SDLA DESIGNER LUNCHEON: WHAT’S THE BUZZ ABOUT TEGAN LIGHTING?

Last week, we held our 6th Designer Luncheon, this time featuring Tegan Lighting at Nolita Hall in Little Italy. Finally able to enjoy a beautiful, sunny San Diego day, our visiting Bay Area manufacturer showcased their unique offerings like the EXTON powerspan cable system and their acoustic BuzziShade fixtures. And we can’t forget all the accessory pieces and finish options that were displayed! Tegan Lighting is one of those lines that has something to offer for any lighting project. We can spend hours talking about each fixture, but to keep things short and sweet, here are a couple highlights.

When it comes to outdoor lighting systems, sure other manufacturer’s may have them, but none can compare to EXTON. What makes this one special is the entire stainless-steel wiring and 10-gauge conductors are completely embedded in an IP65 self-sealing jacket- giving any point of the cable system power- which makes repositioning pendants a breeze. Plus, there are a ton of options to choose from whether the downlights are directly mounted or suspended, choosing the sandblasted glass gems or Edison-style envelopes or adding exterior-rated shades- which allow you to customize your cable system with a variation of lights.

Their other standout product comes from their exclusive partnership with BuzziSpace. We all have heard of this acoustic giant because of their extensive line of noise-reduction solutions; well now you can specify their lighting shades -through Tegan- knowing that you have a dependable light source that will provide you ample light and extensive lifespan thanks to their powerhouse LED Kore Ambient pendant(s). Not only did our attending designers and specifiers see the classic Buzzishade, but they also got to see the next and newest acoustic pendant to be added to the Tegan family- the BuzziPleat. We already can’t wait to see what shade will be introduced next!

If you missed out on the fun and action, don’t fret! At SDLA, we have a ton of samples available for you to see, and like we said, Tegan Lighting is just a hop-skip-and-a-jump away in San Rafael, California, so if you are interested in seeing where the magic happens at their factory, let us know and we can make it happen!

We’d also like to say a HUGE thank you to the staff at Nolita Hall for an amazing meal and hospitality! We couldn’t have picked a better venue to host this luncheon. And thank you to all the local San Diego Lighting Designers and Specifiers for joining us. Stay tuned for details about our next Designer Luncheon taking place in June with Pinnacle Architectural Lighting. You won’t want to miss it!

Designer Luncheon: Fa-La-La-In-Love with Architectural Lighting by Acuity Brands

Last week, on December 12th, we hosted our final luncheon of 2018! Can you believe this was our 5th one?! This Holiday Edition Designer Luncheon featured the architectural lines from Acuity Brands with guest speakers Susie Brown and Guy Rojo, both West Regional Specification Sales Managers, at The Patio Marketplace at Axiom in the UTC La Jolla area.

Along with all the festive decorations and candy cane favors, we continued the tradition of inviting our guests to get into the holiday spirit by donating canned goods to contribute to our Annual Food Drive to benefit the Jacob and Cushman’s Food Bank.

Susie Brown began the presentation off with the Chisel by Mark Lighting. Mark Lighting, known for high-performance architectural solutions, has continued to expand their offerings. With the multiple sizes, various patterns and textures, and the ability to specify the directional gradients, Chisel is the perfect fixture to use when looking to add an extra design element. It’s ideal for offices, classrooms, and medical spaces with grid ceilings. In addition, the Chisel has tunable white capabilities and can be programmed with nLight controls to mimic natural daylight and circadian rhythm patterns.

Another new product that was introduced was the Indy L-Series Low Profile recessed downlight. The L Series has a lot going for it already with exceptional efficacy of 128 lumens per watt, patent-pending hyperbolic reflectors with a 45-degree visual cutoff, field-replaceable reflectors, and future-proof design with maintenance from below capabilities. But now you can get it with a 2” plenum clearance, making it possible to use in projects with minimal ceiling space! And since it’s available in output packages up to 4800 lumens, Indy delivers on a very versatile luminaire.

The team also exhibited the new EVO Special Applications Series by Gotham lighting has expanded on their line of special application downlights. In addition to their non-conductive shower downlights, Gotham now offers Evo specially engineered for surgical suites, MRI, patient rooms, clean rooms, and food service. They also thought of projects needing more dynamic elements the Evo Architainment Color. With DMX control this Evo provides saturated and pastel dynamic RGBW color changing options. Now projects that desire a themed look can achieve it without breaking the budget on expensive theatrical lighting.

