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New York Digital Showroom Visit

This past week, New York Digital invited us to visit their newly renovated showroom at 5 Penn Plaza. What a success - congrats to them!
New York Digital is the NY rep for Acuity Brands, as well as many decorative and hospitality options. They are also the NY rep for Barrisol (stretch ceiling material) and Lumafilm, to work behind it.

Acuity Brands: nLight Controls

Regular and EM pack can by dimmed together. No bi-pass.
Plug-load Power Packs listen to Occ Sensor only, not switches. So if person is in room, but doesn't turn the lights on, outlets still work.
Network bridges to Gateway to create a network. Data management. For Time Clock only - if not needed, don't need to buy it.
Wireless only available for Acuity fixtures with wireless component in them, and cannot be networked.
Software available to do space management by using sensors.
Devices only take a few seconds to function once connected to a fixture.

Fresco controller also speaks to DMX. Plugs right in.



G Lighting

G Lighting is a company based out of Missouri. They specialize in LED fixtures featuring static white, color tuning, and tunable white technology. They have a wide range of standard products that are mostly made with acrylic, however, they are open to customization.

The Orbis is a circular ring pendant fixture that has a unique profile from what we see from other manufacturers with a portion of the inner lit lens sticking below the outer band.

Another unique thing we discovered about G Lighting, is that because they have their own facilities where they manufacture everything themselves, they sometimes do renovation and replication projects. They have a series of traditional fixtures they offer, but can also do replications from scratch.



Today Litelines came to visit our office to show us some of their new and updated product lines.  They are a family owned and operated company based out of Toronto.  Their focus is on interior lighting.  Providing multiple recessed down lights, cove lights, step lights, track and under cabinet lighting options.

The Slim Series is a low budget recessed downlight product line they offer.  All recessed downlights they provide are canless.  Instead they have a large plate with an attachable driver, making an easier installation process on site. The Slim series include Slim Classic, Pro, Indirect and Luna.

The Slim Indirect can dim to warm, dimming from 2000K - 3000K.  One question we had was at what angle someone would be able to see the nodes, which are slightly visible on the side of the curve at.  This would be helpful if we were to spec the product.

The Slim Luna is a new, cheaper alternative to their most popular series, Sigma.   Adjustable recessed downlight with a 45 degree beam spread.  They do not provide a Solite lens as of now, but it is in the works.  It costs around $40-50 per fixture.

All their standard product has a 120V driver with an ELV dimmer that can dim down to 5-10%.

The Forum LED Panel light has two dip switch on the driver allowing user selectable 3000 K, 3500 K or 4000 K color temperature, site selectable watt and output. It sits flush within the frame, and is provided at a 110 degree beam spread, a 0-10V dimmer, 85 CRI and it can dim down to 10%.  2' x 2' costs around $65 and 2' x 4' costs around $85.

They also offer a zoom series track fixture, adjustable from 18 degree beam spread to 50 degree beam spread.  It comes in 10W, 20W, 30W, and 40W.  It is also dimmable to 10% as well.  There are other track head series as well, with a nice set of accessories.


Generation Brands

Generation Brands visited our studio the other day to keep us updated on their 2017 products.

Tech Lighting is the first line they showed.  Being a market research company, they evaluate how well the fixtures do in the market and depending on sales may expand the line.












The Akova is one of their releases that has done well, it is now available as a sconce, pendant, and flush mount.  All fixture types are available in 3 different finishes, aged bronze in a bright bronze trim, matte black in a bright brass trim, and matte white in a chrome trim.












Mina is another one of their more popular fixtures, it has laser etched optic crystal to create a floating orb within.  Down firing LED's are hidden within the socket.  It is also available in an aged brass, polish nickel or black finish, with a variety of different cord colors as well.  The pendant can be bought on its own or in a cluster of 3, 7 and 11.












From Element, Merge is their recessed linear system.  Glare-free, continuous 3-inch channel of LED indirect illumination.  It can make 90 degree turns on the same plane as well as transition from floor to ceiling.  Spot lights can be placed anywhere across the channel and because it is a part of the LBL and Tech Lighting, any pendant from both lines can be also be incorporated into the fixture.

Reflections is a decorative recessed downlight that is also a part of Element.  Available in flanged or flangeless in 5", 8" or 12" apertures.  They currently have 5 different dome designs that are 3D printed however they can do a customized designs as well.  It is not available in RGB as of now. Reflections is popularly used in home theatre because it is glare free and dims well under 200.   The price for the 5" aperture begins at $125.00.

Element also carries a 2" LED adjustable downlight and wall wash.



Vode Lighting

Vode Lighting specializes in small scale LED extrusions. They stopped by our office to give us a closer look at the extrusions they offer. For most of their fixtures, they are available as a 2' fixture with 1' increments up to 6'. They all require remote drivers, with standard dimming to 1% and can be provided with 0.1% dimming for an adder. The driver can be located up to 72' away. An interesting feature to Vode's fixture is that they are all made from recycled aluminum.

