Maximize Energy Efficiency: System Design & Equipment Selection

System Design: One of the best ways to reduce lighting power is to install lighting only where it is needed. There are many aspects to quality lighting, but as a designer, we should always be aware that lighting systems do not necessarily need to rely on permanently installed ceiling systems to generate all lighting. For...

Don’t Overlook the Benefits of Correct Outdoor Lighting

This article highlights three often overlooked benefits of the correct outdoor lighting design and execution. It also provides a reminder that the main reason most outdoor lighting upgrades are driven by the obvious long-term costs benefits that LED provides. This article comes via our friends at Switch – Advanced Lighting Solutions. We use them for...

Evaluating Lighting Quality in Today’s World

The new quality criteria for lighting are: – Changing lighting situations, the ability to migrate lighting to reflect different usage patterns for the same space – Personal control, the ability through radio-frequency or wifi to adjust the light volumes and even colour temperature to reflect individual tastes and needs – Energy efficiency, minimizing electricity (see...

Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017 for Customer Service

“We couldn’t be happier about our experience on Houzz. It allows us to interact directly with sophisticated consumers, architects, interior designers, decorators and general contractors who value our service and provide challenging projects for us to exercise our talents on…thank you Houzz and most especially the Houzz users for this honour.” Jay Parker President, DDMLighting...

LED Lighting – A Double-edged Sword…If done improperly

LED lighting is the most efficient and fastest growing segments in the lighting market today. LEDs provide a variety of benefits, however, they also have key disadvantages, particularly if you invest in a lower quality system. Below is a list of the distinct pros and cons that LEDs offer: The Benefits More Efficient Unlike older lighting solutions, do...

Lighting Controls – Top Reasons Why They are so Important

Increase Workplace Comfort. By setting the right light levels for each workspace at each hour of the day, employees are more comfortable and experience less eye strain. Not surprisingly, eyestrain is the leading cause of stress in the workplace, according to a report by Kensington Technology Group. Reduce Energy Consumption by as Much as 50%....

Art Lighting Essentials for Interior Design

I would like to personally invite you to the Petroff Gallery for the first in a series speaker events, that features DDMLighting’s own Dino Chantziaras. The event is Thursday March 31, 6-8pm Please RSVP to ellen@petroffgallery.com by March 30th. It would be great to meet you in person and show you how we are different from other...

The 101 on LEDs and You

The future of LED technology is bright as buildings young and old continue to migrate to the environmentally friendly light source. LEDs are rapidly transforming the commercial market as manufacturers continue to unveil products that offer increased brightness, increased reliability, affordability and lifespan. The industry is looking to LEDs for their greatest value – energy and CO2 reduction....

Interesting Article on the Effects and Use of Light

Key points are: Two-thirds of the world’s population, and 99 percent of people living in the continental U.S. and Western Europe, no longer experience what we might call true night — one free from the glow of artificial lights. The three main ways people are finding out it’s having an impact is that it’s disrupting...

Retrofitting to LEDs…

Here’s a link to an interesting article on residential retrofits and how to properly incent homeowners/consumers. It is written for the British, but applies equally here in North America. http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/light-bulbs-incentives-energy-efficient   Things we consider when we move a client from a traditional lamp/bulb to LED: an LED need only provide 1/7th the output (in watts) of...

Many ways to peel an onion…

Yesterday I wrote briefly about financing for retrofit projects, presenting one point of access for capital, an innovative municipal government program. Today I will present a second option, which is a lease program offered by a private company on a for-profit basis. This concept is relatively unique, as leasing of lighting has rarely been done...

Condo Retrofits – The Simple How-to

Does your condo need a retrofit or overhaul to reduce the costs of gas and electricity? Is the cost of what needs to be done seemingly beyond the reach of the condo corp reserve? Are there condo board convenants that restrict the type of financing that can be utilized ? If the answer to any...

5 Must-Know Pro Lighting Terms When Executing a Project

1. Beam Spread: a measure of the three-dimensional angle of dispersion, or the cone of light that is emitted from the light source. Expressed as number of degrees, the smaller the number the more narrow the cone. 2. Colour Temperature in Kelvin: an indication of the relative coolness of the light being emitted from the...

Light Emitting Diodes…that’s so last century, check out light emitting plants!

For those of you who know Kickstarter, well they have recently announced that their most successful project was for light emitting plants.  Read the story in the here: http://nocamels.com/2013/05/record-breaking-kickstarter-project-will-put-light-emitting-plants-into-your-homes/?goback=%2Egde_53296_member_240316685 No word yet on the ability to switch them on or off, or even a dimmer control…but stay tuned.