Verified by Lighting Facts

August 13, 2015

Branch, Mori, Akoya, and Monocle fixtures are now verified by Lighting Facts.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) created the LED Lighting Facts program to assure decision makers that the performance of solid-state lighting (SSL) products is represented accurately as products reach the market. Sensitive to the setbacks that plagued consumer adoption of other new technologies, DOE developed the LED Lighting Facts program to manage user expectations and prevent the exaggerated performance claims that are often prevalent with new technologies.


RBW Visits Cooper Hewitt's DesignPrep!

July 30, 2015

Last Week, the Rich Brilliant Willing team headed to the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum to man a session in the museum’s Design Prep, a summer-long program for teens. We handed a few budding designers the tools to create their own lighting and let them work their magic. The results were nothing less than illuminating!


"What kind of lamp are you making?"

"A burrito" (laughing), Atash going into 11th grade




Open Studio 2015

July 13, 2015

Thank you to all who joined the RBW production team to get a look into American made design.

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Introducing Queue

May 15, 2015

Queue is a linear LED pendant system with limitless potential, designed for flexible installation and an inviting presence. These 44-inch, 1600-lumen modular bars of light connect via linear sliding joints and hang from stainless steel wire loops, allowing for custom compositions tailored to the needs of the space. Units can be oriented either upwards or downwards in order to cast respective soft or direct lighting. Originally conceived as an answer to the monotony of workplace systems, Queue exudes a welcoming light and rich beauty in the subtle, rounded facets of its surface. Ultimately, the finished product goes as well in a bar or dining room as it does in the office.

ICFF 2015: Visit RBW at Booth 1826

May 11, 2015

Visit RBW's 5th showing at ICFF with designers Theo Richardson, Charles Brill and Alexander Williams.

View all collections and new additions at booth 1826 at the Jacob K. Javits Center, May 16–19. 

Euroluce 2015

April 21, 2015

This past week our team showed our best and brightest at Euroluce 2015 in Milan, Italy.

Designers Theo Richardson, Alexander Williams and Charles Brill gave a first look at two new products, Crisp and Queue as well as Radient, Monocle, Palindrome and Mori.

Meet us in Milan: Euroluce Hall 13 Stand G08

April 09, 2015

Stand G08, Hall 13
Fiera Milano Rho. Milan Italy

We believe in the power of light to create atmosphere.

A linear system with limitless potential. Connect end to end, light up or down, warm or cool. Create minimal lines overhead, or draw attention to a staggered rail of illumination.

A predominantly cast glass wall or ceiling fixture, with the wavy lines of a potato chip.

our modular chandelier of sculptural form combines expression and movement, at Spazio Rossana Orlandi: Via Matteo Bandello 14-16, upstairs.

Will be exhibited alongside some of the world’s most respected designers, artists, craftsmen and manufacturers all dedicated to the art of gastronomy and entertaining. Wallpaper Handmade: Via San Gregorio 43.

Light: Wave and Particle

March 05, 2015

Research scientists have achieved the first ever pictorial evidence that light can simultaneously behave as a particle and as a wave.

The concept of photons -- that is, particles of light -- has been around since 1905, explained by Albert Einstein as the "photoelectric" effect. This effect occurs when light hits a metal surface, causing that metal surface to emit photoelectrons. However, the behaviour of these electrons could not be accounted for if the light was a wave -- it only made sense if the light was made up of particles.

It has been since demonstrated that light behaves as both. It has been observed behaving as a wave, and it has been observed behaving as a particle -- although it had never, until now, been directly observed doing both at the same time.

The achievement has been made by researchers at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, led by Fabrizio Carbone -- employing a novel technique that uses electrons to image light.

"This experiment demonstrates that, for the first time ever, we can film quantum mechanics -- and its paradoxical nature -- directly," Carbone said.

AC LED - What you need to know.

February 25, 2015

AC LED technology and light engines connecting directly to high voltage AC power infrastructures which provide a both lower maintenance, and ease of dimmablity.  Below are two main topics of benefit:

Removing the DC driver from an LED light engine provides several very significant advantages – apart from the obvious one of eliminating one of the major cost elements in any lamp. An AC LED light engine, having substantially fewer components over DC, is smaller, more reliable and dims naturally with the ubiquitous phase cut dimmer.

Driver electronics presents a reliability issue – particularly in the constrained space of small form factor lamps. To compress the electronics into a small space requires compromise on the size and capability of components as well as the sophistication of the design. That coupled with the significant and sustained temperature at which the driver has to operate (>80 deg C) means that reliability and performance can be severely impacted. In larger lamps and fixtures, improved reliability is achieved with the cost of increased electronics and complexity.

In Summary
AC LEDs can deliver savings and benefits in the design of lamps and fixtures for both low and line voltage applications.  Simplified manufacturing and assembly will contribute to that momentum. The reliability, dimming and space saving benefits of AC LED technology add significant value to the use of AC LEDs in the emerging volume lighting markets, ensuring AC LEDs will have an increasingly important role to play in the growth of energy efficient affordable lamps and fixtures.

Upcoming chance to meet a Nobel Prize winning Physicist

January 28, 2015

Overview and Q&A with Dr. Shuji Nakamura, 2014 Nobel Prize winner in Physics, covering the technology roadmap since the creation of the blue LED. A discussion about the history of LED technology from his early work which led to the Nobel Prize to today’s GaN which will lead to the next wave of Solid State Lighting.

2014 Nobel Prize winner Shuji Nakamura may have single-handedly changed the technological face of the world. His discovery of p-type doping in Gallium Nitride (GaN) and development of blue, green and white light emitting diodes (LEDs) and blue laser diodes (LDs) has enabled energy-efficient, solid-state lighting used in displays, medicine and the next generation of Blu-Ray optical storage. Now, Dr. Nakamura’s inventions are poised to replace Thomas Edison’s light bulb and save the world billions of dollars in energy costs.

More info from LightFair May 5-7 Javits Center NYC