In coming weeks, I will be rolling out my the latest creations through Lumenique. The following is an insight into what is to come, and its origins. As I get closer to a full launch, I will issue updates and further insights. I am excited at this new phase of Lumenique’s existence. What is coming is closer to my core passions and intent for the company, now studio, than it has ever been.

Background

My passion is making things, particularly artistic things that incorporate light sources. I believe that portable lighting offers the opportunity to integrate art and light into our environment. Functioning as a source of ambient or task use, or both, while adding to the character of an environment. While this can be approached as an industrial design exercise to come to the products of Artimede or Ron Rezek (now part of Artimede) – I am much more a fan of the products of Ingo Maurer or Frank Buchwald, which are much more about the art of their design, than their hardware industrial design/functionality and meeting a price or mass market metric. All of my portable lighting work has followed this art-first path, as can be found in the offerings now shown on the Lumenique web site..

In 1987, I was toying with the idea of making and selling portable lighted art, inspired by the aforementioned Ingo Maurer. The company “Lumenique” (lumen+unique, for art and light) was created at that time with an idea to one day have my own gallery, focused on my works as well as others of similar qualities. To this end, I placed a few pieces in an Art Gallery for sale, with one particularly complete in both quality and general representation of my intent. That piece sold immediately. It was called “Pulley“, and can be seen on the Lumenique Archive Page. I did not pursue this as I’d hoped, as our Lighting Design Consulting work was demanding most of my time. I did occasionally create a special piece for customers and their homes, as a thank-you. My interest in design and artistic expression did, however, lead to working for Winona Lighting, then Visa Lighting, as their Design executives, where, over a period of 12 years combined, led to over 150 custom fixtures and 280 standard product designs, many still being marketed today. During that time, I continued to make portable lighting for my personal use. Yet, these were never dear to me (with the exception of the Metro Series at Winona), they were industrial designs completed to be sold in the commercial market.

As many are aware, in 2010, I presented 53 designs and SSL products in 52 weeks, with no intention to sell the products, and every intention of avoiding presenting products that would reveal work I was doing for customers, or to compete with potential and existing customers. Based on my passion for portable lighting (most all of my personal spaces are lighted with portable products I have made), I used that as the foundation for the products I applied the various SSL technologies to. About a third of the 53 products were sold outright, a third I am using in my personal spaces, and the remaining third were either done for customer accounts during the year, or traded to participating manufacturers for materials or parts I used for new weekly design entries.

At the end of 2010, I seriously considered focusing on artistic portable lighting, but, like in 1987, was so busy with consulting projects, allowed daily business to take priority. My partner, Angie, did attempt to dissuade me from this path, to focus on what I was passionate about. While I did not follow her lead, eventually taking another executive position in 2019. The familiar, sure thing of income in hand took my eye off the ball, again.

The Day the Earth Moved – November 2020

In November 2020, I decided it was time to wake up and shift my focus toward my true passion for Lighted Art. This meant leaving a very well paid executive position, with no real solid business plan in place. But, it came down to getting older, and realizing that if I were ever to pursue art as my primary interest, waiting any longer was just not an option.

Preparation for 2021 Launch of the New and True Lumenique

Since November of 2020, I have been working on the creation of completely new sculptural works, using OLEDWORKS light sources as a base. I find that OLEDs offer me a great combination of simplicity and long life, attractive light in both appearance and emission (and lack of need for heat sinks and optics), that allows me to focus on the forms and sculptural qualities. In that time, I have also been formulating my plans forward pursuing sculptural art portable lighting. The following is my foundation for offerings going forward.

My work is to be focused on people and design professionals:

  • … looking for lighted functional portable art objects
  • … who want a custom made art made on commission to their desired specifications
  • … who are seeking custom artistic lighting objects to accent, highlight, or enforce a design theme of a given environment

I am uniquely qualified to serve these wants and needs, with a strong background and experience in both the technology of light and its application, and creation of artistic works using a wide range of new and old technology media.

May 3, 2021

The target date for presenting a series of works in various scales, and themes, is May 3, 2021. This date is significant as my birthday, on which this new life will be born, finally, after too many years of being set aside as a secondary interest. I have 15 pieces work in process, and more being developed.