Finally, we were “teased” with a pending launch of a brand new series from Peerless Lighting called Venue!  Specifically crafted for open and deconstructed ceilings, the Peerless Venue defines spaces where people gather, collaborate and thrive!  Be on the lookout for an announcement for a special San Diego launch event for this unique product family from Peerless in early 2019!

Four lucky customers who participated in giving were randomly selected in our raffle and received Visa gift cards and SDLA Yeti Tumblers! Congrats to Herbert Cheung and Erik Sadlicki of Dersch Design & Engineering, Jocelyn Zepeda of Misean Inc., and Cait Marolf of Ware Malcomb San Diego.

Make sure to mark your calendars for our upcoming events. 2019 is going to be filled with more product launches, SDLA Academy courses, AIA CEUS, Manufacturer Visits and of course Designer Luncheons with some of our New and Legacy manufacturers. Keep an eye out for more information on our Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn, or contact Amanda Ivko at amandai@sdltg.com for more information.

IIDA 2018 FASHION SHOW: PEACE, LOVE & GAUDI

Save the dateSince joining the IIDA, we love being able to sponsor the events that bring out the best and most creative sides in designers. Not only do we get to network with talented people, but we also see what inspires them and what direction designers are taking the latest or past trends to inspire their designs today. Which brings us to last week’s Fashion Show hosted by IIDA SoCal Chapter.

Last Thursday, we attended one of our favorite events of the year- the IIDA Haute Couture Fashion Show at Parq Nightclub in Downtown San Diego. This isn’t just any ordinary fashion show though. Architects and Interior Designers team up to create a design using materials from a partnered furniture manufacturer. If you watch Project Runway, it’s the real-life unconventional materials challenge!

Typically, the fashion show committee picks a theme, but to shake things up, this year they left the decision up to the design community. Instead of choosing a single theme, there was a list of five iconic architects along with five fashion genres to choose from as the inspiration. The decision resulted in Antonio Gaudi, the Spanish architect best known for Catalan Modernism, and 1960’s Hippie fashion, the trend that was best known for its natural materials with an alternative, rebellious twist.

There were so many great designs from all the participants, and each model captured and embodied their inspiration to the “T”! But of course, we all want to know, who were the winners??

People’s Choice & Best Student Team – Mesa College
Best Theme Inspiration – ID Studios
Best Haute Couture – OCIO Design Group
Best Craftmanship – FPBA
Best Showmanship – HBG Design & RBN Design
Congrats to all the teams that won an award!

Again, we appreciate any opportunity to sponsor and attend all the local events the IIDA puts on, and we are glad to be a part of the association. To learn more about the IIDA and how to become a member, click the link https://iida-socal.org/.

LIGHTSHOW WEST 2018: OFF TO SIN CITY TO SEE THE BRIGHT LIGHTS

On October 17th, our team hosted a group of customers to a day and night out in good ole Las Vegas where this year’s Lightshow West took place. With over 200 exhibitors and 20 of them being our manufacturer’s participating, there was a lot to see in a short amount of time!

Lightshow West has become the largest West Coast destination for specifiers to see the upcoming lighting trends, and see products from the leading commercial, architectural, high-end decorative and controls manufacturers.

After the quick flight, the day consisted of stopping by our hotel, The Cosmopolitan, grabbing a quick bite to eat at Block 16 Urban Food Hall and then heading straight to the convention center to check out the show. Some noteworthy mentions were the new product announcements such as the Venue by Peerless- this large-scale pendant comes in a concave or convex triangle, square or rectangular shape; available in 4 and 5-foot sizes! Perfect for large, open spaces! Bruck lighting announced their new line of wood fixtures, called the “WEP- Wood Eco Project” Series- made of Argentinian wood, the texture and flexibility of the wood veneer allows for unique shapes; along with the ability to specify the shades size and choose different interior and exterior colors, the customization truly makes each piece original. Lastly, but not least, Bartco exhibited their new wet-rated family called Fathom. This line consists of 8 products with sleek sealing hardware perfect for any outdoor application.  Our guests were thoroughly impressed with ALL our manufacturers’ booths and learned a lot from the time spent at the show!  A few even mentioned finding the perfect fixture for their next project!

