Lighting in the News August 2016
New LED Sculpture “Lights Up” Dallas Cowboys’ Headquarters
Cowboys Stadium visitors can now be dazzled daily with New York artist, Leo Villareal’s 19,200 white LED light installation. Officially called Volume, it mirrors 160 stainless rods hanging from the entrance of the $1.5 billion, 91 acre headquarters in Frisco, Texas.Villareal primarily uses LEDs in his installations. He has recently received wide acclaim for The Bay of Lights, which shines from dusk till dawn on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, a design that uses 25,000 LEDs. For this latest piece, Villareal has created a computer program to control the lights which have over 225 levels of brightness set to illuminate 24 hours a day.
2 Million Jobs Created Thanks to Solar Powered LEDs
Developing countries across the world are now converting to solar-LED lighting which has the potential to create over 2 million new jobs. Throughout the world, particularly in Africa and Asia, as many as 274 million homes rely on dirty fuels to provide electricity. Berkeley study and lab researcher, Evan Mills recently conducted research on job creation and energy savings through transitioning to modern off-grid lighting. During his investigation, Mills discovered that approximately 38 new jobs are being created from solar powered LED lighting technology for every 10,000 people living off the grid.
Atlas Global Solutions Cuts Energy Costs By 75% with Smart LED Lights
An international packaging company, Atlas Global Solutions reduced their energy costs by 75% and increased productivity by 20% using Smart LED lighting. The new lighting system allowed Atlas to track activity and workflow, as well as set ideal times to administer light throughout their facilities. Atlas upgraded both their 3-year-old and 15-year-old manufacturing locations around the same time with LED lighting fixtures and modular sensors all of which connect wirelessly to energy management software. Atlas is expecting to see an energy cost reduction of $34,000 in their 15-year-old facility this year.
Refracted Light by Artist Stephen Knapp
For over thirty years, artist Stephen Knapp has produced awe striking masterpieces without paint, computers, or sketching but with the use of light and dichroic glass. “The fact that what I create can just be done with light, that there is no paint on these panels, is absolutely astounding to people. What I am trying to do most of all here is challenge any traditional notion of perception. What is it? Is it real? Is it not real? Does it matter?” Knapp explains. You can see Knapp’s incredible solo exhibition now through August 27, 2016 at the Pensacola Museum of Art in Florida.