuminates the inside, and the rear of the fixture has one “tentacle thing” that keeps the lamp tilted up.  You can either have the top of the lamp on, the underside of the lamp on, or both together from what I have read about the lamp.  The user can choose the color  saturation and intensity, have a random speed random color roll, or just have it sit pretty on the table.  In a way, it reminds me of Willem van der Sluis‘ design for the Philips Living Color lamp.

The Yantouch Jellyfish is the brainchild of Hsiao-pin Lin and Ken Ouyang.  Interesting piece!







You have to check out the Yantouch Jellyfish website too – they have a color picker interface that shows some light emanating from the rear of the lamp:


Thanks Robbie and TechnaBob!

Peace Bridge and All of Its Glorious LEDs


Philips Lighting and a federal agency called the Transportation Enhancement Program have teamed up to light the Peace Bridge with LEDs – it’s the bridge that connects Buffalo and Fort Erie, Ontario. The TEP is a part of the Federal Highway Authority.

Check out this video – it’s a bit fast for really getting a feel for the lighting orchestration of the bridge, but something is better than nothing, right?  The Philips press release is below the video:

Buffalo, NY, USA and Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada – Proving that city landmarks and structures needn’t go dark to be energy conscious, the Peace Bridge has undergone a 21st century transformation made possible by advanced light emitting diode (LED) technology.

The $1.2 million project was funded by the federal government’s Transportation Enhancement Program, with support from the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority.

Formerly lit by metal halide floodlights that had fallen into disrepair, the 3,580-foot bridge is now illuminated by nearly 700 tri-color LED lighting fixtures – each capable of digital control to produce millions of colors and dynamic sequences. Unlike conventional light sources, they don’t require maintenance-intensive gels, filters or color scrollers to customize the bridge’s appearance on the fly for special events and holidays. More importantly, the entire LED installation will consume just one third the energy of the previous system – reinvigorating the signature bridge in a smart and sustainable way.

“At the turn of the last century Buffalo was known as the ‘City of Light,’ recognizing its status as one of the first cities to be illuminated by hydro-electric power. The Peace Bridge Authority is pleased that over 100 years later we can deliver a project that builds on this heritage, utilizing state of the art technology and energy efficiency,” said Ken Schoetz, Vice Chairman of the Peace Bridge Authority.

“The interplay of light with a signature landmark serves much more than decorative purpose. It should reinforce the form, content and volume of the object as well as reveal the essential character and nature of the architecture,” said Paul Boken, Senior Lighting Designer at Mulvey & Banani International. “For the Peace Bridge, LED technology allowed us to transform a static monument into a vibrant, ever-changing form – all while meeting budget requirements and the need for sustainability, security and versatility.”

“We’re thrilled to bring the extraordinary impact of LED lighting to this important landmark, demonstrating that energy-saving lighting upgrades can be both practical and visually spectacular at the same time,” said Jeff Cassis, CEO of Philips Color Kinetics. “This installation perfectly exemplifies the large-scale exterior applications that LED technology now allows – enabling the use of vibrant color where it was previously impractical, while simultaneously alleviating energy and maintenance concerns.”

In addition to their aesthetic versatility, LED systems are highly durable and therefore well suited for difficult-to-access and vibration-prone environments, such as bridges. For the Peace Bridge installation, a combination of ColorBlast® Powercore and ColorReach Powercore was specified – the former illuminating the deck of the bridge and structure below, and the latter applied to illuminate the bridge’s arches.

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Osaka’s Lumiled Street Lighting


What do Osaka, Japan and Philips Lumileds have in common?  Well, right now in Osaka there is an installation of street lights that use LUXEON power LEDs.  The installation is saving about 88% of the energy consumption of other HIDs in the area.  60,000 hours and 30 lux at 4.5 meters – have you used any Luminleds?  Post in the comments!

From a press release for the project:

New Osaka Street Lamps Lit by LUXEON® Power LEDs

San Jose, CA and Osaka, Japan – Philips Lumileds today announced the installation of the first street lights using LUXEON power LEDs in Osaka Prefecture in Japan, reflecting the emergence of solid-state lighting as an energy-efficient alternative to street lamps using standard light sources. The fixtures, developed by Osaka-based Three Force, are contributing to an overall savings of 88% in electricity bills over the older high-pressure mercury lamps used elsewhere in the region.

“Our new street lamps in Osaka are saving a tremendous amount of energy and pedestrians really enjoy the quality of light that we get from the LUXEON LEDs,” said Mr. Kazuaki Ueshima, CEO & President, from Three Force.

Each of the LED-based street lamps installed at a park on the Kizu River utilizes 36 cool white LUXEON LEDs. The LED array generates 30 lux at a pole height of 4.5 meters, comparable to the brightness of mercury lamps, while using just 25 W of power per fixture.  Future Lighting Solutions worked with Three Force to ensure that system design and bin selection enabled Three Force to meet the solution specifications.

In addition to energy savings, LUXEON LEDs offer a 60,000-hour lifetime that is 5 to 10 times longer than mercury vapor, mercury-free construction, and the ability to achieve uniform light distribution with minimal glare in street lamp applications because of the greater control over light direction made possible by LUXEON’s small form factor. Light can be precisely targeted through LED placement and optics optimization.

“This initial installation in Osaka Prefecture is part of an emerging movement to bring LED illumination to streets and sidewalks. We are seeing growing interest in solid-state street lamps from partners and cities around the globe and certainly here in Japan” said Norihide Yamada, General Manager, Japan for Philips Lumileds. “Municipalities are familiar with the energy and maintenance benefits of LEDs, and street lighting promises to be the next big wave of LED adoption at the municipal level.”