Afterward, we enjoyed an indulgent dinner at Holstein’s consisting of big juicy burgers and creamy boozy milkshakes hosted by Acuity Brands! We continued the night with a ride on the Linq High Roller Ferris Wheel (where the highest point reaches 550ft), then landed at Harrah’s Piano Bar, hosted by Pinnacle Architectural Lighting.

To add a little fun, we challenged our guests to stop by each of our manufacturer’s booths; if they were able to complete this within the timeframe they were at the show, they would be entered in a raffle contest. As many completed the task, only two were lucky enough to win. Congrats to Jenny Oechel, of MPE Consulting, and Khris Tabaknek, of SmithGroup, for being our grand prize winners of the trip!

As everyone was heading to the airport to head back to good old San Diego, Brian stayed an extra day as there was another lighting show in town! Celebrating its 30th year, Live Design International, LDI, is the leading conference trade show for live design professionals. With over 400 exhibitors, the show consisted of the latest new tech and production equipment for international and live broadcast venues such as festivals, corporate events, theatre, concerts, clubs, theme parks, architainment, and houses of worships. Chauvet Professional, one of the main sponsors of the show and one of our valued manufacturers, did not disappoint with their massive display filled with incredible lighting! Over the convention, they featured the Maverick Storm 1 Wash. This IP65 rated RGBW LED is made of die-cast aluminum, has an insane light output of 6000 lumens and consists of a moving head- the first of its kind!

To learn more about the show or if you have any questions, about the mentioned manufacturers or want to know more about the show, contact Brian Rhea at brianr@sdltg.com.

IIDA: Design Connect 2018 – It’s All About the Design

On Tuesday, September 25th, SDLA participated in one of IIDA’s biggest events of the year, Design Connect, (formerly known as Neo Connect) at the Broadway Pier in Downtown San Diego. Having participated in previous years, this time around we partnered with GM Business Interiors, who joined us in putting together an amazing booth display to showcase just a taste of what we have to offer San Diego Interior Designers. With the current trend of designing large, open spaces, our focus was to highlight fixtures and special furniture pieces that help control sound levels along with incorporating functional task lighting and sleek, simple decorative pendants to round out the booth design.

Manufacturer’s that we highlighted in our booth consisted of: Eureka’s- Matrix, which is an acoustic, modular wall mural system with magnetic OLED lights that can be moved and arranged; Mark Lighting’s- Slot 4 LED Tunable White, a recessed linear fixture with tunable white technology enabling the end user to adjust the light color temperature from a deep amber for a relaxed atmosphere to an alert bright white. To continue with linear fixtures, we installed Coronet’s- RUSH which is an impressive low-profile luminaire with multiple options for color temperature, patterns, and dimming options, and the STFU LS1 pendant (a part of their acoustic line) that is wrapped in a sound control felt made by Turf to provide an all-in-one configurable lighting system that helps reduce noise levels.

We also added in some decorative pieces such as: the Gents pendants from Bruck Lighting, which is a simple cable pendant with socket base that perfectly displays vintage style LED lamps for a minimalist look and feel; Blackjack’s- Steelos pendant has a modern take on a typical chandelier- it’s a dimmable, tubular style pendant system with frosted acrylic diffusers in various sizes and can be adjusted to various lengths to create a unique look; and we also included a small table lamp from Artemide called Empatia- designed by Carlotta de Bevilacqua and Paola di Arianello- is a hand-blown glass lamp that displays a frosted ombre progression from top to bottom. And for the final piece, from TLS International – the TLS digital which is a tension LED system that is fully customizable for any surface lighting project. Each individual RGB pixel can be individually controlled and programmed for a large-scale LED matrix to create all kinds of scenes that sync to sounds and music- it’s a fun and unique product!

But the “Big Standout” was our very own Eureka-Mute” pendant- made from the same sound-absorbing felt material as the Matrix- not only made the Top 10 Finalists but ended up being the Winner of “Best of SD Design Connect.” The acoustic panels not only give the pendant an interesting look but is also environmentally friendly since it’s made from recycled PET bottles. We were extremely excited and proud to have presented a winning product based on votes from the design community.

