Designer Lighting Luncheon: Eureka Lighting Takes the Stage

Is there really a better way to spend your lunch hour then discussing the latest “hot topics” in lighting? We don’t think so. Specifiers, designers, engineers and architects in the lighting industry, joined us for the third installment of our designer luncheon series on May 24th at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in Liberty Station. Stone brewing was a great location to host over 40 attendees, who engaged with a presentation and networking opportunities after enjoying a delicious lunch of steak, potatoes and organic greens, served buffet style.

We were lucky to have Eureka Lighting’s very own Director of Sales, Scott Spence and California District Sales Manager, Robert Ayala host the event, alongside our spec team. The duo gave the attendees insight into the many award-winning Eureka products and their vast capabilities. We were particularly impressed with the Matrix, an innovation in acoustic lighting, and the Flynn. Both of which won 2017 Product Innovation  Awards. Attendees had the opportunity to not only hear from the Eureka experts but witness the power of these products themselves, as we had multiple on display.

We love being able to provide the San Diego area with the latest in lighting innovation and networking opportunities. Rather than sitting in the drive-thru line on your lunch hour join us for our next designer luncheon, tentatively scheduled with Armstrong ceilings and JLC Tech t-bar lighting solutions! We have another show-stopping location in the works for you but keep checking in on our InstagramFacebook, and LinkedIn pages for more details as they become available!

Our events are always sure to fill up quickly so reserve your spot today. Anyone who specifies lighting in the San Diego/Imperial County areas is welcome to join us and can simply RSVP by emailing Amanda Ivko at!

Designer Lighting Luncheon: LucePlan Lessons

Cue the lights for another installment of our designer luncheon series! This month’s designer luncheon was held at “One of San Diego’s Most Stylish Restaurants”, Herb & Wood in Little Italy. The venue was the perfect setting and we were happy to have another full house of lighting designers, architects, interior designers, and electrical engineers eager to discuss another one of the “hot topics” in lighting.

LucePlan Lighting’s very own Ken Downing hosted the event alongside our spec team. Downing led an AIA-accredited presentation on decorative and architectural lighting solutions with acoustical properties that are designed to effectively minimize surround acoustics. Designers and architects in attendance were offered many takeaways from the event including the latest trends to best serve their clients’ needs.

Looking to learn something useful for your next lunch hour?  Well, you’re in luck because we’ve already got another great Designer Luncheon coming down the pipeline for you! Mark your calendars for May 24th for a presentation with a new SDLA manufacturer to be announced soon. The location is still to be determined for this luncheon but be sure to keep checking back to our Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn pages for more details as they become available!

History is bound to repeat itself so be sure to reserve your spot before we hit max capacity, ASAP. Anyone who specifies lighting in the San Diego/Imperial County areas that would like to join us can simply RSVP to Amanda Ivko at!

Lighting the Path to Safer Biking

Caltran’s State Route 15When people think of San Diego, the word ‘sunny’ typically comes to mind. Averaging a whopping 146 days of sunshine per year, it’s no surprise being active outdoor junkies is part of our day-to-day culture. In addition to recreational cycling, San Diego ranks 20th out of 70 largest U.S. cities in bike commute, according to the League of American Bicyclists census data (2014). That’s why we jumped on the opportunity to team up with the Department of Transportation to help keep San Diego’s cyclists safe.

In spring of 2014, we took on a project to illuminate popular Caltrans State Route 15 Commuter Bikeway. One of the key aspects of lighting any transportation path is to minimize glare and provide enough illumination for safety. We knew Engineered Lighting Products’ (ELP) CP series would provide a large, low-level light across the 12-foot wide bike path and help achieve this goal. We even customized the fixture to ensure it was the perfect fit. We added tamper-proof screws, a custom color and the addition of vandal resistant faceplates. Caltran’s State Route 15

The bikeway officially opened in spring 2017, and now bikers can zoom their way through a safe, lighted path separated from traffic with a concrete barrier. The new fixtures provide 40% more light than the original and have more than 60,000 hours of life. Make sure to pedal on over and take a ride on the path located in-between the Mission Valley and Mid-City areas of San Diego.

