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.

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!

Welcome To Our Family Eureka Lighting!

Eureka LightingDrum roll please…we are very excited to announce the newest lighting manufacturer to be joining the SDLA family, Eureka Lighting! Eureka Lighting is a Montreal-based decorative lighting manufacturer that brings a unique design approach to their solutions. Their fixture designs have been well received by interior designers, architects, lighting designers, and the like across the country. With our enhanced focus on providing best-in-class service and products to the specification community, Eureka Lighting is a great fit.

Our team has been buzzing over the news and is gearing up to hit the ground running with these awesome products.

“To me, Eureka means quality and strong design. I’m so excited to have one of my favorite lines on board!” – Laura Ramirez, Specification Sales

“I am very excited to represent a line that has such a wide range of unique architectural lighting that can be used to compliment so many different types of projects.” – Kristin Miller, Principal/Operations Manager

“I’m so excited that we are adding one of the leading decorative lighting manufacturers in North America to our SDLA family! Their wide range of solutions will enable us to better provide a complete package for our customers.” – Maronee Rodenberger, Specification Sales

As you can see our team is really excited about our new addition! So much that we’re installing some of their key features in our office as well.  Also, if you want some true decorative lighting design inspiration, you’ll want to check out their latest Volume 9 Catalog!  We have a stockpile here that we will be distributing soon or you can request your copy by clicking here.

Finally, help us welcome Eureka at our next designer luncheon series, which will be held on May 24th! RSVP by emailing Amanda Ivko at amandai@sdltg.com for an all-inclusive opportunity to witness, first-hand, everything this line has to offer!

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 amandai@sdltg.com!