Zumtobel DISCUS Evolution LED spotlight system

DISCUS Evolution is an alternative to HIT systems with up to 42 W and halogen systems with up to 100 W


Can Can and Mini Can Can by Marcel Wanders


Designed by Antonio Citterio with Toan Nguyen


Successfull Living by Diesel Foscarini. Enamorate de esta colección.


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jueves, 28 de abril de 2011

Controlling LEDs Part 4 - Five questions when trying to dim an LED product?

Before you commit yourself or your customer to investing in LED technology you need to understand its limitations, especially when it comes to dimming control compatibility. Many LED luminaire manufacturers are new to the lighting industry and are not familiar with the multitude of control types and the corresponding product design requirements that accompany them. This has resulted in “dimmable” products that do not work as claimed, that never turn off completely, or that flicker. These are major problems that need to be addressed so that consumers do not associate all LEDs with poor performance and become averse to using them. High-performing LED products do exist, but you need to ask the right questions to make sure you have chosen one of those products appropriately.

Answering the following five questions will allow you to align your expectations with the potential
performance of your selected LED dimming system.

  1. What type of LED product am I using: an LED lamp or LED fixture?
  2. What is the dimming range of the product?
  3. What is the dimming performance of the product?
  4. What is the minimum or maximum number of fixtures/lamps that can be connected to one dimmer?
  5. On what type of control does the LED product operate?
The following articles detail what you need to know to answer these questions.

Stay tuned...

Extracted from "Controlling LEDs" Copyright 01/2011 Lutron Electronics Co. Inc. P/N 367-2035 REV. B

domingo, 24 de abril de 2011

Un edificio de “energía positiva”

“De Bonne Energie” es una construcción de Grenoble, Francia, cuya particularidad es la de ser un edificio de “energía positiva”, es decir, que produce más energía de la que consume.

Este edificio de 1.600 m2 alberga oficinas que poseen una demanda de energía menor que la producción de sus placas fotovoltaicas.
Se utilizaron dos “claves” para lograr esta maravilla: Reducción de la necesidad de energía y generación energética mediante placas fotovoltaicas.

sábado, 23 de abril de 2011

Controlling LEDs Part 3 - Why Dim LEDs?

Similar to fluorescent, incandescent and other conventional light sources, dimming LEDs saves energy at a roughly 1:1 ratio. This means that if you dim LEDs down to 50% of their light output you will save nearly 50% of your energy usage. So not only do you save by using a more efficient source, you save even more energy by dimming LEDs.

Dimming LEDs also makes them run cooler, which should extend the life of the electronic components of the driver, as well as the phosphor on the LEDs. This will extend their life, doubling or tripling the LEDs lumen maintenance. Research is ongoing to better quantify the relationship of dimming LEDs and lifetime extension.

Dimming any lamp, be it incandescent, CFL or LED enhances ambiance, so whether you are in a restaurant, theater or presentation space, you can create the environment that the lighting designer intended.

Dimming offers many other benefits, including:

  • Space Flexibility 
    • Dimming control systems provide for space flexibility so that what may be an office space today could easily be converted into a call center tomorrow, or a gymnasium can be used as a theater or cafeteria just by adjusting the control of your lighting. Your home and your workplace should be designed to complement your needs. As your needs change throughout the day, your lighting should adapt as well; bright to read a book, but dim for computer use. Whether you are at home or at work, lighting control can create a comfortable atmosphere to support your activities throughout the day.
  • Enhanced Safety 
    • Lighting controls can enhance the safety and security of your home. You can control both interior and exterior lights from the car as you approach your driveway to ensure optimal visibility and can even connect to security systems to turn on lights in case of an emergency.
  • Increased Productivity 
    • Lighting control also increases productivity allowing the user to select the level he/she needs to reduce eye strain and fatigue so that they can work at peak performance for more of the day, or so students can concentrate better and learn more at home or at school. 

jueves, 21 de abril de 2011

Controlling LEDs Part 2 - Advantages and Limitations of LEDs for General Illumination

LEDs Advantages for General Illumination
  • High Efficacy (Lumens per Watt) LED-based lighting fixtures can achieve efficacies ranging from 25 LPW to over 80 LPW, compared to an incandescent efficacy of 5-10 LPW.
  • Longevity LEDs can achieve useful lifetimes ranging from 25,000 hours to up to 100,000 hours, compared to ~1000 hours for an incandescent. 
  • LEDs do not contain hazardous materials as compared to mercury vapor in CFLi bulbs.

LEDs Limitations for General Illumination

  • Higher cost High Brightness LEDs, necessary for general illumination, are expensive. They also require electronic drivers to convert conventional AC voltage to discrete DC voltages for the LED arrays.
  • Limited Applications Due to the relatively young technology and timeline for wide acceptance, LED-based lighting fixtures are not always available for every application or aesthetic requirement. 
  • Controls compatibility Due to the wide range of LED-based lighting product types, not all LED lamps are dimmable, and the ones that can be dimmed may be limited in dimming performance and system compatibility. 

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miércoles, 20 de abril de 2011

Controlling LEDs Part 1

Ten years ago, many people didn’t even know what an LED was. Today, they’re the new hot item on the shelves – and everyone wants to use them. Often, designers do not know how to control LEDs or they have had negative experiences working with them. This articles will provide a brief overview of what an LED is and how to use LEDs for general illumination applications and the advantages and limitations of doing so. It will also go into detail about why you should consider dimming LEDs and what questions need to be answered in order to dim LEDs properly to meet your expectations. The overall goal of this article is to make you more comfortable with using LEDs
on your projects.

