These days, many people are using light emitting diode (LED) lights to illuminate their homes. LEDs emit more light per watt than incandescent light bulbs, and their efficiency is unaffected by shape and size, unlike flourescent light bulbs.
And although LEDs might be known most commonly for household use, architects and contractors have recently utilized them to light up enormous buildings. Cinimod Studio in London, a design firm that fuses together architecture and light design, designed the Peru National Stadium in Lima and used LED lights to reflect the mood of the spectators inside the building.The color, brightness and design varies and is decided using sound meters in the stadium's roof line.
In Shanghai during the city's world expo, approximately 40 miles of tubing filled with LEDs served as the foundation for the surface of UNStudio's Dream Cube pavilion. The color of the lights on the outside of the building was controlled by the movement of people inside the Cube. Inside, visitors took a 20-minute journey through the facade where they learned about Shanghai's history.
In China's neighboring country, Korea, architects and lighting providers incorporated 22,000 LED light points into the smooth 12,600 square meter surface of the UNStudio's Galleria Centercity Department Store. Software built into the building creates shimmering patterns and animations that turns on only at night.
Architecture firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners is responsible for incorporating LED lights into Las Areans design in Barcelona. The color and intensity of these luminaries can be adjusted to match different scenarios and events.
Whether you choose LED lighting to brighten your home, or a building you are designing, these luminaries are sure to make a big impact.