Between now and May 3, I hope those reading this will take a moment to visit the web site and the archive included there. You will see the transformation of my work over the years their. The new works are step further forward, using new creation techniques, and light sources.

I hope everyone reading this will keep me in their thoughts, and come along for the adventure as well!

Just ran an interesting analysis of social media connections and found an aberration I would like to understand.

Of all invitations and connections requests sent, I find that Lighting Designers specifically stand out as a group that does not respond or accept – more than any other.

I find this truly strange for several reasons.

First, when I moved from lighting design consulting to pursue product development, I did so with the motivation of creating new products that met lighting designer’s needs, that I found missing as a designer myself. This has been successful – based on sales response and growth realized for the companies I worked with, so I evidently provided something of value to the specification community. But my true satisfaction has been in bringing new value to the market that might not have otherwise been realized.

Next, when solid-state technology emerged, I took on the task of educating tech producers on what the specification community needed, decision making approaches, and what products were needed – not to mention the effort of educating them on lighting terms and applications basics they were deficient in. I also dove into the technology in the effort of sifting the hype from the applicable reality, to offer insight to the specification community of the coming new stuff coming at them. This included numerous articles written, presentations at technology conferences, DOE meetings, and regional lighting shows – frequently without compensation, in addition to participation in building trade conferences agendas themselves. I also played a role in the creation of the first specification level publication focused on lighting design with SSL technology, and contributing to it for 12 years, Architectural SSL. All of this was pursued through advocating for the lighting specification community often conflicting with those who believed they could ignore or bypass it, as well as those who were earnestly interested in serving the community well.

Additionally, I have spent a significant amount of uncompensated time and resources (money) experimenting and testing products, test gear, and components, to understand and offer insight into various technical aspects of SSL technology as it applies to using it in actual application. Between this blog, Architectural SSL, and other publications, I have written hundreds of articles that range from exploring end uses, to white paper insight on technical pitfalls and fails, all with an interest in seeing the lighting specification community realize the best results, and avoid some of the worst. I have also authored and assisted in the creation of dozens of CES credited courses. Most all of this has been done with no monetary gain to offset the time invested.

Finally, I have never attempted to re-enter the specification business as a competitor, choosing in stead to stay on my side of the fence in product development/creation and education. For this, I bore the insult of being thrown out of the IALD for my taking a position with a manufacturer, even though I remained committed then, and have since, to serving the specification community through deployment of products that met current needs in a way that manufacturers at the time struggled to – such as ADA compliance, adoption of efficient sources (fluorescent, HID and later LED) in glare-free, visually attractive products. I did these things to provide the market usable relevant product in an altruistic way, beyond just profit margins and sales conquests. In this, I have quit organizations I realized were more interested in profiting from sales of questionable product than advancing lighting through development of new value. I am even named in 14 patents for introducing novel new ideas into the market.

What am I missing here?

I believe that I am known well enough that most will at least recognize my name. I can say here that if you are a lighting design professional, I am your professional friend, in that you are central to much of what I do, and the business I run. I don’t want to connect or be connected to abuse anyone with annoying marketing campaigns (I am as sick of them as everyone else), although I might communicate when I have made a product available, or posted an article here about SSL technology in general. I do need to make a living – like everyone else.

My motivation is to be connected with the community I have served for over 40 years, that has been on my mind, and in my daily life, that I pattern and plan around every day. I seek feedback, insight, and the critique of peers.

Let me know what I can do for you. Give me some feedback as to how I might improve or make myself or what I am bringing to the table more valuable to your design effort. I am not trying to become a mega conglomerate with thousands of employees. My goals are more modest – to provide a small discerning population of designers products, information, and service. Yes, I want to sell products I create, if they are a great fit.

If you wish to share your thoughts on this, you can comment here (no connection required), or on social media, as you feel comfortable. For those who have already connected, I thank you, and appreciate your comments over the years.

In any case, for everyone else in the business of lighting specification, let’s connect!

