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my lighting design

    My Lighting Design How a lighting designer works: I work as an independent lighting designer; and that means that my income is derived entirely from fee-based appointments. I don't sell light fittings and I don't install them. That means that my sole focus is in producing the best possible design for my client. Ideally, my design contract would be directly with the client, though there are occasions when it's deemed preferable for me to 'belong...

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My Lighting Projects - A Review I made a decision at the beginning of my career as an independent lighting designer that I was NOT going to become a specialist in any one project sector. I believed that the experience gained on any one project would go on to inform my future design thinking – and that’s exactly what happened. And besides, in 1984 the lighting designer was still a rare sight to see around the project design table – so just being a lighting designer was specia...

biography

Biography As my mother used to say: "If I'd known then what I know now . . . " I might have paid more attention. Leaving school to train to become an electrical engineer did not provide me with any insight that, just fourteen years later, I'd begin the process that has established the reputation of the person you see before you today. Looking back, my career fits rather too neatly into three phases: 1970 - 1984: learning the ropes. I trained and worked as an ele...

The coach house video 1

A lighting adventure in Sherborne: This series of video diaries describes what happened when we moved our home and workplace to a converted coach-house on the edge of the beautiful town of Sherborne in Dorset.                           This photo of Sherborne is courtesy of TripAdvisor Videos will be added from end-April 2013 at the rate of one per month, to coincide with pub...

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Writing about Sustainability I think most of my friends and colleagues in the lighting industry know that, as well as producing Fine Lighting Design, I also carry a soap-box around with me with 'SUSTAINABILITY' carved into the side of it.  Its a soap-box that sees a lot of use. There is so much commentary being published on the subject that sometimes I feel we need to take a step back, ask whether its relevant to what we're trying to do, and let everyone know what I think ...

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Office lighting: Sometimes its very simple

The brief is straightforward - "can you find us a light fixture to highlight the graphics that look out from our building through the main entrance?" If you know what the outcome is meant to be, its only a case of finding the best fixture for doing the job. Here we can see the graphics panel lit by a single LED spotlight mounted about 5m above the floor. The right fixture for the job. A lovely part of being a lighting designer is being able to wade through all the marketing chaff...

Introducing The Light Review

There are skills that a lighting designer accumulates across the years, and one of those is the ability to look at a light fitting and decide whether its worth the effort of specifying it or not. I'm hoping to make use of those skills via a new venture, The Light Review. Its an on-line review facility that will enable other designers to make an assessment of new product. But this won't just be me writing a review about a new fitting - how very 20th century is that (!). No - this will ...

The Life and Times of the LED - Article 1

I've been writing about the curious, sometimes strained, relationship that exists between LED lighting and Sustainability issues - with some surprising finds. Thanks are due to LUX magazine for the original commission of ten articles, beginning in October 2013 and due to complete in August 2014. Its been a bit of a blast. The first article 'The Heat Is On' looks at how the make-up of a light fitting has changed with the introduction of the LED. When LEDs were first introduced to ...

Lighting on the Rebound

Yet another bombshell hits the in-box, with news from Snow Hill Station, Birmingham of the Living Wall - the longest in europe, with beautiful LED lighting. I'm reminded of a poorly attended talk given by Jonathan Porritt at LUXLive 2012, at which JP spoke about a phenomenon that was causing concern within the green community - that of The Rebound Effect. It's not such an original idea, as it's based on an observation by Williams Jevons in 1865 that technological efficiencies resu...

Blogs Spring 2014

Adapt to Survive! This has to be the message from the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report. As we head into a future that will see wetter winters and drier summers, together with greater insecurity in food production, I hope that the good people getting together at Light+Build in Frankfurt this week are considering the role that the lighting industry has to play in this global game. Here's the link to a 4-minute video on the projected effects of Climate Change, f...

The Basics of Home Lighting

Let's look at the fundamentals of what we need to look for in our lighting: It all comes down to: how much light / where is the light / what does the light say: And these three things are seriously interwoven into our lives. A note on the text: There is general confusion about what a 'lamp' is. In my world, a LAMP is a light source. It is not a FIXTURE - ever. 1. How much Light? This is about having ENOUGH light to do things. Its difficult to create TOO MUCH light to...

What we did this Summer

Time for an up-date on what's going on in the business of lighting design and sustainability. As you probably know, I've been banging-on to anyone who'll listen about the inevitability of the construction industry embracing some kind of system of sustainable reporting; it's just that we don't yet know what form that reporting will take. Well, maybe a load of people took a different kind of reading material with them on their holidays this year, because there is a very diff...

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  Back in the summer of 2013 . . .   And the entertainment that is colour-changing goes on:     Brand new architect-designed  kiosks on display throughout the summer in the Lower Gardens, Bournemouth. This little video was shot during programming - it was very late - that's why its closed . . . and the explosions had nothing to do with me (no matter what they say).    Of course - being summertime . . .  {IMG} &nbs...

