LED luminaires advance in light quality and style (MAGAZINE)

In this article, Maury Wright covers some of the latest LED luminaires ranging from designs that integrate into the architecture to products with unprecedented optical and directional control. Lighting designers and specifiers working on architectural lighting projects have an ever-increasing selection of LED- and OLED-based luminaires to choose from, enabling a layered approach to lighting with pleasing ambience and impactful task lighting where needed. The latest solid-state lighting (SSL) products bring even more to indoor projects, however, with LED and OLED sources enabling luminaire designs in all new form factors. Meanwhile, the constant improvement in LED sources means that the latest luminaires deliver outstanding light quality and color rendering, and often even the ability to support tunable white point. In this article, MAURY WRIGHT covers some of the latest SSL products ranging from designs that integrate into the architecture to products with unprecedented optical and directional control. Linear pendants are a mainstay of indoor commercial lighting projects, yet such workhorse products have not necessarily been considered stylish in many cases. But SSL sources are ...

Widely considered the most popular oceanfront summer destination on Long Island, Jones Beach is internationally famous

Widely considered the most popular oceanfront summer destination on Long Island, Jones Beach is internationally famous for its sprawling white sand shoreline — but it is a lot more than just a park. Besides the many attractions at Jones Beach State Park, which is full of hidden surprises, the other two-thirds of Jones Beach Island has a variety of waterfront bars and restaurants, a half-dozen smaller parks, three residential communities, and vast stretches of untouched nature. “It’s an extraordinary public asset for all of us who live within reach of it,” says Malcolm MacKay, head of the Jones Beach Rescue Organization, a nonprofit group that fundraises to help preserve the park. “Jones Beach is just a wonderful resource. It’s wild and beautiful.” At 17 miles long, Jones Beach Island is the second lengthiest of the four narrow barrier islands that protect the South Shore of Long Island from the Atlantic Ocean. With about 350 homes, it’s also the least populated of LI’s barrier beaches. Ocean Parkway runs nearly the full length of the island and connects to causeways at either end linking it to mainland LI. The barrier beach straddles the Nassau-Suffolk county line and three tow...