Special thanks to Fariba Ramos, Electrical Engineer, PE at Caltrans, Lee Headberg, Director of Engineering at ELP, Lauri Maines, President at ELP and all those who helped us keep San Diego cyclists safe.

Meet LEDRAbrands: Decorative & Architectural LED Lighting

At SDLA, we’ve got our finger on the pulse of lighting manufacturers who are consistently delivering cutting-edge, high-quality innovations and designs. LEDRAbrands is absolutely one of those companies.

A lighting manufacturer of three brands – Bruck, Molto Luce and ALPHABET – it continues to make breakthroughs in technology for performance, decorative and architectural lighting and has become a renowned leader in solid state lighting design. One thing its team is also good about is keeping us and its specifiers up-to-date on its latest technologies and concepts through intimate training sessions.

This past month, we attended LEDRAbrands’ AIA accredited session about human-centric lighting in Tustin, CA. Our friends from ELEN Consulting, EXP, MPE Consulting, Studio + Light, Tazz Lighting and CS Illuminations also joined. After the training session, we got the behind-the-scenes look at the latest products from its brands Bruck, Alphabet and Molto Luce.

Don’t miss LEDRAbrands’ new products preview here! You can also schedule your own LEDRAbrands training event. Just fill out the form and they will be in touch.

Thanks to our friends at LEDRAbrands for such a great training event!

New LiFT Architectural Lighting Inspires Creativity in Grid Ceilings

Pinnacle Architectural Lighting introduces LiFT – LED lighting designed with appearance and performance equally in mind. From a traditional grid layout to an ornate pattern, LiFT LED luminaires can be flexibly constructed and clustered together to achieve the creativity you want, along with optimal power consumption, light output and energy efficiencies.

LiFT architectural lighting is a family of luminaires that are extremely versatile and proves any ceiling can be unique. inspired by the Golden Ratio, a universal law of beauty and completeness in nature, its clean lines and harmonious proportions are best displayed in patterns. The LED fixture’s seamless lens-to-trim transition creates a skylight-esque appearance that suggests bringing the outdoors in. Its low-power density and shallow housing profile make LiFT both versatile and efficient option for architectural LED lighting.

LiFT LED luminaires are available in 1×1, 1×2, 1×4, 2×2, 2×4 and 4×4 configurations. For more information contact Maronee Rodenberger at or download the LiFT family brochure.

The Whisper Series LED Speaks to Rady Children’s Hospital

Rady Children’s Hospital is a one-of-a-kind hospital for the San Diego area. As the leading pediatric trauma center in the region, it has a robust practice including aggressive surgical approaches and is well-known for its cutting-edge Neurosurgery program. This state-of-the-art facility and staff are using the latest technologies for its medical practices, so its facilities need to be top of the line, even down to the administrative offices that are the backbone of the hospital.

In 2016, the hospital was looking for new LED lighting to update its facilities. It wanted to achieve specific energy savings goals, and have new lighting that would improve the light quality in its administrative areas. In the past, the light quality had been sub-par, creating hot spots and poor distribution.

SDLA was selected for the project, and we worked closely with our electrical partners at Randall Lamb to find and install a solution that would meet the hospital’s energy and aesthetic requirements. Craig Kerstetter, Electrical Project Manager, Randall Lamb Associates, Inc. was kind enough to say, “The SDLA team was knowledgeable and helpful during the design and construction phase.”

We felt this project was a no-brainer for the new Whisper Series LED from Acuity Brands. The fixture’s multiple lens options for the center and side panels make it easy to achieve the perfect design aesthetic and even illumination across a space. Whisper’s sloping side panels and lack of latches on the outside of the fixture create a clean and simple feel with no seams.

Our collaboration with the electrical contractor and specifier was crucial in achieving a photometric layout to make sure we met the recommended and suggested IES foot-candle measurements. In addition to the energy-saving qualities of the LED fixtures, we were able to increase energy savings and controllability of the fixtures by installing an nLight® integrated controls system from Acuity Brands. This easy-to-install controls system also helped Rady Children’s Hospital meet the new 2016 Title 24 Standards that became effective January 1, 2017.