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LED accent strip lights in a hotel bar and lobby accenting ceilings and walls, shelving and under counters. Boca Lighting and Controls.

How does Dim-to-Warm Lighting Work?

How does Dim-to-Warm Lighting Work? Consumer lighting needs and real-world applications are continually evolving.  LED tunable light technology has stepped up to the challenge by providing various lighting capabilities to accommodate any desired atmosphere.  This is achieved through warm dimming, also referred to as dim-to-warm or black-body dimming. Physicists created a theoretical reference source called…

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No More Shadows with Kitchen Task Lighting

No More Shadows with Kitchen Task Lighting If you want to remodel your kitchen in the next 12 months, there are many things to consider besides appliances, flooring, paint color, and backsplashes. The lighting you choose will make the most impact on the functionality of the space, especially the under-cabinet lighting. Most ambient kitchen lighting…

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LED linear strip lighting illuminating waterfall features under the Brooklyn Bridge after dark. The bridge and New York City skyline light up the background. Boca Lighting and Controls

Illuminating Fountains – The Art of Water and Light

Illuminating Fountains – The Art of Water and Light Fountains have been used for thousands of years to provide drinking water or be pleasing art pieces. Early fountains relied on gravity to control the flow of water. The carved stone basins held drinking water for humans and animals or ceremonial water for religious institutions. The…

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Boca Lighting and Controls cove lighting fixtures in an open concept residential living room and hallway.

Layers of Light Help to Turn a Residential House into a Home

Layers of Light Help to Turn a Residential House into a Home Home. The word conjures images of comfort, security, and warmth. Home could be a 400-square-foot studio or a mansion of immense proportions for some. Our places of residence are comfortable retreats that contain our loved ones, whether they be animals or humans. The…

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Boca Lighting and Controls wall washing and façade lighting fixtures illuminating modern elevated walkways in an outdoor garden.

Using Light to Create a Striking Impact on Urban Infrastructure

Using Light to Create a Striking Impact on Urban Infrastructure The most crucial function of urban infrastructure is to connect people with increased ease, speed, and efficiency. It encourages the connection and movement of a city’s inhabitants and goods and services. However, with thoughtful design, utilitarian infrastructure can be visually impactful, with bridge spans, tunnels,…

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The Brooklyn Bridge lit in early evening with the cityscape in the distance. Under the bridge, LED lighting illuminates a featured waterfall. Boca Lighting and Controls

Five Elements to Consider When Lighting Statues, Monuments, and Architectural Features

Five Elements to Consider When Lighting Statues, Monuments, and Architectural Features The most crucial function of urban infrastructure is to connect people with increased ease, speed, and efficiency. It encourages the connection and movement of a city’s inhabitants and goods and services. The great monuments and statues of the world memorialize significant achievements and reminders…

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Low Voltage and Line Voltage Luminaires

What Is the Difference Between Line and Low Voltage Lighting?

Lighting Design Considerations Between Low Voltage and Line Voltage Installations Today’s homes are filled with devices that require electricity to operate, but in the late 19th century, lighting was the primary driver in the electrification of residences. The Edison and Tesla current battles (Tesla’s AC versus Edison’s DC) continued to rage, but George Westinghouse’s successful…

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Creating a Landmark with Dynamic Hotel Lighting Design

Creating a landmark with dynamic hotel lighting design Nestled in the Susquehanna River Valley in central Pennsylvania is the city of Sunbury. The sleepy town, first settled in the early 1700s, has never had more than 16,000 residents. Today the population has declined to under 10,000 as the waning rust belt has taken its toll.…

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What Is Tunable White Light?