Lets Talk HORSEMEAT

This isn't the way it was meant to be. I had a clear programme of articles ready, carefully not to say artfully crafted to guide the reader through the exotic world of Corporate Social Responsibility. But then as Tesco and a lot of other businesses are now finding out, it ain't always that simple. As Harold Macmillan once said, when asked why governments get blown off course: Events, my dear boy, events. And so we blame it all on the horse. Actually, I don't th...

LEDS and Lighting Art

2013 opened with a shock for the LED industry with a scientific report accusing LEDs of altering the colour of pigments in Van Gogh's masterpiece Sunflowers. There has been general consternation and cries of it cannot be true, but we have to accept that something was tested and something was damaged. Where does that leave us? As far as we are aware, the tests on the pigments were carried out using an LED source that should never be used in lighting artworks. And whilst that doesn't ...

Ethical Performance Reporting

When it comes to assessing overall performance, the lighting industry tends to look inwards first. and nowhere else after that. Perhaps that's the case with every industry. The lighting business cares about things like energy efficiency, developing wonderful light sources and super-efficient light fixtures, so it believes that its sustainability credentials are sound. Well, only to a point. If we were to take the eight headline issues that go to make up a Corporate Social Responsibility s...

Thinking Green

Attitudes to UK Industry I received this report from Thomas Holgeth of High Technology Lighting this morning. I don't know CadenceFisher, whose report it is, but I do like their report. On page 2 we're offered six headlines: Explore Green Speak Green Brand Green Pay More Sustainable Trust Sustainable Investment This is how we see it from the GS-L perspective (apologies if this comes across as a bit too much like self-promotion. I'm sure its only deliberate)...

What makes a Sustainable Lighting Manufacturer?

Today (and every day) I�m asking the question: what should I expect from a �sustainable� lighting manufacturer? This is not an abstract � angels-dancing-on-pinhead piece of philosophy; I really mean it. What DO I expect from a sustainable lighting manufacturer. 1. Tell the truth. If any manufacturer says to me; �we operate a 100% sustainable business� then I know I�m being lied to. If you�re making things, then you�re in a negative relationship with the store of the planet...

Sustainability and Lighting

The lighting industry is to be congratulated for its response to the global demand for improvements in energy efficiency and carbon reduction - the scientists, engineers, designers, manufacturers and specifiers have all succeeded in improving the technical and aesthetic performance of light sources and luminaires �. but that success has presented its own problem, because it has obscured the wider demands of a Sustainability agenda. The industry feels it can justifiably hold up its hands and...

What we'd really like to see from the lighting industry

It usually goes something like this: reducing energy consumption is a sustainable thing to do � low-energy light bulbs reduce the use of energy � therefore low-energy light bulbs are sustainable. Sounds reasonable, but as all you aficionados of Aristotle will know, that�s just a plain old syllogism � an inference � it�s faulty logic. Which is a pity, because it seems as though an entire industry is either fooling itself or trying to fool the rest of us into believing that�s it�s ...

Seeking a New Cost Model

The Need for a Lighting Review: It�s common practice to reduce lighting design guidelines to the quantitative call for a specific level of illuminance, and in the process lose the (often qualitative and therefore potentially complex) recommendations that lie behind the numbers, which is a pity because possibilities for improved lighting conditions and reduced costs usually rest within those recommendations. Light Patterning The obvious starting point for a review of this type is to interr...

No Need To Be Embarrassed!

There has always been an aura of mystery surrounding lighting design. In fact, back in the heady days of the 1980s, when it really kicked off, there was one lighting designer who always went around in a cloak; only the pointy hat with the moon and stars was missing. No really. It was as if this lighting malarkey had to be taken ever so seriously and anything that suggested that we might actually be having a good time was seriously frowned upon (after all, we might get fou...

What should we expect from �green� light fittings?

There is a green haze spreading over the lighting world, blurring the edges and confusing the landscape. What exactly is a �green� light fitting � what should we expect from such a simple adjective? For many, many people, the idea of �green-ness� in a light fitting (or a lamp) begins and ends with it�s energy performance; how few Watts get expended by it for how much light comes out of it. It�s the bedrock issue, I suppose. Energy bills are spiralling away into the stratospher...

Getting it WHITE!

In an ideal world, there�d probably only be one White � then at least the architects would be happy. But we live in relativistic times and White is no exception. There are �Warm Whites� and there are �Cool Whites� and �Daylight Whites�. Somewhere in there there�s a �Neutral White�, though that doesn�t count for much because all these tones of White carry equal weight when it comes to combining Light and Colour. What we�re talking about here is Colour temperature and its...

How do LEDs measure up?

Id like you to take yourself off to a really quiet place, like the padded shed that you keep at the bottom of the garden for this kind of thing, and then just push the ordinary silence to one side. If you listen through the gap, youll just catch the hint of the sound of weeping and moaning. Oh yes, and screaming. Because when Prometheus stole the secret of fire (and light dont forget that) he was damned by Zeus to have his liver eaten by an eagle forever. And I dont remember reading about ...