What is an LED?

A Light Emitting Diode (LED) is an electronic device that produces light when an electrical current is passed through it. The wavelength (or color) of light that is emitted is dependent on the materials from which the LED is made. LEDs are available in many colors, including red, blue, amber, green, and near-UV colors, with lumen outputs ranging from 10 lumens to 200 lumens. The LEDs used predominantly in general illumination applications are “Phosphor Converted Blue” LEDs, which are blue LEDs that have a layer of yellow phosphor placed over the LED. The phosphor absorbs some of the blue light, and emits yellow light. When the unabsorbed blue light mixes with the yellow light it creates what your eye perceives as “white” light.


From Controlling_LEDs by LUTRON

sábado, 16 de abril de 2011


There is little question that lighting has a direct impact on energy consumption. There is also little argument that lighting fundamentally changes a space. Lighting is elemental to how we live and the spaces we occupy everyday. The rules of the game and the expectations for what light does are changing rapidly. By now everyone has heard that the future of lighting will be the LED and most educated consumers understand that the end is near for the incandescent light bulb. The lighting industry, specifically those who build light bulbs and fixtures are seizing the opportunity to bring new products to market. The news media and politicians are there to spread misinformation about the future of lighting. 
What's missing from the conversation is a mediator. Someone who can stand between the claims of product manufacturers, the limited information provided by the news media, politicians and the big box stores to provide lighting advice. Not everyone can afford the services of a lighting designer, and I understand that. But where is our voice in the public sphere to help educate the public about an industry that is so rapidly changing? The only lighting designer that is ever quoted on say, the incandescent phase-out, is Howard Brandston who is opposed to it and helping fight for the law's repeal. 
Where are the designers who want to help the general public not only understand the regulations, but simply understand the importance of good lighting in their daily lives? This is a moment the lighting design community should be seizing as a voice for the future of industry, speaking directly to the public. This is the only way we can make our influence known felt, and more over, the only way we can hope to inspire good lighting, not just for the tiny sliver of clients we can service, but also for the broader public. 
If you a lighting designer who blogs regularly, post your link in the comment section below and I'll do my best to spread your content. I want to see a vibrant public discussion of lighting from designers all over the globe. Let's make the world a little be better by helping share ways to create beautiful, sustainable lighting.

Posted by James Bedell at http://jamesbedell.com/the-muted-voice-of-lighting-designers

lunes, 11 de abril de 2011

Manipulating Light to Shape Experience and Perception

"To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's aim." - Oscar Wilde

Glen Shrum of Architectural Lighting Magazine recently posted a great article“Light Art Matters: A Closer Look at the Ideas Behind the Work”. The author highlights two fundamentally different schools of thought for light artists – those who conceal lighting systems and those who reveal them.

lunes, 4 de abril de 2011

La iluminación más sostenible es la luz del sol

La iluminación más sostenible es la luz del sol

26 de marzo de 2011

La UPC School organiza la conferencia del Lighting Designer Kevan Shawn sobre sostenibilidad e iluminación. Kevan Shaw: “La iluminación más sostenible es la luz del sol”.
¿Estamos preparados para asumir los cambios que supone adoptar una iluminación sostenible? Esta es la pregunta que planteó Kevan Shaw, prestigioso lighting designer y fundador del estudio Kevan Shaw Lighting Design (KSLD), en la conferencia que con el título "Lighting Sustainability as a Design Goal”, ofreció dentro del ciclo Lighting Design que organiza la UPC School con la colaboración de Artemide, empresa líder del sector de la iluminación. En su charla analizó las estrategias necesarias para conseguir la eficiencia energética en el campo de la iluminación de espacios arquitectónicos.

domingo, 3 de abril de 2011

WorkShop Osram - Sea parte de la iluminación del Futuro

Osram LogoImage via Wikipedia
Como parte del programa de educacón y capacitación interna de Darko, el pasado 29 de marzo varios integrantes de Darko participamos del Workshop realizado por OSRAM titulado "Sea parte de la iluminación del futuro".

Durante todo el día el Workshop nos permitió conocer los productos existentes, muchos productos nuevos y entender ventajas y diferencias entre cada producto. 

Desde lámparas tradicionales, lamparas de descarga y leds hasta sistemas inteligentes de iluminación y tecnologías avanzadas aplicadas a la iluminación y eventos. Se cubrió un amplio espectro de temas que seguramente nos permitira seguir asesorando de la mejor forma posible a quienes confían en nosotros.

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DarkoLighting fue proveedor de las nuevas instalaciones de Thomsons Reuters en Argentina.

DarkoLighting fue proveedor de las nuevas instalaciones de Thomsons Reuters en Argentina.

Nuevamente otra grán compania internacional confío en Darkolighting el suministro de sus instalaciones. 

El proyecto, unos  2000m2 destinados a la división de Mercados de Thomson Reuters en Argentina, incluyó el suministro de luminarias de caracteristicas varias y LEDS así como la instalación y puesta en marcha de un sistema de control HELVAR utilizando protocolos DALI para el control inteligente de la iluminación de toda la planta. 

La división Mercados de Thomson Reuters, recientemente abrió en Buenos Aires, Argentina un Centro Global de Comando para las Operaciones de Tecnología. Esta oficina en Buenos Aires juega un rol crecientemente importante y estratégico para el negocio, ayudándo consistentemente a brindar servicios de manera global.