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Design Spotlight: Controlling Summer Sun

Design Spotlight: Controlling Summer Sun

Summer heat can be rough, and solar heat gain can be a building's enemy during the hottest parts of the year. From making building occupants uncomfortable to putting stresses on HVAC systems, it can be a detriment to a building's performance. Perhaps the best way to control solar heat gain is with a daylighting system that offers built-in light diffusion, allowing for sunlight to brighten a space while keeping hot-spots at bay. From translucent panel systems like our Guardian 275®, LightBasic™ and Clima-Tite™ systems to IlluminPC™ polycarbonate multi-wall systems, we have your translucent daylighting needs covered.

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Using controls to personalize shading systems

Using controls to personalize shading systems

A plethora of choices exist when it comes to customizing window shades. From color combinations and openness factor to panels built to fit individual window specs and environmental benefits, window shades are one of the most customizable design solutions you can find. And they add a personalized touch, especially when it comes to their controls. Control systems give users the ability to personalize shades to their needs and preferences. Here are just a few examples of how the right shade control system can create a custom experience.

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Commercial landscape lighting

Commercial landscape lighting

With landscape lighting, not only can you illuminate pathways and add an element of safety and security, you can artistically call attention to things that may be over looked at night, adding a new dimension to your space. TerraCast®'s line of landscape lighting options are ideal for both commercial and residential application because of the beauty, durability and longevity of resin.

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LuxCore FRP Fusion Wall Panels by Decorative Ceiling Tiles

LuxCore FRP Fusion Wall Panels by Decorative Ceiling Tiles

LuxCore are translucent panels that pass sanitary codes and are easy to clean. Therefore, it is suitable for wet environments such as commercial kitchens and baths. LuxCore resists scratching and is highly durable, making it perfect Wall protection in high traffic areas.

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Kalwall in the Manufacturing Market

Kalwall in the Manufacturing Market

Daylighting is essential to any modern manufacturing facility as a proven way to increase productivity. Incorporating diffused natural daylight challenges architects to find creative ways to design aesthetically pleasing, yet functional and, in many cases, secure and protected spaces. Kalwall allows that creativity while meeting the most demanding manufacturing requirements for areas that need high visual acuity and visual privacy, in addition to reducing maintenance and energy costs.

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How Ambient Light Rejection (ALR) works: clearing the confusion

How Ambient Light Rejection (ALR) works: clearing the confusion

Ambient light rejection (ALR) projection screen technology has been around for a while now. Despite this, there is some confusion in the AV marketplace as to how ALR works. Some of this confusion is caused by manufacturers making inaccurate claims or promoting non-ALR surfaces as a solution. To help clear the confusion, here are some things to remember about ambient light rejection:

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Your Guide to Salt Resistant Outdoor Lighting Fixtures

Your Guide to Salt Resistant Outdoor Lighting Fixtures

Salt resistant outdoor lighting fixtures are life changing, especially in coastal environments with high salinity levels. Moisture and salinity are incredibly harsh on lighting fixtures and other outdoor furnishings, especially those made of porous materials. Moisture creates enough issues for lighting fixtures, but add salt to the mix and corrosion sets in even faster. Without salt resistant outdoor lighting fixtures, you’ll be replacing lighting poles and other fixtures in no time.

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7 Types of landscape lighting your property could benefit from

7 Types of landscape lighting your property could benefit from

Complete landscape lighting should include a variety of fixtures with unique intended purposes, including path lighting, up lighting, shadow lighting, and so forth. We offer every type of landscape lighting you could think of—plus, our fixtures are durable, long lasting, and made right here in the USA!

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Blue polycarbonate translucent wall system for Gap in Times Square NYC

Blue polycarbonate translucent wall system for Gap in Times Square NYC

The new Gap store in Times Square, NYC is clad in EXTECH's LIGHTWALL 3440. Nearly 5,000 square feet, the blue polycarbonate panels are a custom hue that matches Gap's color palette.

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Design spotlight: daylighting for privacy

Design spotlight: daylighting for privacy

When we talk about daylighting, the first thing that comes to mind is often the image of natural light pouring into a space... but what happens when you need to bring light to a area that also demands privacy?

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Translucent Panels | Chesapeake Boathouse, Oklahoma City

Translucent Panels | Chesapeake Boathouse, Oklahoma City

The Chesapeake Boathouse shows the design capabilities of combining translucent cellular polycarbonate with glass vision panels.

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LumiSplash™ Decorative Laminates with LED Edge Lighting

LumiSplash™ Decorative Laminates with LED Edge Lighting

LumiSplash is a patent pending, multilayered, ultra-thin 1/4″ (6mm) decorative laminate that emits light evenly across its surface and has impressive impact, scratch, chemical, and abrasion resistant properties. LumiSplash is:

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Stagescreen Portable Projection Screen®

Stagescreen Portable Projection Screen®

In response to requests from leading AV rental dealers, the StageScreen® is a totally new concept in projection screen design. It is designed specifically to be flown, but can also be used with legs. Either way, it is the strongest and most rigid screen on the market.

