Everyone knows the places well. They are the comforting light that is barely visible along the long, dark and lonely highway. Quick shop, neighborhood grocery or convenience store, whatever the name, we all know what they mean. Whether it’s candy bars, cigarettes, or a tank of gas and a good cup of joe, the good old quickie mart is there to grant your every wish—24 hours a day, 7 days a week, holidays and hurricanes too.
The Stockholm Concert Hall, or Konserthuset, is home to the annual Nobel Prize ceremonies and was born from a labor of love. It was completed in 1926 thanks to the efforts of members and supporters of the Stockholm Concert Society as a home for the wonderful music they created. This architectural wonder is one of the world’s best examples of the neoclassical style. Its ten massive Corinthian columns and works from artists like Carl Milles, Isaac Grunewald and Edwald Dahlskog are the perfect backdrop for the most formal of special occasions. Continue reading
Birmingham Children’s Hospital recently opened its new state-of-the-art kidney wing, and the star of the show was the new Imagination Light Canvas, created with lighting equipment by Philips Electronics. The canvas was part of The King’s Fund’s “Enhancing the Healing Environment” program. This program was developed with the thinking that a better hospital environment would help patients to feel better throughout the healing process and even get better faster.
A dark house can not only be spooky, but also dangerous. It is easy to make poor judgment calls, like missing steps, running into objects, and the dreaded toilet bowl tumble— when you sit on a seat that has been left up. Fortunately, there are many LED lighting solutions that can make your home a safer and less frightening place when the lights are out.
Some of us resist the switch to efficient lighting, even some who embraced the compact fluorescent, just can’t seem to accept LED lighting around the house.
On the fringes of Islamabad, Pakistan, live thousands of migratory families that struggle to survive each and every day. These families fight so hard to make a living that many of their children are denied a basic education, which continues the cycle of poverty for generations. The non-profit organization JAQ Education Trust exists to stop this sad cycle and provide these kids with opportunities to improve their own lives and hopefully break the cycle once and for all. Their informal schools, known as Pelhi Kiran or “The First Ray of Light,” bring school to them in a way that fits into their unusual lifestyle. The schools are open when the children can attend around their work and family duties, and they even relocate when the community does.
The town of Richmond Heights, Ohio, has a little more than 10,000 residents and a whole lot of financial problems. Luckily, Richmond Heights also has the solution to their troubles with LED lights. A solution that will save money they don’t have and increase public safety at the same time.
In 2012, the city’s bill for street and traffic lighting was over $118,000, and they were forced to come up with creative ways to save money. They tasked Police Chief Gene Rowe with the duty of personally turning off every other traffic light in town in an attempt to achieve some of the savings they needed. The chief systematically shut down the lights in a pattern of one on, one off throughout the small town. A total of 54 of the 122 traffic signals were turned off in this move to save money, which is a traffic nuisance and public safety danger to say the least. The total savings of the move amounted to a mere $26,000, leaving lots of fat to cut in the budget still.
Two areas of the home that account for most of the decorating expenditures and most of the design headaches that homeowners find themselves facing are the kitchen and the bathroom. These are formidable locations that anyone would rather ignore than deal with. Maybe that is about to change, thanks to new and innovative ways that LED lighting is being used to upgrade and update kitchens and baths around the planet. Forget about utilitarian under-cabinet lighting and overhead task lighting. We are talking about pure and simple fun, fashionable lighting. Making it all look good is the whole story this time, and the only way to achieve these fantastic new looks is with LED lighting solutions.