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ORA Kicks Off 2021 with 24th edition of ORA Shorts

All You Need to Know about Antimicrobial Finishes

We kicked off the New Year with our 24th edition of our ORA Shorts on January 14th. Vince Salaz, Sales Director at Kelvix gave us all the information we needed to know about Antimicrobial finishes for architectural lighting products. The finishes are a great solution for additional protection. Check out the video!

FGI Tunes into Healthcare Lighting Requirements plus Evo-Lite Updates

On January 28th, Douglas S. Erickson, CEO of the Facility Guidelines Institute, gave us the low-down on the current and next evolutions of the Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities, now split into multiple editions for inpatient, outpatient, and residential facilities.

Evo-Lite Director of Sales Michael Samborn highlighted the latest trends in backlighting. Look for fresh, creative application ideas, and explore techniques to “soften” a space using backlighting. Michael shared these strategies, some of the hottest trends in educational and retail, and a perfect solution in health and wellness settings.

Evo-Lite Introduces TRAX™
An Innovative Reticular Backlighting System

A revolutionary leap forward in the medium to large-scale backlighting segment, Evo-Lite’s TRAX debuts with industry-leading color rendering, customizability, and installation simplicity.

The 24V TRAX System introduces a wealth of features to a lighting product segment that has seen little to no innovation in the past decade. Featuring powerful brightness, responsible energy-efficiency, field-customizability, and crystal clear color rendering (95+), the TRAX system is everything you’ve been looking for in a medium to large-scale lighting product. Installing TRAX could not be easier with built-in mounting holes or with the use of the time-saving Rail Mounting Kit. No learning curve required!

Available in: Single Color White, Tunable White, RGB + White, and SCW with Lens.  LEARN MORE »

Field Customizable  |  Simple Installation  |  Energy-Efficient Illumination  |  UL Listing, IP65 rated, CE compliant, and RoHS compliant  |  Crystal Clear Color  |  Low Current Consistency

For more information on TRAX backlighting system solutions, contact us at 212.577.2552 or email us at O’Blaney Rinker

Evo-Lite’s Expands Auragami with Tunable White and RGBW

The Auragami Flexible LED Light Sheet by Evo-Lite first hit the market in 2018 and was quickly recognized as one of the industry’s best lighting tools — becoming an IES Progress Report 2019 selection and Sapphire Awards finalist. Over 20,000 light sheets were sold in the first full year with ZERO reported failures. Auragami has been specified and installed in thousands of projects across the world.

This award-winning Light Sheet line has been updated this July with Tunable White (2700K-6500K) and RGBW (5300K). These expanded options deliver the same performance, efficiency, customization, and ease-of-use that have made Auragami one of the finest light sheets available. More »

Tunable White | 2700K–6500K

Auragami Tunable White offers a powerful adjustable range from 2700K relaxing warm white to 6500K energizing bright white.

RGBW | RGB+ 5300K White

Auragami RGBW can render over 4 billion colors! Cuttable LED groups, IP65 Wet Location Rating, and UL Listing that is maintained when cut!


Tight LED Pitch
Up to 664 LEDs per square foot with each diode consuming leess than 0.03 watts

Ultra Bright
With 1100 lumens per sheet, Auragami provides the perfect balance of lumen efficiency, brightness, and LED pitch.

Superb Color Rendering
Render colors in vibrant detail with a consistent CRI up to 95+

Close Proximity Backlighting
Evenly backlight certain materials with as little as 3/8″ (9.5mm) of clearance

Simple Installations
Shape Auragami to size right on the job site for a perfect fit

Plug & Play Connections
Simple plug-in connections accessories are engineered to connect sheets together

Customize CCT, voltage, size, shape, LED pitch, connectors, lensing, and more

Long Lifespan
Auragami consistent performance over its 50,000 hour rated life

Advanced 5-Year Warranty
Evo-Lite stands behind their products with an advanced 5-year warranty

Watch ORA Short with Evo-Lite to Learn More About Auragami

For more information on Auragami and other Evo-Lite products, contact us at 212.577.2552 or email us at O’Blaney Rinker

Backlighting Countertops: Techniques to Light Drop Edges

Evo-Lite, a leader in backlighting education, solutions and support, offers their knowledge on techniques that ensure that countertop front edges match in brightness to the top surface.   
Block & Float Technique    
This Block and Float technique called “Spine and Ribs” floats the countertop above the light source. In this case, the light panel is sized to fit the top of the substrate. Then strips of a clear material, such as ¾” clear acrylic are assembled to create a support system. This framework evenly distributes the weight of the countertop without blocking the light from the panel below.   
Nesting Technique  

The nesting technique utilizes slender light panels running horizontally to illuminate the drop aprons. Correctly sizing the light panels becomes paramount. This technique requires several panels, each with their own power input, and possibly with light balancing needs, complicating the install.
When using foldable and cuttable light sheets, one needs to consider which fold line on the light sheet will best suit the height of the apron and ensure that the additional area that’s needed for that height is included in the total square footage.
Diffusion Layer Technique
Adding a clear diffusion layer allows light to transmit through to the top surface, while also horizontally channeling light to the drop apron surfaces. The clear layer also supports the weight of the countertop. This method ensures a very stable system and is simpler than the previous two since there is only one sheet of additional material and it’s easy to size. 
Whether a countertop is in a hospitality, retail, or residential environment, these three techniques apply, and sometimes are used in combination.  

Call us at (212) 577-2552 or email info@oblaneyrinker.com for more information


O’Blaney Rinker is Pleased to Announce Representation for Evo-Lite

Established in 2005, Evo-Lite is a leader in advanced light system integration for use in backlighting translucent surfaces for architectural, healthcare, hospitality, residential, luxury, retail, kiosks, signage and display applications.

Integration specialties include static and dynamic LED Light Panels in White, RGB and CCT, LED Component fixtures, and Programmable Dynamic Digital Displays.

At the Country Club Towers in Denver, this reception desk features tunable white light panels backlighting honey onyx. CCT adjustable, Tunable White LED light panels provide light between 2700K and 6500K.

The Cedar Rapids Public Library includes multiple LumiSheet™ installations combined with DMX and motion controls to create dynamic displays. The building achieved LEED Platinum certification and in 2014 won an IES Merit Award, AIA Merit Award and ASHRAE’s 1st Place Technology Award (Midwest region).

LumiSheet™ panels were used to backlight colored glass panels creating this stunning mosaic and eye-catching entrance to Lago, a Milanese-inspired restaurant situated inside the Bellagio in Las Vegas

At KPMG in Chicago, LumiSheet with its very slim profile illuminated strips on the walls of the lobby casting enough even light and devoid of hot spots. 

Evo-Lite Introduces Auragami™ Flexible LED Light Sheet

The high LED density (330 LEDs per square foot) combined with decreased individual LED brightness, eliminates hot spots and “dotting,” and allows for as little as 3/8″ of clearance between the Light Sheet and the translucent material.  
Its unique power distribution grid allows you to cut groups, or even single LEDs, from the flexible sheet while maintaining a resilient circuit to the remaining diodes. Cut lines-diagonally and along both axes-maximize on-site customization. Light Sheets can be folded over countertop edges and other multi-plane elements, and wrapped around columns and other curved surfaces. They are UL Listed and suitable for dry, damp, and wet location use. Download specs >  

Visit evo-lite.com and call O’Blaney Rinker at (212) 577-2552 or email info@oblaneyrinker.com
for information on how Evo-Lite can help you on your next project!