Lastly, there are a few key people that need be recognized for all their hard work. To Danny Cortez, Jason Bash and Greg Cresto, we’d like to thank you for constructing the ceiling structure we used to install multiple of our light fixtures. Also, a big thank you to Candice Young from Herman Miller and Stephen Easley from GM Business Interiors for providing the furniture and virtual reality headsets that brought our booth to life.

Designer Lighting Luncheon: Setting the Bar with JLC Tech & Armstrong Ceilings

Who wants to spend their lunch in a boring office when you can have lunch in the club? Last Thursday, we hosted our 4th Designer Luncheon featuring both JLC Tech and Armstrong Ceilings, where specifiers met us in Downtown San Diego at Parq Restaurant and Nightclub.

For this specific luncheon, (since we had not one, but TWO manufacturers) we really wanted to “wow” our specifiers with our venue choice which did not disappoint. Every detail from when you first walk around the corner into the open- aired, Central Park inspired restaurant, down the hall through the grotto tunnel that opened into the nightclub with blue and white lighting everywhere, really made for a grand entrance.

Dai-Nee Tan, the Architectural Contract Sales Manager for Armstrong Ceilings, kicked off the presentation with a short video that showcased the different Armstrong ceiling solutions and a presentation on her product line. She then handed the presentation over to Eric Reiser, the Western Regional Sales Manager of JLC Tech, who explained how the T-Bar Smartlight pairs together with Armstrong Ceilings and demonstrated how easy the installation is. To wrap things up, Eric revealed some exciting and exclusive- (still under wraps)- news about what’s to come from both manufacturers later this fall! Be sure to check back when we make the big announcement!

In addition, Congrats again to our $50 Visa gift card winners- Marissa Clow from FS Design and Emily Taber-Moore from Jules Wilson Design. Thank you both for attending and participating!

If you haven’t been to one of our luncheons yet, don’t fret! Our next one will take place in December with the location TBD. Stay updated by checking out our Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn pages for more details!

Also, we always encourage all of our designers, architects, and engineers to come and bring their customers- The more the merrier! If you would like more information, and would like to join our next Designer Luncheon Event, please RSVP to Amanda Ivko at amandai@sdltg.com!

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 amandai@sdltg.com!

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: LFI 2018 Recap

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and no, we’re not queuing the Christmas music. We’re talking about another exciting week at Light Fair International, which was hosted in the Windy City this year, Chicago, Illinois. The venue was incredible with plenty of space for manufacturers and vendors to show off their latest lighting and lighting control innovations. After attending this popular industry tradeshow for 10+ years, I can confidently say the booths this year were the best to date. Speaking of which, one of my favorite eye-catching displays was the all-new, dynamic color changing Rubik from Acuity Brands’ Mark Architectural Lighting.

IoT, The Internet of Things, was yet again a hot topic at LFI. Many of the manufacturers who were using the buzzword seemed to have different and varying capabilities with this innovation. It’s exciting to see so many follow in the footsteps of Acuity Brands, who we know was a pioneer in the IoT revolution.

I was pleasantly surprised that track lighting is back and it’s better than ever! Manufacturers, like XAL Move-It and Bruck Lighting Smart Track had sleek track systems on display, and PureEdge was showing off their incorporated Trueline look to create a mud-in track system.  I personally believe the versatility of track lighting, the sleek, minimalistic design, European inspiration are the large drivers for why this lighting solution is making a comeback!

Could you imagine a world where lights act as a means for disinfection? I saw this idea come to life at the Visa Lighting booth. In partnership with Vital Vio, Visa introduced their “Disinfecting Luminaires”. The LED technology protects environments from harmful bacteria by emitting a white light that is safe for both humans and animals.  Looking forward to sharing the technology with anyone and everyone in San Diego who is responsible for healthcare design!  Make sure you click on the Visa Lighting Link above for more information!

Another big play in the new products category was Horticultural Lighting.  Manufacturers like SpecGrade LED, Beghelli, and Sonaray all had new products on display. Horticultural lighting, although it has been around for a while, I feel is being taken to a whole new level with technological advancements through color, wavelength, product design, and placement.  And if you think everything you have learned about lighting for humans applies to horticultural lighting, I am quickly learning that is not true!  The terminology and science that is specific to growing plants is a whole new ballgame. The manufacturers I mentioned above have great resources to help us all learn the ins and outs of effective horticultural lighting!