There are two LED boards with LEDs from Nichia. The zipper board is a tightly spaced LED board for even illumination. The button board has a wider spacing and is used with optics.

The Zip 1 was originally designed with a slim profile perfect for undercabinet installations. It features a glowing side on the diffuser to push light onto the back of the vertical surface. It can be installed with magnets or tape.

The Zip 2 takes the Zip 1 form factor and includes lens accessories to customize the fixture including a glowing lens extrusion and an aluminum extrusion with a lens on the bottom. There is also a mounting clip that allows you to mount to the bottom of the t-bar ceiling structure with either a flat diffuse lens or an asymmetric lens.

Zip 3 is a wall mounted fixture that is designed to be a direct/indirect distribution. There is a bracket for new construction that allows for a trimless installation, and a surface bracket for existing or wood surfaces. The mounting height and the width of the fixture actually block the surface bracket from view.


Chameleon Lighting

Chameleon Lighting was our second presentation of the day, they are a St. Louis based company.

They specialize in decorative fixtures with color tunable capabilities with an free app with Android or iPhone, or a remote.  Available in tunable white from 750 lumens to 5,000 lumens.  There are 2 LED's in the driver, one cool and one warm and provide color rendering above 90.

Chameleon Lighting stresses the importance of proper light and color can create a positive effect from schools to hospitals and retirement facilities.  Their product provides an easily adjustable light source which can promote learning and reduce agitation as well.  The shade finish is a hospital graded acrylic linen that can be washed with soap and water.  They also provide a transformer series that can custom print any print or logo onto the acrylic linen.

The p59- Natural is another product they offer.  This pendant fixture offers up to 14,000 delivered lumens with a 39, 64, and 90 degree down light beam spreads.  It can be also customized with an up light or side lights.


Philips Color Kinetics

Color Kinetics is a north of Boston based brand within Phillips.

Intelehue is their new approach to color mixing, utilizing red, green, blue and mint LED colors.  They have also modified their fixtures with a shared mixing chamber, eliminating the mixing distance.  This helps provide precisely controllable light, and millions of saturated colors, pastels, and uniform white light.  Unlike their competitors, their specifications will also provide lumen output at different color temperatures.

Intelehue's technology can be incorporated in a number of different lighting fixtures.

The ColorBlast IntelliHue Powercore gen4 is their newest wallwasher.  Powercore gen4 offers a range of accessories that allow for customizable beam angles for floodlighting, spotlighting, wall washing, and grazing. There are five different diffuser lenses allowing the fixture to be customized to produce 20°, 40°, 60°, 80°, and a 10° x 40° asymmetric beam angle.  The lens uses a holographic material laid on polycarbonate.  Because they do make their own line of accessories, it will be easy to customize lenses and color chips at no additional cost. The housing can be provided in black white or grey and there is the option to add or combine a louver, rock guard, full glare shield, and half glare shield as well.  Color Kinetics strive for a 4:1 uniformity ratio with their fixtures.

iColor Accent Compact a direct view linear LED fixture ideally suited for displaying high resolution media.  It is low voltage, with a cheaper price as well.  The fixture is both indoor and outdoor rated.

Color Kinetics are also releasing a new Powercore flood light fixture by the end of the summer, which is going to be a new cylindrical design.  It has a high output and high punch with 3° native beam angle. 6 standard secondary diffuser lenses allows the fixture to be customized to 8°, 13°, 23°, 43°, 63°, and 5° x 17° asymmetric beam angle. The on access candela will then be doubled compared to the current generation.

PureStyle IntelliHue Powercore is a concealed interior linear LED fixture with intelligent white and color light. Due to its compact size and an extremely short mixing distance, PureStyle can excel as a cove light for shallow 6-8" coves. The lumen output ranges from 3000-5500.  It's available in 305 mm (1 ft) and 1219 mm (4 ft) extruded anodized aluminum housings, as well as a range of beam angles – including wide (100° x 100°), medium (30° x 60°), and narrow (10° by 60°).

ActiveSite is also a technology that Color Kinetics and Philips provide it is the first ever cloud-hosted connected lighting system for managing, and maintaining large scale architectural LED lighting installations.  Allowing designers to make changes, remotely monitor and have updated reports on the cloud.   They pride themselves on not only being a lighting fixture company but also a service lighting company and Active Sight allows them to be on-site and active to aid at any moment.



FLOS/LUKAS lighting stopped by our office to present their products. The decorative fixture line has an impressive collection of world renowned designers. You can view these products in their SoHo showroom on Greene Street.

