Archive for the 'Alpenglow Lighting Design News' Category

December 23rd 2015
Good lighting design sometimes means less light

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Alpenglow is committed to keeping the night sky visible. For over a decade, we have worked with municipalities to craft outdoor lighting ordinances. The concept is simple: use a smaller lightbulb and don’t point it at your neighbors.

It has been said that the two things that interest kids in science are dinosaurs and astronomy, and that about 80% of American children can’t see the Milky Way where they live.

Good lighting ordinances allow homeowners and businesses to use light wisely, encourage control (both optical and switching) and encourage energy efficiency via appropriate light source choices. Alpenglow can help you to refine your local ordinances. Contact us to find out how.

 

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December 23rd 2015
Off The Grid: Rocky Mountains premieres on DIY Network, features Alpenglow Lighting Design

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On December 22, 2015, the DIY Network TV show Building Off The Grid: Rocky Mountains was broadcast. Featuring an ecclectic mix of cyclists, designers, craftsmen, and adventurers, the show chronicles the construction of a small structure deep in the Colorado Rockies. Alpenglow Lighting Design was an integral part of the project, providing much more than just lighting, although we did design and build custom light fixtures. Our partners at Green Line Architects, Board by Design, David Rasmussen Designs, and the Stomparillaz helped to create an exciting building with a roof meant for bike riding.

More images and information can be found here, here, here, and here.

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December 10th 2015
Alpenglow Lighting Design is now on Houzz

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We’ve added photos and information here. Come visit us on Houzz!

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December 7th 2015
What is the Oculus?

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It’s a silly question, really, but one that ended up being a big project for Alpenglow. It is an adventure, an experiment, and now, a TV show on DIY Network, set to air on December 22, 2015 at 8PM Mountain Time. Please join Alpenglow, Green Line Architects, and the Stompas at Carbondale Beer Works and Roaring Fork Brewing Company to watch the show.

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July 10th 2015
Vantage Lighting Controls now offers upgrades to Lite Touch systems

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Lite Touch no longer supports their systems, but Vantage has released an upgrade/conversion kit. Systems can be converted by an electrician, leaving the wiring and panel infrastructure in place. Vantage dimmer modules are installed into the Lite Touch panels, and because Vantage dimmer modules have 12 loads (instead of 8), only 3 are needed per panel. Vantage keypads are installed, using existing wiring for communication. The new equipment has a 5-year factory warranty, iOS and Android apps, and allows for online software upgrades. Contact Alpenglow to see how we can help bring your system forward.

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June 22nd 2015
Aloha Island Style house in Carbondale

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It’s been quite some time since I posted an update, but here is an article on a project I completed in Carbondale, Colorado.

The project is about 90% LED, uses a Vantage Control System with in-wall and iOS-based touchscreens for control of lighting, shades, AV, and HVAC. Products include Lightolier LED recessed LED and MR-16 downlights, Paradigm LED linear undercabinet and coves, Hevi Lite accent lights, Vantage Easy Touch II keypads and wallbox dimmers, and Philips lamps.

Contact Alpenglow so we can help light your dream house.

 

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November 7th 2012
1st Bank Glenwood Springs is now complete

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Alpenglow Lighting Design, in conjunction with A4 Architects and B&H Construction, has completed the lighting and controls design for 1st Bank’s new branch in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The new space uses automatic photocells to dim interior lighting, has extensive daylit areas, and uses 0.9W per square foot. All exterior and site lighting is LED, with warm color tones and minimal glare. Initial photos (more to come) can be found in the Commercial Gallery.

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October 2nd 2012
Times Have Changed: LEDs Are Here to Stay.

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At Alpenglow, we’ve tested multiple LED retrofit light bulbs purchased at big-box retail and home repair stores. Only a few months ago, they cost $15-20, but last wekk we found the price had dropped to under $10. These lamps are not specification-grade, so the dimming quality is fair, the color is pretty good, and the lamp life is 25,000 hours. but, for $10, it’s hard to complain too much.

Ikea is also moving forward with LEDs http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-01/ikea-plans-to-sell-only-led-lights-worldwide-to-cut-emissions.html.

Contact Alpenglow to see how we can make LEDs work for your home or business.

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October 2nd 2012
A nice interview in Residential Lighting Magazine

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A few months ago, Residential Lighting Magazine called to interview Aaron about LEDs in residential lighting. It was published to the web and print in late September.

 

Lighting designer and ski buff Aaron J. Humphrey of Colorado’s Alpenglow Lighting Design lives the LED life.
Aaron Humphrey

Humphrey: So many good LED products are coming out that it’s broadening the palette to design more sustainably. I finished the drawings for a Vail, CO, house in October. It’s a 10,000- square-foot house with 10 distinct LED fixtures. Originally, I had 12 halogen fixtures, but by this January, 10 of the 12 fixtures became LEDs. The challenge with large, custom homes is that it may be a year between specification and product delivery. Product gets replaced, sometimes a couple times over, and I don’t always know what I’llI get on the job site. What, actually, will show up?

Right now, a 12-foot ceiling is the max of where I’m comfortable using LEDs. Beyond that, I haven’t found LEDs that give me a throw that I like. One recessed downlight I like is only 3½ inches deep. It’s 900 lumens. I can use it in showers, mud rooms, laundry rooms and garages. It’s inexpensive — $100 distributor net per sale — and builders like it because it doesn’t run into the framing, even though it’s insulated.

I’m getting a lot better performance out of coves using LEDs. I can get LED light fixtures closer to wood ceilings without worrying about drying and splitting the wood. I can do nicer designs integrated with casework. I can also do reading lights that are flush into a bedroom wall, instead of recessing them in the ceiling. The client gets an adjustable, gimbal-type spotlight, and they won’t burn their fingers when aiming it.

One thing I’m always pushing, and people are starting to become more receptive to, is color. I mean real color, saturated color. You can do some incredible stuff with color-changing LEDs, like coloring a wall in a media room or a dining room.

It turns my stomach to see high-end homes built with banks of light switches. Come on. Let’s catch up with what’s at least current. Controls coming out this fall will be basically an iPhone on the wall. They’ll have HVAC integration and metadata from your AV stuff. I always say the lighting control system is only as good as the last programmer. I don’t know how many projects I pick up based on someone else’s bad programming. I get hired to fix the presets, or scenes, so that they relate to how the space is going to be used.

Recently, I did some custom glass-and-iron pendants and sconces, working with an artist. The issue had been the heat from incandescent lamps was sometimes cracking the glass. We designed a system that uses all LEDs.

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July 5th 2012
New projects and products continue for 2012

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Alpenglow is pleased to be working on several new residential and commercial projects in Colorado, including a new liquor store and commercial building in Willits,  residences in Durango and Aspen, and a pedestrian underpass as part of the VelociRFTA rapid transit system. Recently, the site lighting at Rio Grand Park and Theatre In the Park in Aspen was completed.

We are also seeing new controls products from Vantage which will change how people interact with lighting and other systems. We are extremely excited about the new LED products being released.

Also, Aaron was interviewed about sustainable residential lighting by Residential Lighting Magazine, which will be published in September. Links to the article will follow soon, so watch this space.

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