1. Tesla was a prolific inventor and patent holder. One of his primary contributions was AC (alternating current)—a development that—dare I say—powers the world we live in today. Critical for lighting. Critical for facebooking. Indispensable for all things (alternating current, not Facebook).
2. Tesla was bffs with Mark Twain—who, in this photo, rivaled his mustached game while demonstrating the human body as a conductor of electricity.
3. Thomas Edison offered Tesla a fortune ($50,000) to improve his existing system of generating electricity. When Tesla succeeded, Edison said, “Haha, just kidding.” True story.
4. Tesla had OCD. His social life may have suffered, but his science was off the hook.
5. Tesla never married. According to Wikipedia, “He once said in earlier years that he felt he could never be worthy enough for a woman, considering women superior in every way.” More time for science.
6.Tesla spoke eight languages and had an eidetic memory.
7. Tesla’s AC (alternating current) violently conflicted with Edison’s DC (direct current). Direct current required power plants every square mile, making it wildly inefficient compared to AC.
8. Edison held public electrocutions of cats and dogs (and other animals) to “prove” that AC was too dangerous to use (this fact is technically about Edison, but it’s just too insane not to include).
9. Tesla was 6 feet 2 inches tall.
10. Tesla fell in love with a special white pigeon towards the end of his life. He adored that pigeon: “I loved that pigeon as a man loves a woman, and she loved me.”
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At Alcon Lighting’s LA headquarters, co-founder David Hakimi adopted a 12 year-old dog named Nano and decided to bring him into the office every day. Let’s just say it garnered some attention. It quickly became clear that Nano, who’s now 14 years old, relishes a long nap. Nano likes to hop and curl up in an easy chair, resting his head on the arm, drifting into slumber. In fact, David says this is Nano’s favorite activity.
Art can use light to convey an emotion, mood or thought, transcending language. Artists have always used light to emphasize certain aspects of their works of art. How light bathes a basket of fruit, for example, or shines on a pearl earring, can accentuate an art work’s attributes. The contrast of darkness with lightness can be alluring. In modern art, only the medium has changed.
Essentially, volumetric lighting refers to the illusion created when a lighting technique suggests a certain perspective, orientation or effect that increases, enhances or magnifies the sense of volume in a given space, context or application. In residential and commercial lighting design, volumetric lighting is often synonymous with task lighting. Light fixtures designed with optics that have a fully luminous and distinguishable beam spread and can be directed, with purpose, to light art, a table, produce in a market, etc.
As the United States of America celebrates Independence on the Fourth of July, it’s worth remembering lighting’s role in the American Revolution. Revere’s light signal was a backup plan designed to warn patriots in Charlestown, a borough across the river from Boston, in case Revere was arrested by the British occupying Boston and thus unable to initiate the ride.
“98% of what gets built today is sh**. There’s no sense of design nor respect for humanity or anything. They’re bad buildings and that’s it.” – Frank Gehry. Fun fact: One of Frank Gehry’s most famous works as an architect is his own private Santa Monica residence.