- rely on caffeine to get you through the day?
- sleep longer on the weekend than on weeknights?
- pull the occasional all-nighter?
Circadian lighting—lighting that changes color to promote sleep at night and energy during the day—is the future. There is significant evidence that blue light is necessary during the day and undesirable at night.
But until very recently, circadian lighting was extremely expensive and difficult to set up.
I promise this article will be really fun and informative if you actually read it.
In late 2017, an opportunity presented itself to light a window display in Rockefeller Center in New York City, right around the corner from the annual holiday tree and ice skating rink.
The display, made entirely of chocolate, is a scale replica of Rockefeller Center: the tree in front of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, an ice skater, the Prometheus statue, and numerous international flags. Two experts in the world of chocolate worked together to build the base display.
I worked for the Experience Design Studio to design and implement the lighting experience.
Remember the days of film photography, when different choices would give you a different color profile? Like Kodachrome vs. Ektachrome.
Personally, I don’t remember this. But I did learn about it on YouTube.
Soon, you might use similar descriptors when you buy lighting. Or at least you’ll be able to understand how lighting makes you look, and how it makes your environment look.
Say you want to emphasize the red hues in your mid-century walnut veneer credenza. Or you want that navy blue accent wall to pop. Maybe you just want to make sure skin tones are stunning in the bedroom.
Shopping for lighting used to be pretty easy. For most bulbs, you only needed to know the physical shape and the wattage. For something more exotic, you could bring your old bulb to the store and match it with something on the shelf.
It’s very easy to purchase the wrong bulb — and end up dissatisfied.
Today, light bulb shopping is a convoluted mess. The wattage is no longer tied to how bright the bulb is. There are a bunch of new terms, like Kelvin, CRI, and lumens. It’s very easy to purchase the wrong bulb — and end up dissatisfied.
I work in lighting. Many people ask me “what LED light bulb should I buy?” Indeed, visiting Home Depot or even Amazon is a recipe for confusion.
I find it frustrating when I see multiple types of bulbs (LED, fluorescent, incandescent) in the same room, especially when they are a different color. I’m sure others are not happy with their lighting purchases.
Edison’s commercialization of the electric light bulb quite literally changed the world. His technology helped enable the power grid, modern transportation, and ultimately the lifestyles we enjoy today. Lighting improved gradually over the last century until the recent mass adoption of LEDs.
I’ve been cross-posting on this domain and on Medium for a bit. For blogging, I prefer Medium’s super-clean design, it-just-works writing interface, and social features over WordPress.
I’ve already posted two updates that don’t have a copy here:
See all my posts on Medium.
Soon, I’ll figure out how to seamlessly integrate this site with Medium.