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Visual Blog: Kalwall in the Cultural Market

Visual Blog: Kalwall in the Cultural Market

The right light is essential to experience and enhance the viewing of art, and Kalwall® has become the preferred choice of architects to provide museum-quality daylighting™ for cultural projects worldwide.

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Lake Avenue light poles restoration - Pasadena, California

Lake Avenue light poles restoration - Pasadena, California

This light pole was originally installed in the City of Pasadena in the early 1920s. Its design consists of intricately detailed cast iron sections. After 85 years of service the need for additional light poles down Pasadena's famous Lake Avenue Drive became apparent. Representatives with the city expressed a desire to duplicate this early design and provide a period luminaire cast in solid bronze. Our in-house pattern and machine shop recreated the cast iron foundry tooling needed for an exact replication. Each section of the iron casting was sand blasted and several layers of paint removed revealed the raw iron casting.

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Global warming: how architects & building owners can prepare the world

Global warming: how architects & building owners can prepare the world

With the effects of global warming upon us, architects and building owners need to mitigate its impact in the built environment. This is not a new idea, but the necessity for design that protects against volatile weather, rising temperatures, and insect-borne diseases is now more pressing than ever. Last year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers created the Building Resilience website, a tool that connects community planners, home builders, architects, and engineers with building science, climate data, and community resilience resources. This is crucial information designers and building owners need if they want to confront the effects of climate change. As daylighting manufacturers, we have some thoughts on how daylighting can be used to reduce the impact of global warming on the built environment.

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Finally a Hands Free Solution to Stop Bathroom Mold with the New Enhanced Broan® InVent™ Series

Finally a Hands Free Solution to Stop Bathroom Mold with the New Enhanced Broan® InVent™ Series

Bathroom fans are great at fighting moisture which can lead to mold, but only if used properly. Broan’s innovative Sensaire Sense-on-Rise Technology is now available on the InVentTM Series ventilation fans. Homeowners can now have a worry free solution for excess humidity combined with the great InVent features.

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Creating the perfectly flat viewing surface

Creating the perfectly flat viewing surface

One of the most important elements of creating the ultimate projected image is having the flattest viewing surface possible. Great contrast, brightness, and vivid and correct colors are important, but without a perfectly flat surface those attributes of a great picture don’t matter. Who knew a series of small tabs could be so important to having a beautiful picture, and a durable product?

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Great thermal performance + corrosion resistance = Clima-Tite™ translucent wall systems with fiberglass framing

Great thermal performance + corrosion resistance = Clima-Tite™ translucent wall systems with fiberglass framing

Clima-Tite™ features pultruded fiberglass support members for a new level of thermal performance and condensation resistance.

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UNO Helix / Spiral large scale LED fixtures

UNO Helix / Spiral large scale LED fixtures

HELIX is a 3, 4, and 5-foot vertical corkscrew of light suspended in cylindrical space. SPIRAL is a flat, wall/ceiling surface mount, gradually widening 5-foot diameter coil of light. Both feature efficient Nichia 90 CRI, 3000, 3500, and 4000K white LED chips, and are designed for spacious interiors with high ceilings.

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EXTECH offers LIGHTWALL 3440 translucent wall system with three new glazing options (May 15, 2017), Kalwall Panels featured in “Amoeba Wall,” MIT design team’s award-winning project (March 20, 2017), Global changes in construction: Kalwall's insights from BAU (March 1, 2017), Is polycarbonate the future of architecture? (February 2, 2017), Easily Earn AIA Learning Units | EXTECH, Inc. (January 6, 2017), How To Avoid The Most Common Problems With Commercial Lampposts (December 30, 2016), 5 Crazy Modern Glass Wall Partition Ideas for a Loft Apartment (October 17, 2016), Color Rendering Index: Why It’s important in Outdoor Lighting (September 23, 2016), Make your buildings look good with uniquely designed polycarbonate products for building exteriors (September 19, 2016), Delray LED Circles: Uno • Dos • Cylindro I/II/III (September 14, 2016), The Role of LEDs in Outdoor Lighting Design (June 27, 2016), Turn your backyard into a haven (June 15, 2016), The Rise of Outdoor Lighting: Enhancing Aesthetics and Extending Entertainment (May 26, 2016), How To Upgrade Light Poles With Decorative Bases (May 19, 2016), Another Award-Winner: Verti-kal™ and the John Fry Sports Park Pavilion (April 22, 2016), Broan NuTone invents new mosquito barriers for decks (April 13, 2016), Maglin has collaborated with Philips Lumec to offer a design-integrated line of sustainable site furniture (February 17, 2016), Kalwall Featured: Guide Dogs for the Blind New Student Residence (December 30, 2015), 10 Major Benefits To Installing LED Tree Ring Lighting (December 9, 2015), BP Bright Lights (November 25, 2015), Reeder Illuminated Sign (November 23, 2015), DesignRail® Lighting Kits - See the night in a whole new light! (October 16, 2015), Custom Support Structure Delivers 4D Mapping Images (October 9, 2015), Light your way with environmentally friendly solar lighting bollards (April 20, 2015)