iilluminati: Sam Koerbel, Lytei

iilluminati: Sam Koerbel, Lytei

What inspired you to pursue a career in lighting?I was always fascinated with what light could do. It started in the theater, mixing a bank of sliders to convey a particular emotion on stage. I think…

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iilluminati: Andy Powell

iilluminati: Andy Powell

As vice president of Lighting Design Alliance in Long Beach, California, Andy Powell brings more than 32 years of lighting design and electrical engineering experience to his client’s projects. The…

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Toolbox: 9 Tips for Illuminating Hotel Rooms

Toolbox: 9 Tips for Illuminating Hotel Rooms

First impressions matter, especially in the hospitality industry. Hotel guests expect a top-notch experience from the moment they check in to the moment they check out. Beyond superior customer service, many guests place utmost importance on the comfort, quality, and design of their rooms. Light plays a critical role in elevating all three of these elements. A thoughtful lighting design is just as essential as plush beds and five-star amenities. Paying close attention to fixture finishes and light switch locations, for example, can transform hotel rooms into stylish yet functional escapes guests look forward to visiting time and time again. Read Lynne Hickin’s piece for Hotel Designs below to learn how to enhance the guest experience with light in any hotel room.…

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iilluminati: Chip Israel

iilluminati: Chip Israel

Some people spend their entire lives searching for the light. For others, the light finds them. Chip Israel falls into the latter category. He enjoyed drawing, designing and building things as a child, whether creating houses with Legos or building go-karts out of wagons. Brilliant colors emanating from stained glass, lightning storms, sunrises and sunsets also captured his eye during his formative years. It wasn’t until his third year of studying architectural engineering in college, however, that he discovered his true calling: lighting design.…

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iilluminati: Photographer Mike Poggioli

iilluminati: Photographer Mike Poggioli

Photographer Mike Poggioli captures the magic of golden hour and its transformative qualities everywhere he goes. Take a look at his Instagram feed, for example, and you’ll experience a range of urban and natural landscapes at sunrise and sunset. One element remains constant, however, as he photographs glittering skyscrapers or tree-filled mountaintops. Every photo emanates a warm, orange glow conveying light’s power to alter perceptions of time and space. We had the opportunity to speak with Poggioli and learn more about his renowned photography techniques, subject inspirations and philosophies around natural lighting. Continue reading to discover his unique approach to conveying light’s magical properties in the urban core and beyond.…

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Toolbox: Rachael Stoner

Toolbox: Rachael Stoner

The smallest details can make or break a guest’s experience in hotels, restaurants, casinos and other hospitality spaces. These details can also impact hospitality management teams and their ability to run smooth, effective operations. Seasoned lighting designers ask a variety of questions to understand these nuances, allowing them to create the perfect ambience for guests and clients alike. What emotions should guests feel when they enter and spend time in a space? What lighting approaches should be implemented to support clients and their operations?…

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Leading With Light: LEDs Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Program Recognizes Mason Barker

Leading With Light: LEDs Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Program Recognizes Mason Barker

LEDs Magazine recognized Mason Barker, vice president of product development at Luminii, in its inaugural 40 Under 40 Awards. The program celebrates some of the industry’s brightest young professionals as they advance LED technologies and SSL applications around the globe. Barker’s passion for light inspires his team to push boundaries and develop groundbreaking LED technologies. He has also helped clients bring their visions to life throughout every stage of his career, from lighting designer to co-founder and co-owner of an LED lighting manufacturing firm. Now at Luminii, he continues revolutionizing LED technologies, streamlining supply chains and challenging us to look at light from different perspectives.…

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Spaces: Art Climb

Spaces: Art Climb

Spaces: Art Climb Traditionally, museums have drawn crowds with indoor exhibits showcasing world-renowned paintings and sculptures. The Cincinnati Art Museum, however, embraced an opportunity to…

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iilluminati: Rachael Stoner, Lighting Designer

iilluminati: Rachael Stoner, Lighting Designer

Rachael Stoner follows the light in every sense of the phrase. Throughout her eight-year career in lighting design, Stoner has traveled from coast to coast to hone and share her talents with the world. After earning a bachelor’s degree in architecture, she interned at an architectural lighting firm in New York City. She eventually switched firms and experienced everything the fast-paced metropolis has to offer a rising star in the field.…

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Opinion: The Lighting Industry Needs an Efficiency Revolution, by Michael Kershner, Lighting Designer

Opinion: The Lighting Industry Needs an Efficiency Revolution, by Michael Kershner, Lighting Designer

All sectors of the lighting industry must come together and embrace innovation in order to survive today’s business climate, according to Michael Kershner. As the founder and principal of Innovating Lighting Consultants (ILC), a lighting design and procurement firm based in Denver, Colorado, Kershner recognizes expansion opportunities for lighting designers, specifiers and manufacturers alike.…

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