Light Points at Lightpoint


Osram Sylvania continues to light up a variety of architectural projects. Pictured is its recent work with Van Nuys, CA-based Moody Ravitz Hollingsworth on a new-generation Sega GameWorks center in Columbus, OH, which has a club, rather than an arcade, feel. This is due in part to its use of more kinetic 50W PAR-30 and 120W PAR-38 Capsylite halogen lamps as a base. The new design is now standard for the chain, including 11 new properties in the US, Brazil, and Guam.

Closer to home, in Danvers, MA, March 29, the company invited media representatives, including LD, to its $2 million Lightpoint center, a six-year-old facility for lighting education. There, the firm announced its new wares for this month's Lightfair show and discussed future trends in illumination; the day-long session included a talk on organic LEDs and phosphorescent materials by Sheila Kennedy, AIA, principal of Kennedy & Violinch Architecture and associate professor of architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Announcements included Sylvania Tru-Color lamps, available in every major product line (including fluorescent, CFL, HID, and halogen) providing reliable color over the life of the system, according to Dwight Kitchen, the firm's commercial engineering manager. Lamps include the Metalarc Ceramic family of metal-halides, combining conventional pulse technology with “bulgy” ceramic arc tube designs, and Octron 800 XP Ecologic extended performance T8 fluorescents with a high CRI of 84, 20% longer life, and higher initial and maintained lumens over conventional T8s.

The firm has also bulked up its energy-efficient lamps and ballast systems offerings. Options include Quicktronic T8 electronic ballasts which, when coupled with Octron T8 lamps, can provide at least a 30% reduction in energy costs over T12 magnetic systems in environments like stores and office buildings.

LED modules, in surface-mount and other varieties, are another hot item, for effects lighting and marker lights for walkways, steps, and seating. The firm has developed Backlights, for commercial signage. Its DALI (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface), a lighting management system incorporating daylighting techniques for a more energy-efficient office environment, was also discussed as the firm prepares for Lightfair.