Lighting Designers? What do they do?
Most people aren't even aware of their existence. The truth
is, lighting designers can influence your well being more than
you may imagine. We don't tend to notice good design and
that's the way it should be. It could be argued that we are
all lighting designers. We use light in our homes every day.
We use dimmers to make them brighter or dark. We choose the
fittings we want. We can do it ourselves or call the local
Iain Henshaw designs from the heart. Many factors influence a design
and are conceived around ideas that bring warmth,
functionality and practicality into your life, light
where it should be not where it wants to be. There are certain
approaches to lighting design that are instrumental to the
process. The use of a particular space, it's not uncommon to
see kitchen lighting where the floors are beautifully lit and
there's a token effort to light the work surface,
bedrooms should be subtle, soft and warm. The projects that
are featured on this site all have explanations as to why a
particular approach was taken.
Other reasons to use a lighting designer is that they could be
classified as an energy saving device. Only using just the right amount
of light, often electricians have a habit,
particularly with down lights to install a 50W lamp when a 35
or 20 watt version would be more than adequate.
Now, how about the arsenal of weapons available to the
lighting designer in the form of lamps and fittings? As a
lighting designer it is imperative to stay at the forefront of
development and technology. Being able to advise why
incandescent lamps are being phased out and the aesthetic as
well as ecological reasons why compact fluorescent lamps are
not the future. What about LEDs they are everywhere at the
moment but, they have a long way to go and a good designer
will take the time to learn about all this technology and know
when to start to implement it. So next time you need good
advice about lighting don't ask an electrician take the time
to find a good lighting designer and stick with them.
Manhattan? No Lancaster
Colour and practical lighting was the brief for this
Autumn Joinery is a company I enjoy working with and when Gary
Broadley approached me with this showcase piece there was no
hesitation! It had to be discreet, practical and beautiful.
Obviously your going to be the final judges but we were highly
delighted with the end results.
The image above shows a kitchen /
dining room. There are four circuits of lighting for this room
all controlled by dimmers. This allows the user to create
lighting scenes to compliment the task to be undertaken.
During preparation the kitchen and work surfaces should be
bright and evenly lit, then once the meal is prepared the
lighting is turned down and the table is intimately lit. Not only can you create the mood
but you can save energy as well!
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