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Volume 1 • Issue 2

Message from the Editor

Managing Editor, Line Goyette When convergence meets intelligence: lighting is required

A few years ago the word convergence was on everyone's lips and in every discipline. Today the concept of convergence seems to have been replaced by intelligence. There's no doubt that in lighting these two concepts have merged brilliantly, and both the technology used and the various applications that we create from it actually allow us to speak about art as much as science, public policy and technical developments. This convergence with intelligence is not without its own challenges, including the need for standards. All this and more in this edition. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor, Lighting Design & Specification

Changing Scene

Osram Lighting Osram to Spin Off or Sell General Lighting Lamps Business
Osram intends to transfer its traditional lighting business plus the LED-based lamps of the Classic Lamps & Ballast and LED Lamps & Systems units into an independent structure.
Luminotherapie Luminothérapie Competition: Call for Proposals to Enhance and Animate Public Spaces in Montreal's Quartier des Spectacles
May 1, 2015 is the proposal deadline for Luminothérapie, Quebec's largest competition for temporary works.
Internet of Things Acuity Brands & Sensity Systems Team Up to Accelerate the Internet of Things
The two organizations intend to develop a joint solution that further accelerates energy-efficient LED lighting into a smart, connected platform for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Lighting & Design: Municipal

For a Qualitative Policy of Urban Lighting in the Master Plan

By Gilles Arpin
Urban Lighting In recent years we have become committed to making our cities pleasant and friendly places to live. We do this by remaking public spaces so that urban life becomes more humane, more safe, and more comfortable. Communities of all sizes are equipped with increasingly greater responsibilities, particularly in urban planning. As I mentioned in my last article, my goal is to sensitize you to the discipline of lighting designer. Today's topic: a qualitative urban lighting policy... Read More

Peers & Profiles

Galina Zbrizher: An Atmospheric Strategist at Heart

Galina Zbrizher When Galina Zbrizher of Total Lighting Solutions in Vancouver, BC started working in the lighting industry about 30 years ago, lighting design and technologies were still in the early stages of development. She participated in shaping the industry by serving on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), serving as President of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) - Toronto Section, Chair of the IES Hospitality Facilities Committee, and active contributor to the IES Design Guide for Hotel Lighting DG-25, by serving seven years on the Lightfair International Conference Advisory Committee, and finally as a judge for several lighting design competitions and contributing author for lighting design publications. Between extra curricular activities and a busy work schedule with projects across the application spectrum, Galina took some time to let us get to know her a bit better... Read More


Renaissance Renovation: LEDs On

By John Paul Quinn
Sistine Chapel Simply stated, the Sistine Chapel is a really big room with many remarkable paintings, but there are many stories behind the hall and its art.

The sturdy rectangular structure was built in the late 1470s as part of the Vatican's fortified medieval walls, the job commissioned by the then general contractor Pope Sixtus IV (hence the name Sistine). It was designed to match, as nearly as possible, the dimensions of Solomon's Temple as described in the Bible—130 feet long, 43 feet wide, and 65 feet high... Read More


Canada's Only Lighting Design Certificate Program Starts in May

Ryerson Lighting Design Certificate Lighting Fundamentals, the first course under the certificate in lighting design offered by Ryerson University's Chang School, starts again on May 5. This multidisciplinary certificate, the only one of its kind in Canada and one of only six in North America, provides students with the broad knowledge base and wide range of skills required as professionals in the lighting industry. Read More

LED Technology

The Evolution of OLED Technology for Lighting

By Michael Helander
Typical OLED Although a relatively new technology, organic light-emitting diodes, OLEDs, are labelled today's most promising display technology. The next-generation of energy-efficient lighting, OLEDs generate light by passing electricity through a thin layer of carbon-based organic dyes. Currently, the technology is most commonly used for television screens, computer monitors and cellphone screens. The lighting industry is just starting to scratch the surface in using this technology... Read More

Technology: Controls

The Evolution of Lighting Controls: Part I

By Andrew Parker
Evolution of Lighting Controls Until recently, lighting controls were predominantly systems of relay panels with low voltage switches and some form of scheduling or time clock. Technology innovations have brought about a revolution in lighting controls by leveraging a change from analogue to digital communications hardware and protocols. The result equates to simplified installation and increased capabilities. Energy codes have also become more stringent in a stepwise progression with available technology and in response to increases in demand. Read More


Stimulating Neurons with Light

Stimulating Neurons with Light Researchers from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have used optogenetics to capture the neuronal connection in the brains of mammals. They managed to record exclusive synaptic transmissions between neurons in a living animal. Read More

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