What Is Tunable White Light? Tunable white LED light technology is a type of lighting that allows you to adjust the color temperature of the light from warm to cool. This adjustment can be made using intelligent lighting control devices or a wall switch. Tunable white LED lights are popular because they offer several benefits,…

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Comparing 0-10V and DALI Controls

Comparing 0-10V and DALI Controls Artificial light can transform a humble commercial space into one that is dynamic and exciting or romantic and serene. Lighting designers specify lighting controls during the design process to adjust the intensity of one or more layers of light. In addition, lighting controls can change a space’s appearance, facilitate various…

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The Fundamental Components of Lighting Control

The Fundamental Components of Lighting Control A good lighting control plan is crucial to excellent design for commercial lighting applications. These input/output devices and systems receive information, act on it, and then adjusts lighting power to satisfy the occupant or the lighting designer’s vision. The benefits of lighting controls within a commercial application are many,…

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New Hotel Earns Praise for Forward-Thinking Design

New Hotel Earns Praise for Forward-Thinking Design The new Luma Hotel in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco has acquired an impressive list of adjectives since it opened during the summer of 2022. The “precedent for the next wave of San Francisco’s hospitality scene,” “modern and innovative,” “a fresh independent spirit,” and “forward-thinking” are…

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Orange linear LED lights illuminating architectural detail and the facade of a boutique hotel. Boca Lighting and Controls

What is Wireless DMX?

How Wireless DMX Orchestrates Architectural Lighting Scenes Without Cables Architectural lighting has become more widespread due to energy efficiency, easy installation, and long life. LEDs have become the norm thanks to their energy efficiency, flexibility in many different light fixture designs, and a lifespan of typically 50,000 hours or more. We can also program them…

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Boca Lighting and Controls cove lighting fixtures and back-lit glass fixtures in a public cafe.

How California’s JA8 Regulations Impact Lighting & Control Systems

How California’s JA8 Regulations Impact Lighting & Control Systems The state of California is residence to 12% of the nation’s population. Due to this, the state has traditionally set trends that spread across the United States. One avenue that the state is directly influencing is the lighting industry. Manufacturers are working to ensure available products…

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What is an Architectural Smart Dimmer?

What is an architectural smart dimmer? Light dimming basics All light dimmers, ranging from a simple residential wall switch to an advanced architectural dimmer, control the brightness of the light source by reducing the power the fixture receives. The dimmer cuts part of the AC voltage allowing a limited and variable amount of the waveform…

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LED Lighting and Controls in the Curricular Economy

The Role of LED Lighting and Controls in the Circular Economy

The Role of LED Lighting and Controls in the Circular Economy As Earth’s environment continues to warm, there has been a growing realization that our current economic model is not sustainable. This realization is leading to new concepts that aim to minimize waste and promote sustainability. The “circular economy” is one of the new concepts.…

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The History of Architectural Lighting

The history of architectural lighting Architectural lighting design seeks to incorporate lighting systems to optimize light’s technical and visual properties within a structure. Scientific advancement in the impacts of light on mood, health, and building ergonomics has furthered advanced how architectural lighting is integrated into indoor and outdoor spaces. Architecture and light. An age-old partnership.…

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Creative and Innovative Uses of Lighting in Architecture

Creative and Innovative Uses of Lighting in Architecture Light dimming basics Lighting has always been an integral part of architecture. It provides illumination and influences the ambiance and mood of the environment. Over the years, architects and designers have experimented with lighting techniques to create innovative designs that capture the essence of the space. As…

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Boca Lighting and Controls cove lighting fixtures and wall grazing fixtures in a public cafe.

The Elegance and Versatility of Cove Lighting

The Elegance and Versatility of Cove Lighting Lighting is a fundamental aspect of interior design that can transform the mood and functionality of a space. Cove lighting, often hailed as versatile and subtle, has been gaining popularity in residential and commercial settings. In this blog, we’ll explore what cove lighting is, its applications in accentuating…

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LED accent strip lights in a hotel lobby accenting ceilings and walls. Boca Lighting and Controls.

Diving Deeper into DMX512 for Lighting Control

Diving Deeper into DMX512 for Lighting Control If you have ever witnessed the synchronization of music and light during a theater presentation or outdoor concert, you have seen DMX technology at work. Digital Multiplex technology is essential to modern lighting control systems, enabling technicians to manipulate the intensity, color, and movement of lighting fixtures with…

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LED strip lights illuminating a wall of glass display shelving for barware and wine coolers in a hotel private dining room. Boca Lighting and Controls

Bring Your Restaurant to Life With Lighting Design

Bring Your Restaurant to Life With Lighting Design Let us look at two separate vital facts about the hospitality environment. First, we must understand that these environments are unique, and second, they are designed to give a memorable experience for their guests. The five senses humans use to react within the space around them are…

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