Lumenique was created in 1986 as part of my Lighting Design Consulting practice in Las Vegas. Originally, it was intended to be a design studio, where I could create unique items for customers, including art galleries. I even had dreams of it being a showroom of custom lighting creations. The name itself was a creation of mine, and reflects the intent fully:

Lumen (Light) + Unique (of special character) = Lumenique

Over the years, as I got busy with life, and from a lack of focus (and abundance of youth), I let this evolve into a wide range of activities and offerings, including artwork, performance components for BMWs, and consulting services from product development to UV curing. Lumenique was first put on the internet with a rudimentary web site in 1995, primarily for sharing information, and at times collected dust as I focused elsewhere. Over the 35 year journey, the origins of Lumenique were muddied by active career life that distracted me from where I intended it to go.

That ends now.

New Focus

On November 1, 2020, Lumenique has returned to its origins, and my sole focus going forward. I will be creating and offering artistic portable lighting products of unique artistic quality, inspired by architecture and machines.

New Web Site

The Lumenique web site has already been rebuilt to reflect this new direction.

Link to the New Web Site as of November 6

The new site will evolve as products are added, and we finish the storefront components. In the meantime, I have created an archive gallery with historic designs, and a ready reference guide to the 52 in 52 project, so a visit now will provide an insight into where I started.

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UVC Disinfection

Posted: October 14, 2020 in General Commentary, Uncategorized

“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more..”

W. Shakespeare

For purposes of furthering the exchange of ideas and information on methods of applying SSL (Light) to address the Pandemic we find ourselves in….

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Marketing vs. Reality

There is now a great deal of noise from marketers promoting the use of light as a disinfection tool. The current COVID19 Pandemic has fueled this effort and created a vehicle for many to roll out claims and campaigns that have varying degrees of relevance.

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Finishing the Big TR6 Project

Posted: September 18, 2020 in Uncategorized
Finished TR6 Project, ready for final tune, polish up and alignment (by others)

A long time friend (and previous employer) decided it would be lovely to take his car apart and rebuild it from the ground up. I have witnessed my of these “projects” over the years – most end badly. Taking a car apart seems so easy. Just undo every fastener, and dump the parts that fall off into boxes – while tossing all those old rusty corroded nuts, screws, washers, broken little clips and pins into bins. When something is frozen up, beat it apart, or cut it, it’s all replaceable – right?

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3D Printing is actually a misnomer. In technical terms, we are talking about AM (additive manufacturing.) The process delivers a 3 dimensional object in plastic or metal, layer by layer. Unlike CNC machining, which is technically subtractive in nature (starts as a block of material that is whittled into shape), AM produces no chips or cut-off material, just the finished part.

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The way we¬† access information is evolving. Where books and magazine publications were once the only reliable source of information, the evolution of digital media has blown some holes in the world of paper based media. By all indications, those holes are not going to heal, they are going to grow. The question is, will these holes tear the very fabric of print based information and advertising apart? Read the rest of this entry »

Recently commentary on certain news outlets, particularly friendly to the current occupant of the White House, have taken the stance that social restrictions are uncalled for and over-reactionary. To support their position, they state many examples of mortality statistics as proof that there are greater risks to health and well being than COVID19, that are not causing us to react at all.

These talking heads, and most of the statements they rely on, use of simplistic statements to defend a risky position. They are oblivious to the reality that in our slow reaction to Read the rest of this entry »

With the onset and spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus and the COVID19 it causes, I have seen many offer up the idea of using low cost UV light sources used primarily for curing resins and/or finger nail polish, as a method for sterilizing surfaces and used masks. Cutting to the chase… a $35 nail salon cure light is not going to work.

These sources use light between 365nm and 405nm, depending on the intended application. This is considered long wavelength UV light, or UVA (315 to 400nm). While these may be somewhat effective against some bacterial invasions, with extremely long exposures and/or very high intensity levels (well beyond those of a small cure light), there is no evidence this is a reliable sterilization solution for viruses.

To kill viruses, hospitals are now using UVlight robots that emit high levels of UVC radiation between 200nm and 280nm, and the primary germicidal range for UVC is between 254nm and 260nm, for periods of around 20 to 30 minutes – on top of chemical cleaning and sterilization procedures. The reason they use robots, is that this radiation is dangerous to human occupants, so is not done when anyone is in the room. UVC disrupts the DNA and RNA of micro-organisms, which prevents them from reproducing. Read Here for more on these machines and their use.

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