Now with Colorado Flavor!

Jim On Light has moved to Colorado. Expect to see some mountain view images on here from time to time… One of my goals in life is to get my own shot of those gorgeous hidden mountain peaks and green valleys I grew up seeing in my childhood. Realizing those kinds of things is awesome.

For those of you touring folk and Wii fans, I’m giving away a 2000-point Wii card on my Wii fan blog. We never had a Wii on our Prevost, but we always had a PS2. How many of the touring lighting family have Wiis onboard?

Home Depot and the CFL Recycling Dilemma

Most lighting professionals know the dangers of compact fluorescent lamps after their useful lives – mercury remaining in the lamp can leak in landfills and leave a lasting and permanent mar on the earth.  In order to help combat this unfortunate aspect of an energy-saving light source, Home Depot has started a recycling program for CFL’s at all 1,973 of their stores in the US, creating the largest and most widespread recycling program for CFL’s to date.

From a lighting designer’s point of view, it’s great to save energy (and $$$) by using CFL’s, but they’re definitely not the prettiest source available for the home.  Nowadays I guess it might be fashionable to surpass cost for beauty – but I work in an industry that consumes electricity like electricians consume beers, so beauty is often the more important aspect of a light source.  Don’t get me wrong, the usefulness of CFL’s can help the average household can save between $12 and $20 per month by switching to CFL’s.

Check out the excellent article from the New York Times on Home Depot’s program here.

Home Depot’s EcoOptions page is here, check it out!

Also, last but not least, go read this ridiculously awesome article by Routing By Rumor on compact fluorescent lamps.

Canada’s Solar Collector

Inhabitat posted an article about Canada’s Solar Collector, designed by Gorbet Designs. The Solar Collector is a large solar art installation that collects solar energy and simple we-based controls during the day, and collaborates them into a light show. Check out the great article at Inhabitat.

The Set Lighting Technician’s Handbook

A student asked me a few months ago to give a reference on a good, all-inclusive book about being a stage electrician.  I thought about it for a while, trying to rack my brain about which text would give a wide variety of thorough information regarding distribution, practices, etc – but still giving a good breadth of knowledge about the craft and art of what lighting technicians do.  Nothing beats hands-on education in our industry, especially with a field as highly specialized as ours.

After several texts’ worth of information, I finally decided on the Set Lighting Technician’s Handbook.  This is a text geared towards film and television lighting production, but the information on electrical distribution and practices in this book are second to none.  From phasing to fixtures, source types, histories, uses, practices – this is a great book if you’re looking to get into the lighting industry.

Check it out.  It’s a great book for reference or just plain education.