During week 6 of my internship at Kentucky Lighting I have been able to learn more and more about lighting. For Joe’s lighting class, we went on a field trip to Switch in Cincinnati, which is was extremely interesting. The reason that I bring this up is because it was very interesting to compare a lighting showroom in Cincinnati vs a lighting showroom in Lexington. Switch had many contemporary fixtures such that were LED integrated, and at Kentucky lighting there is contemporary fixtures, but the majority of the showroom is a traditional or restoration style of fixtures. The reasoning for this is because the market in downtown Cincinnati is so much different than here in Lexington. In Lexington, the client base is mainly residential that are looking for fixtures for a traditional style home. We do have clients who want modern, but the majority is traditional. In downtown Cincinnati however, the majority of people coming in were wanting to have that modern type of lighting. Joe explained how even different neighborhoods in Chicago have completely different styles of fixtures in their showrooms. It is very interesting to see the culture of the location of the showroom come out in the fixtures that they display.
This week, there were again many clients that I helped assist while I was at work. There were a few clients who wanted to purchase exterior wall mounted lights that were motion censored. Kentucky Lighting does not actually carry products that have motion censors integrated within. However, we do carry a product that is a motion censor that can be placed on the wall, and then the fixture would be placed on top of that. The lighting fixture will be wired to this censor, making the lighting fixture motion censored. This is a creative solution so the clients can have a high quality lighting fixture that is also motion censored. A huge trend in residential lighting is under cabinet lighting. I have not had too much exposure to this technology, but this Saturday I got a crash course. We had a client come in where she wanted under cabinet lighting that was LED and could all be wired to the same switch. When I first showed her our products she though that they were fluorescent, but all of our under cabinets are in fact LED. Then one of my co-workers, Lee, explained to her that she could choose from two different color temperatures (2700k-3000k), and that all of them could be wired to the same switch. Learning about under cabinets and in depth about how they work was very important to my base of lighting knowledge. Below are photos of some of the LED under cabinet lighting the Kentucky Lighting offers.