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Butterflies, Summertime and Designer Outdoor Lighting

LED and the Butterfly

Highlight the Best of Summer 2013

16036bbr27-Kichler LED wall light

“Studies on the reflection and scattering of light by the scales on wings of Swallowtail Butterflies led to the innovation of more efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs).”—Wikipedia

15742azt Kichler Design Pro LED outdoor flood light

Alexai Erchak, while a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is credited with developing the first prototype high efficient LED in 2001.  These LEDs use specialized mirrors and tiny photonic crystals to generate more usable light from the semiconductor materials.  Erchak observed that the Swallowtail butterfly highlights their fluorescent blue and green colors with a natural illumination much like that of his specialized prototype, and he was astounded at the similarity between the natural brightening structures in the butterfly’s wings and his own LEDs.

So much we learn from nature! The appeal of new designer outdoor lighting captures the essence of natural beauty and wonders of the world.  es31936-fbz Designers Fountain Oudoor post lampMake way for the butterflies and new designer outdoor lighting.

Designer Outdoor Lighting and the Butterfly Effect

49250agzled Kichler dark sky od wall lightThe “butterfly effect” is a phenomenon or belief that the flapping of a butterfly’s wings in one sector of the universe may be related to a tornado occurring in another part of the world. Could it be possible that the gentle vibrations in the wings of a butterfly could be the pivotal mechanism that leads to the ultimate surge of a storm cloud?  Is it science fiction or is there some truth to it?

Either way, there is no denying that the effect of designer outdoor lighting significantly increases the beauty and property value of our home.  And, the latest designs are eco-friendly, sustainable and made to last.

Bask in the splendor of summer style with these super natural compositions.

bh-14tl Berkely hanging lantern from Arroyo Craftsman

Novel summer finishes include this Raw Copper with iridescent glass from Arroyo Crafsman.  Arroyo Craftsman designs and manufactures fine outdoor lighting that honors the traditions of elegant simplicity combined with a quality craftsmanship established by the founders of the American Arts and Crafts movement. Arroyo’s designer outdoor lights are inspired by famed styles such as the California Mission, Swiss Chalet and English Tudor. Each piece from Arroyo Craftsman is meticulously hand crafted in the United States and available with several hand applied finish and glass options.

Celebrate summer highlights with designer outdoor lighting…and designer outdoor seating, too!

04095 Cyan Design butterfly bench


Glowing Butterflies Shine With Natural LEDs

John Roach
for National Geographic News

November 17, 2005