Category Archives: Tools of the Trade

Another Sketchup & Kerkythea Image

Here is another example of the power of Google Sketchup Pro 6 and Kerkythea as it pertains to lighting. This is an concept OEM LED Undercabinet lighting fixture that my company, International Light Technologies is manufacturing for a customer (the … Continue reading

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You mean a daylight planner ISN’T a little book I schedule my appointments in?!?!?

Here is a terrific yet brief article about what exactly daylight planning is and what a daylight planner does as it refers to architecture (not how your family spends April vacation 🙂 . Think of it as a quick primer … Continue reading

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Design Project Organization Software

If you’re a designer who works predominantly on digital projects (graphic designer, illustrator, lighting designer, photographer, etc..) and you have Microsoft Access 2002 or better and are struggling with organizing your projects (as I do frequently), then you might want … Continue reading

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Have an Architecutral Lighting Product and Looking for an Unbiased Review?

In case any of my readers out there are looking for someone to review their architectural lighting products (by this I mean don’t send me CO2 lasers or car headlamps) I would be more than happy to put the product … Continue reading

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Free Online Lighting Course Counts for Credit!

I just wanted to let everyone know that I took and past the excellent learning 2.0 type FREE online course called Lessons in Lighting which covers basic lighting fundamentals and is provided by Lightolier. This may sound “not serious” or … Continue reading

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Even More Free Architectural Lighting Design Tools!

I just discovered a terrific resource for architectural lighting designers called the New Buildings Institute! I’ll let the NBI explain who the NBI is here: “The NBI works with national, regional, state and utility groups to promote improved energy performance … Continue reading

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Typical Examples of Luminous Efficacy

While we’re on the subject of luminous efficacy (lumens of light output per watt of power consumption), I thought I would borrow a page (almost literally) from wikipedia and post some typical luminous efficacy numbers for various light sources since … Continue reading

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3D Light Design Rendering Using Sketchup & Kerkythea

As promised, I am posting a rendering (using the Metropolis Light Transport rendering method) showing what the great combination of Google Sketchup Pro and Kerkythea is capable of. The picture is of a simple, small commercial staircase with metal and … Continue reading

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Awesome FREE Lighting Analysis Software!

Recently, I stumbled across DIALux which is an advanced, yet easy to use lighting analysis package. I was totally amazed to find that such a well-polished program would be distributed totally free! The program is for anyone who is responsible … Continue reading

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Inexpensive Tools for Architectural Lighting Analysis

For any lighting designers or architects that have to work with lighting design and want to do some visualization for your clients might I suggest the powerful yet low cost combination of Google Sketchup Pro and Kerkythea Rendering System. Google … Continue reading

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