LUKAS specializes in creating custom light fixtures from a "napkin sketch" by working collaboratively with architects and lighting designers. Many of thier projects have required the collaboration of other disciplines such as acoustic engineers, sound technicians, and security network engineers.   LUKAS is a Spaniard architectural and decorative light manufacturer with a manufacturing and warehouse facilities in Long Island City. All products are manufactured in Long Island City  with resources and capabilities to out source components locally, if need be. On the custom fixtures, LUKAS is able to provide UL listing. The images show two custom fixtures. The one on left is for a Converse Store and the one on the right was developed for a Capital One lobby space.


FLOS architectural lighting products include:

The Running Magnet a 1 -3/8" slot, available as a recessed, surface mounted, or pendent system. It is a 24V DC remote driver, one circuit, 0-10V/DALI dimming capable rail system. The components are powered magnetically and just slide into the track in one swift motion. It is available in 3 inch, 5.5 inch,  or 6.6 inch runs as well as able to be cut in the field. The DN cost is about $115 LF. The components come in 2700k or 3000k and in 80 or 90 CRI. Compatible with: 8W LED Strip, 8W Spot Modules, 10W multi-spot, and 7W GloBall. The finishes for the track and components are available in black or white, with the ability to paint the outside, not the inside.


The Track Magnet System is 1/2" slot  available as a recessed, surface mounted, or pendent system. It is a 24V DC remote driver, one circuit, track system. The track does not dim but the components have the potential for onboard dimming. Each fixture comes with a dial that can dim the fixture as low as 20%. It is available in 39 inch, 59 inch, 78 inch runs as well as able to be cut in the field. The components come in 2700k or 3000k and in 80 or 90 CRI. Compatible with: (varying output) LED Strip, (varying output) Spot Modules, and (varying output) Anthony Spot. The finishes for the track and components are available in black, white or chrome, with the ability to paint the outside, not the inside.


The Blackline and Circle of Light are systems of multi-lamp recessed down lights available in 2700k or 3000k and in 80 or 90 CRI. They offer 0-10V dimming. The Blackline is available is 8 inch, 14 inch, 27 inch, and 39 inch lengths and the Circle of Light is available in 12 inch,  24 inch, and 36 inch diameters. Only black finish.




DMF Lighting

DMF Lighting is a downlight company based out of California. They have based their company similarly to a tech company with the use of parts and pieces that can be combined to make multiple downlight styles. One of the main highlights of their downlights is that for the lower outputs, the driver is integral to the LED module. They have a standard CRI of 93 across the board. They also use the same chip in both their low and high output fixtures so the color matches throughout. The distribution of light is a basic blob of light with a 120° beamspread and a smooth beam and no harsh edge.

The OneFrame fixture is a unique downlight in that it is equipped with a small housing which is IC rated and fireproof for up to 2 hours.

There are a series of different trim options to choose from starting with a bevel round and bevel square trim. The square aperture has an 18% light loss due to the design of the module relative to the opening. DMF also has developed a set of acrylic dropped lens trims; one with a frosted ring and frosted center, a frosted ring and clear center, and a frosted ring and open center. We took a look at the acrylic ring and it did a nice job of pushing light up higher on the wall. It would be a good option for corridors if there was an interest for a decorative element.

The original downlights that DMF started with have a 4" aperture, however, they are coming out with a 2" aperture version with a remodel housing. It is wet listed and offers 13°, 25° and 40° optics.

The standard downlights are reasonably priced with the low output coming out less than $100 DN. It would be a good option for corridors and closets or other projects with budget restraints looking for a basic downlight. Because the components are all able to work together depending on the configuration, DMF stocks their parts in their warehouse in California and are able to ship within 24-48 hours.


Ledi Lighting

Ledi Lighting is a Houston-based family lighting company specializing in LED tape and channel lighting.  Their products are manufactured in both Houston and overseas.

The Inspired Series features a 12 mm wide LED tape light, it is the first coated, cuttable, and reconnectable LED tape light. It comes in a variety of colors from 1800K to 4000K.

Ledi has it's own patented connector called the Zeus.  which allows the product to be cut at every 4 inches and reconnected back seamlessly to limit waste with a secure connection.

The Nano SKN is damp rated.  The High Brightness is priced at $19 per foot, and the Regular Brightness is priced at $10 per foot.

The Nude is dry rated.   The High Brightness is priced at $10 per foot and the Regular Brightness is priced at $5 per foot.

Both the nude and the Nano have an RGB option.

Their outdoor product has a rubber mounting channel that can be can be attached to any surface using screws or construction strength glue.

Lead time for the tape light is 2 days.

Quantum is their channel linear diffuse fixtures that can be recessed, mounted or suspended

They carry a squared, circle, trapezoid, angle and recessed channel.

The product ranges from 2400K - 4000K

Aircraft cable is used for their suspended fixtures and they can powder coat the flange to any color.

Lead time for Quantum is 2 weeks.

All their products come with a 5 year warranty.  Because Ledi pride themselves on service, they have a team that can help calculate any design needs with the product as well.

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