Congratulations are in order for many of our manufacturers who brought their A game to LFI 2018. Alphabet Lighting won top honor with their “Most Innovative Product of the Year” award for its NU Vector Series!  Other winners were Mark Lighting Chisel, Juno FlexConnect and the SensorSwitch VLP App, who were all recognized as “best of” in their respective categories.  FlexConnect also won a “Design Excellence” award.  One of the coolest products I saw at the show was the digital tension system from TLS international. See the product in action here.

Finally, LFI has always been a great place to learn from some of the best in the industry.  Having my NCQLP LC Certification, I need continuing education credits to maintain the certification and to keep up with the fast-paced and innovative lighting landscape!  I was able to take a few classes to satisfy some continuing education credit needs, but more importantly, learn more about topics that are some of the most talked about in the industry today. We strive to be subject matter experts at SDLA so we can share the information we learn with our San Diego lighting colleagues!  Understanding continuing education is important for many, we offer classes at least once a month on a variety of topics through our SDLA Academy curriculum. A quick reminder that SDLA is also an AIA approved CEU provider so we are able to deliver AIA/HSW CEU presentations on-demand when the need for credits arise!

Back to School with NECA

As an Associate Member of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), SDLA was cordially invited to participate in the California Title 24 training course on April 20th, hosted at the NECA San Diego office. These training courses exist as a valuable resource for union electrical contractors of IBEW Local 569. NECA training courses help electrical contractors take their career to the next stage with tailored courses in traditional and new technologies. We enjoyed participating in the event where NECA San Diego hosted a great presentation with breakfast and an afternoon BBQ.

Martin Dodd from Energy Soft was the keynote speaker, while Joshua Desoto of NECA hosted the event. Martin provided an extensive overview of how Title 24 is approached and applied in the industry. Martin not only reviewed the requirements contractors need to be aware of but went into detail on how to decipher and implement the variety of Title 24 forms. This four-hour training course was highly interactive throughout, with Martin calling on us to speak to our wealth of knowledge of different Title 24 requirements and solutions. Chris Bale (SDLA Contractor Salesman) and I were heavily involved in giving code and project insight based on our controls department’s vast experiences. Attendees were kept engaged as well by being asked to share their questions, different experiences and advice when dealing with Title 24 code requirements. After the conclusion of the presentation, Chris and I were available to give attendees project specific solutions and advice.

NECAOur controls team was excited to be invited because of our expertise in Title 24 requirements and compliances in the San Diego area and we enjoyed the opportunity to support NECA, Martin, and those in attendance with specific lighting and lighting controls questions. NECA training emphasizes the importance of continuing education and it’s an organization we are proud to support. We look forward to supporting NECA San Diego and our electrical community with future trainings and projects.

If you have any questions regarding Title 24, or any project specific solutions you can implement to meet compliance requirements, email me at jeretc@sdltg.com!

Join Us For a Free IES Training!

We’re eliminating any excuses you may have for furthering your education by sponsoring a FREE IES, Title 24 compliant training! On April 11th, we invite all distributors, electrical contractors, electrical engineers, architects, lighting designers, and anyone else interested to attend our training. This IES Spring update will be held at the REXEL San Diego Energy Center and lunch will be provided for all those in attendance from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. This opportunity comes to you with no admission fee and free parking, so if you have been waiting to attend a training course, this is the perfect chance to get a baseline knowledge or refresher of industry standards as regulations continue to become more rigorous.

As the speaker for the event, I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing several perspectives from different occupations and experience levels in the industry. This training is suited for anyone new to Title 24 or any seasoned professional looking for a refresher course. In this course, I will discuss the exceptions to the code professionals should be aware of and how to utilize these benefits to move projects from concept to execution. Even some seasoned electrical professionals and distributors may not be aware of the way they can use code and regulations to their benefit and sometimes see compliance strictly as a prohibitory factor. This IES training will also cover how to offer lower up-front costs and energy savings projects, while still being Title 24 compliant. As code requirements and regulations continue to become more and more challenging, it’s essential that we continue to educate ourselves through training in order to save our clients and our companies time and money.

There are still spots available for this training, so be sure to register online and secure your spot free of charge! If you want more information or have any other questions, please reach out to me at danielc@sdltg.com.