NYT Talks Lighting Design, But Not With Lighting Designers

Sometimes the New York Times is oblivious and yesterday was one of them.  In an article titled Lighting a Room, Simplified the author wrote about the importance of lighting in the home.  In preparing the article, she spoke to and quoted four interior designers, one fixture manufacturers and  one professional lighting designer.  In addition, all eight of the photos in the article are taken during the day, so they're nice illustrations of the use of windows and daylight in residential interiors but terrible illustrations of electric lighting, which is the topic of the article.  They seem to  be marketing photos for particular lighting fixtures, not examples of good lighting.

Fixture Cost Frustration

At a project meeting yesterday a client expressed frustration with the caveats we place at the end of our lighting fixture budget. Why can’t we give the client a simple, accurate budget estimate?  

IES Releases Ready Reference App

For many years the IES Ready Reference was on the desk of every lighting designer, and we were all baffled when they stopped publishing it.  Great news, it's back!  This time as an app for your phone or tablet that's available in the Apple App Store and Google Play.  According to the IES, the app  provides:  
  • Core lighting knowledge, including values from illuminance tables
  • General knowledge information, assembled from The Lighting Handbook, 10th Edition and IES standards
  • Simple calculators for quick and easy basic lighting and energy and economic calculations
  • A search feature allowing you to find the information you want

Download it from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Congratulations Ed McCarthy!

Our own Ed McCarthy has received his third Emmy nomination!  Ed was part of the lighting team for the 71st Annual Tony Awards.  The team's work has been nominated for Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special.  Ed's previous nominations were for lighting of the Tony Awards in 2017 and 2014.  Congratulations, Ed!

International Day of Light 2018

Today, May 16th, is the International Day of Light 2018.  It began in 2015 when the U.N. declared  The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies.  Today, the International Day of Light is

David Zinn's SpongeBob Costumes

Our friend and classmate David Zinn designed the costumes and scenery for "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical."  David's designs have been nominated for Tony Awards, and his costumes were profiled in Friday's New York Times.  Congratulations David!

Save EU Stage Lighting

The following is quoted from the April 20, 2018 issue of ESTA Standards Watch.

EU Proposes Ban on Incandescent Lamps in Theatres

The Stage reported yesterday that "The European Union is considering banning tungsten halogen lamps in entertainment lighting, due to environmental concerns over their energy inefficiency."  There are so many reasons this is hopelessly misguided.  Let me list a few.

Target Margin Grand Opening

The grand opening of Target Margin Theater's new Lenore Doxsee Theatre (theatre consulting by Studio T+L) is this weekend.  Here's a brief notice from the New York Times.  Here's the link to Target Margin's web site.

International Code of Practice for Entertainment Rigging Now Available

ESTA and PLASA have announce the release of an International Code of Practice for Entertainment Rigging (ICOPER).  The document, which is an outline of actions to be taken at each stage of rigging, from pre-design through removal from the venue,  is available as a free download at www.esta.org/icoper or www.plasa.org/icoper.  ICOPER was created to promote awareness and safety worldwide by providing a model sequence of considerations and actions.  The focus is on arena rigging, however it is applicable to all event production rigging disciplines. Regulations and standards differ around the world, so ICOPER is not prescriptive. However, it provides a series of guidelines that, if followed, are expected to produce predictable results and enhance safe practice.

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