Lighting designer Leni Schwendinger of Light Projects LTD—whose motto is Fusing Art + Design With Light—has designed the Jewel-Light Luminaire to add sparkle outdoor lighting. Using energy saving LED technology, from Lighting Science Group Corporation, the Jewel-Light Luminaire provides an artistic touch to enhance architecture and urban infrastructure while reducing costs and offering an alternative to traditionally utilitarian lighting.

“I wanted to develop a beautiful, practical, forward-thinking and sustainable solution for new and retrofit markets that translates into massive cost savings and beautification for cities,” said Schwendinger. “My design firm was able to do this with critical support from Lighting Science who developed and manufactured the luminaire.”

New Yorkers can see the Jewel-Light in Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan throughout the holiday season, and until the end of January 2010. The Jewel-Light comes in cool white diamond, vivid ruby red, royal amethyst purple, deep sapphire blue, and lush emerald green, with 24 LEDs that use only 28 watts of energy and has a rated life of 50,000 hours.

“We are proud to be able to offer this lighting solution to the infrastructure and architecture community,“ said Zach Gibler, CEO, Lighting Science Group Corporation. “It combines the aesthetic with the functional and delivers a replacement for antiquated and utilitarian fixtures and opens up a world of new design opportunities. The Jewel-Light is a sustainable solution that provides exceptional energy savings and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.”

A lively and informative speaker, Schwendinger has two upcoming lectures to kick off the New Year:

January 28, 2010: Acuity Hydrel Seminar, New York City: Luminous Landscapes; an Artist’s Approach to Design

March 1, 2010: Herberger Institute at Arizona State University, Tempe: Creativity and Innovation across Design and the Arts