Townhill Farm is a centre of creative excellence. And I work here, too; though when Iï¿½m outside I have to go about with a badge that reads ï¿½Designer ï¿½ Bewareï¿½, just in case anyone mistakes me for an artist.
Iï¿½m just back from re-lamping my partnerï¿½s studio. She works with organic fabrics, natural dyes and exotic dyeing techniques, so colour rendering is a common subject for discussion around the dinner table, and itï¿½s usually my fault.
Her studio lighting is a simple array of single-lamp fluorescent battens, as originally designed by the creative electrician employed by our farming landlord. But thatï¿½s OK ï¿½ how else would you light an artistï¿½s studio other than to get maximum light spread with minimal shadowing? Yummy.
But while they may be good old workhorse battens, theyï¿½re probably the best equipped battens in Wessex, because theyï¿½re now fitted with 90 series cool daylight lamps. Itï¿½s not that the old 840 lamps were poor; we just didnï¿½t think they were quite good enough.
And this afternoon Iï¿½ll be nipping off to B&Q to pick up one of their multi-head GU10 spotlight units. This is for the studio lobby, which is beyond the pale with a crappy 2-D bulkhead. So thereï¿½s my job for tomorrow ï¿½ to fit one of the cheapest spotlight units in the west. And the lamps? Well, the unit will be fitted with the very latest in 5W LED lamps ï¿½ what else did you expect?
So this is how we go. Zero development in light fitting development (yes, I know the GU10 holder ainï¿½t old enough to vote, but letï¿½s go with the flow, shall we) but what fantastic developments in light source technology. Thus was it ever so.
When there's nothing in the catalogue
When is a chandelier not a pendant? When its a lantern!
When clients learn too much . . .
One of our details is missing
Where will light fittings come from?
The end of the light bulb?
Always something new . . . again
Always something new . . .
Combining old and new
Lighting Design - going FURTHER
On being in the dark . . .
Riffing The Internet of Things
Designing Without Downlights - redux
Who's been giving Luddism a Bad Name?
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HOME LIGHTING CONSULTANT
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BLOGS - CPD RIBA CORE PROGRAMME 2015
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BLOGS - SUSTAINABILITY
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CONDUIT (6) - Lighting for Winter Gardens
CONDUIT 5: Home Lighting - LED Lighting (2)
FX Magazine: Lighting Focus - Sustainability (Issue 258)
CONDUIT 4: Home Lighting - LED Lighting (1)
Can Smart Lighting Save The Planet?
CONDUIT 3: Home Lighting - The Bathroom
Can Lighting Save Us From Ourselves . . . NO!
CONDUIT 2: Home Lighting - The Dining Room