Maybe you’re not a sports fan, so you found last week’s post about soccer and the Super Bowl and cool LED lighting –– “This LED lighting retrofit at a soccer stadium in London is awesome” –– a little off-topic and unexciting. But we're always on the lookout for examples of exceptional lighting design as a way to grow in expertise and think outside the box and we recently came across another cool lighting retrofit project.
Maybe you’re more of an architecture buff, with interests leaning toward arts and culture. If you’re that person, this post may be more up your alley.
Frank Lloyd Wright, the paragon of modern architecture, died almost 60 years ago –– a few years before LED technology first hit the market.
Wright’s winter home in Scottsdale, Arizona –– Taliesin West, also home to his architecture school –– gained worldwide recognition immediately upon being built in 1937, thanks to its use of mixed materials, including local desert rock, and its vast incorporation of natural light.
Registered as a historic landmark in 1982, Taliesin West is also the site where Wright drafted plans for many of his most famous projects, including the Guggenheim Museum.
In the video above, Osram Sylvania tells the story of getting involved with Taliesin West and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, which still operates the School of Architecture in Wright’s namesake out of the property. Wanting to balance energy efficient lighting goals with a desire to maintain a semblance of the original light tones, Osram Sylvania was able to bring in LED lighting in a way which preserved the look and feel of Taliesin –– one mimicking warm, incandescent light –– while illuminating the property brilliantly and showcasing its features. The results are purely magnificent, staying in step with Wright’s stunning architecture.