6 Lighting Industry Blogs to Follow

The lighting industry is constantly evolving as new technologies emerge. What was impossible from a technogical standpoint only a few years ago is now reality. That is why it is so important for experts in our field to be aware of all the news that surrounds our industry. So, whether the knowledge you seek falls under the category of general info, news, or in-depth and technical LED information, here are some excellent sources for following developments in lighting technology.

  • LEDS Magazine: This well-designed digital magazine is truly comprehensive. It provides information on current developments in the field of lighting. It also covers information about symposiums, tradeshows, etc. LEDs Magazine is part of the LEDs & Lighting media group and is focused on all developments in the field of lighting.
  • 1000Bulbs: This blog provides weekly stories that cover the latest trends in light technology. It is owned and operated by their marketing team and helps lighting designers and end-users both stay informed.
  • Electronics Weekly: This digital magazine provides up-to-date information about LEDs and the technology behind it. The only downside to the blog is that it does not update daily.
  • Lighting Trends Blog: Lighting Trend covers industry trends including but not limited to: eco-friendly lighting, indoor & outdoor lighting, home decorating ideas, art & sculpture, etc. The articles there are well written and the blog spotlights some of the leading designers and figures in the lighting industrylighting
  • The Lighting reSOURCE: This website contains original content from industry professionals, new technological innovations and even features a lighting design image gallery. If you want current information on lighting trends, this is the site to visit as it contains a news feed of industry happenings.
  • LightNOW Blog: This blog keeps visitors current on the latest conferences, news and trade shows. The information it provides is up to date and practical and is read by lighting professionals around the world.

There you have it. These are just a few of the resources that are available for professionals in the field of lighting. They will keep you apprised of the development of technologies such as our wireless DMX and dimmer packs.

All About Sports Venue lighting

It is a fact that more than 80 percent of Major League Baseball (MLB) games are played at night, under the lights. Lights make every play visible to fans, players and coaches and the TV audience at home. However, when you think about it, sports lighting is more than just about being able to see the game clearly. Different shades and intensity of light elicit emotions from us all. What is already an emotional occasion – a sporting event – becomes even more engaging when we not only see but experience light whether it is through its changing intensity or it’s rhythmic synchronicity with music and sound. That is where technologies such as our wireless dimmers come into play. So let’s take a moment to look at the role lighting plays in illuminating sporting events.
The History of Sports Lighting

One lasting symbol of the ancient Olympic is the famous torch that has for generations marked the opening of each series of games. However, the torch alone did not illustrate those early games. The games are illuminated with the help of strategically placed parabolic mirrors. During the night, the games were halted due to lack of visibility. Not until Edison invented the carbon-thread incandescent bulb in 1879 were sports fans able to view night games. This was followed by floodlights capable of producing light on the magnitude of tens of thousands of candle power. Today, we have LED lighting, wireless and the Internet to profusely illustrate games and to make them truly come alive.

Tips for Lighting Sporting Eventssports venue lighting

In 2013 there was a blackout during the Super Bowl which lasted for 34 minutes. This occurred while the San Francisco 49ers were mounting a rally against the Baltimore Ravens. This event naturally infuriated spectators and illustrated the importance of lighting at sporting venues. However, as we have already stated, visibility is just one requirement of lighting at such events. Here are some tips for experts who will be using lighting equipment at sporting events.

  • Proper placement: The hardware must be placed in a manner that makes it accessible to lighting experts.
  • Knowledge of available resources: Experts should know ahead of time which electrical energy transmission systems, batteries, fuel cells, generators, alternators, dimmer packs, etc they will be using.
  • Experts should put lighting in the proper context: As we said, lighting is not simply about making things visible. Light helps create shadows and texture. Moreover, it reveals and accentuates the beauty of the venue itself.

In short, lighting is as important as any other aspect of sporting venues. Indeed, it is more important than most. Without it games would not be visible, crowds would not be energized and the beauty of the venue would go underappreciated.