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#116843 - 05/01/04 04:43 AM Do I Have Bad Taste?
electure Offline

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Registered: 12/24/00
Posts: 4226
Loc: Fullerton, CA USA
Before you all just say "YES", give me a second..
I was asked to put in some task lighting at a large office. The fixtures are cable hung 4 lamp units with parabolic lenses. They're being installed with "950" series lamps that have a very high color index (CRI) for "true" colors.

Anyhow, I was stopped and asked if we could use a more "asthetically pleasing" fixture, like the galvanized tin ones they've already got (that I wouldn't put in a dog house).








Do you like this "Stylish style" of office?

To me it just looks like Dr. Seuss never finished his job, and what's more, they probably paid extra to have it done this way.
(Oh, and BTW, the gal that confronted me had a hairdo that looked like somebody turned a pack of coyotes loose after a rabbit on her head)


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#116844 - 05/01/04 05:27 AM Re: Do I Have Bad Taste?
Electricmanscott Offline
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Registered: 01/12/02
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***Disclaimer*** No offense intended. Bad taste? Can't really tell with this little amount of info. Closed minded, not open to others ideas or sense of design? Maybe. I think this looks great. You were looking for an honest answer right?

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#116845 - 05/01/04 06:10 AM Re: Do I Have Bad Taste?
richard Offline
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Registered: 08/07/03
Posts: 84
Loc: L.I. New York
it looks kind of dark for a firm that works with blue prints all day. I wonder how many of the employees have strong eyeglass presciptions.

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#116846 - 05/01/04 06:29 AM Re: Do I Have Bad Taste?
electure Offline

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Scott,
Sure I want an honest opinion!
I know darn well that I'm an old curmudgeon, and I'm not always receptive to new ideas.
(I still can't hold a conversation with a guy that has a tongue piercing and green hair without laughing, either.)

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#116847 - 05/01/04 09:35 AM Re: Do I Have Bad Taste?
George Corron Offline
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Registered: 05/16/01
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Loc: Lorton, Va USA
In a way, I agree with e-manscott, I think it looks OK, but I would like to see an fc on the area, it appears dark to me also. I tend to have this argument a lot about dark areas though, MAY have something to do with my thick bi-focals.

(I still can't hold a conversation with a guy that has a tongue piercing and green hair without laughing, either.)

And THAT is why I don't post my picture here!!!!!

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#116848 - 05/01/04 10:40 AM Re: Do I Have Bad Taste?
Mike Wescoatt Offline
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Registered: 06/17/01
Posts: 164
Loc: Cedar City, Utah
Personally I like seeing the mechanical in many spaces. In my latest office I had them not install the drop ceiling because the electricians' pipework was a work of art. I have added some LED based color changing light fixtures and I can change the mood of the room instantly. Depending on the space I really like no ceiling. Meeting rooms, yeah sure; open drafting floors, nah.
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#116849 - 05/01/04 10:47 AM Re: Do I Have Bad Taste?
Nick Offline
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Registered: 08/13/01
Posts: 603
Loc: Riverside, CA
Scott,
This wouldn't happen to be in the City of Commerce would it? It looks awful familiar.

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#116850 - 05/01/04 03:37 PM Re: Do I Have Bad Taste?
Jps1006 Offline
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Registered: 01/22/04
Posts: 609
Loc: Northern IL
I don't mind the style of the office, I think the look can be very cool if done in the right place. From the pics though, I can't tell if I would consider this the right place. I'd have to stand there to make up my mind if the look fits what they're going for, or if they are trying to cram a trendy look for the wrong application. From what I can see in the pics, I wouldn't be suprised if I walked out of there thinking "nice try guys".

I'm wondering if those indirect uplights would prefer to have a white ceiling above them to reflect those lumens back down. Again, I think I'd have to be there.

Hey, next time your there, Electure, see if you can sneak a picture of that hairdo.

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#116851 - 05/02/04 11:26 AM Re: Do I Have Bad Taste?
iwire Offline
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Registered: 01/05/03
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Loc: North Attleboro, MA USA
Originally posted by electure:
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I still can't hold a conversation with a guy that has a tongue piercing and green hair without laughing, either.)




Click on photo for large version.

Scott, come on you would not take this guy seriously.

I don't think you have bad taste we have some customers that have office space at least that ugly.

Bob



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#116852 - 05/15/04 05:49 PM Re: Do I Have Bad Taste?
John Steinke Offline
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Registered: 04/03/01
Posts: 509
Loc: Reno,Nv., USA
That's what I hate about lighting jobs- what I choose you may not like. It's really important to get the customer involved in not only selecting the fixtures, but in identifying what his goals/needs are.

This is a good example of 'lighting confusion.' The parabolics are great where there are concerns about glare bouncing off monitors- but while they deliver loads of light to the desktops, the room often has a "cave-like" ambiance.

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