Take to the streets

Different times call for different measures, and theres been no time quite like this one, thats for sure. Ive never had so many people taking an interest in my life and doings; everyone of them concerned for my welfare and ensuring me that I can benefit greatly by joining with them, either by them guaranteeing more visibility of my website across the e-universe or bizarrely by me promoting their particular widget on my site. All to our mutual advantage and profit, of course. Just today, I...

Lost in the Library

There are times when it feels as thought the catalogue library has a life of its own. Not an original thought, as anyone familiar with the Discworld novels will be well aware, but when its your library that sits there and mocks you well, thats a bit too close for comfort. I have spent days literally DAYS looking for a fitting. Not anything particularly out of the ordinary, not even something ludicrously expensive just so you can see the look on the clients face (that special look you g...

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All of the fixtures that I'm showing here were designed for a specific project in mind and to satisfy a particular brief. Looking at this portfolio of work, I'm adding product design to my list of lighting design skills and would welcome the call....

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my lighting design

    My Lighting Design How a lighting designer works: I work as an independent lighting designer; and that means that my income is derived entirely from fee-based appointments. I don't sell light fittings and I don't install them. That means that my sole focus is in producing the best possible design for my client. Ideally, my design contract would be directly with the client, though there are occasions when it's deemed preferable for me to 'belong...

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My Lighting Projects - A Review I made a decision at the beginning of my career as an independent lighting designer that I was NOT going to become a specialist in any one project sector. I believed that the experience gained on any one project would go on to inform my future design thinking – and that’s exactly what happened. And besides, in 1984 the lighting designer was still a rare sight to see around the project design table – so just being a lighting designer was specia...

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Biography As my mother used to say: "If I'd known then what I know now . . . " I might have paid more attention. Leaving school to train to become an electrical engineer did not provide me with any insight that, just fourteen years later, I'd begin the process that has established the reputation of the person you see before you today. Looking back, my career fits rather too neatly into three phases: 1970 - 1984: learning the ropes. I trained and worked as an ele...

The coach house video 1

A lighting adventure in Sherborne: This series of video diaries describes what happened when we moved our home and workplace to a converted coach-house on the edge of the beautiful town of Sherborne in Dorset.                           This photo of Sherborne is courtesy of TripAdvisor Videos will be added from end-April 2013 at the rate of one per month, to coincide with pub...

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Writing about Sustainability I think most of my friends and colleagues in the lighting industry know that, as well as producing Fine Lighting Design, I also carry a soap-box around with me with 'SUSTAINABILITY' carved into the side of it.  Its a soap-box that sees a lot of use. There is so much commentary being published on the subject that sometimes I feel we need to take a step back, ask whether its relevant to what we're trying to do, and let everyone know what I think ...

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Office lighting: Sometimes its very simple

The brief is straightforward - "can you find us a light fixture to highlight the graphics that look out from our building through the main entrance?" If you know what the outcome is meant to be, its only a case of finding the best fixture for doing the job. Here we can see the graphics panel lit by a single LED spotlight mounted about 5m above the floor. The right fixture for the job. A lovely part of being a lighting designer is being able to wade through all the marketing chaff...

Introducing The Light Review

There are skills that a lighting designer accumulates across the years, and one of those is the ability to look at a light fitting and decide whether its worth the effort of specifying it or not. I'm hoping to make use of those skills via a new venture, The Light Review. Its an on-line review facility that will enable other designers to make an assessment of new product. But this won't just be me writing a review about a new fitting - how very 20th century is that (!). No - this will ...

The Life and Times of the LED - Article 1

I've been writing about the curious, sometimes strained, relationship that exists between LED lighting and Sustainability issues - with some surprising finds. Thanks are due to LUX magazine for the original commission of ten articles, beginning in October 2013 and due to complete in August 2014. Its been a bit of a blast. The first article 'The Heat Is On' looks at how the make-up of a light fitting has changed with the introduction of the LED. When LEDs were first introduced to ...

Lighting on the Rebound

Yet another bombshell hits the in-box, with news from Snow Hill Station, Birmingham of the Living Wall - the longest in europe, with beautiful LED lighting. I'm reminded of a poorly attended talk given by Jonathan Porritt at LUXLive 2012, at which JP spoke about a phenomenon that was causing concern within the green community - that of The Rebound Effect. It's not such an original idea, as it's based on an observation by Williams Jevons in 1865 that technological efficiencies resu...

Blogs Spring 2014

Adapt to Survive! This has to be the message from the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report. As we head into a future that will see wetter winters and drier summers, together with greater insecurity in food production, I hope that the good people getting together at Light+Build in Frankfurt this week are considering the role that the lighting industry has to play in this global game. Here's the link to a 4-minute video on the projected effects of Climate Change, f...

The Basics of Home Lighting

Let's look at the fundamentals of what we need to look for in our lighting: It all comes down to: how much light / where is the light / what does the light say: And these three things are seriously interwoven into our lives. A note on the text: There is general confusion about what a 'lamp' is. In my world, a LAMP is a light source. It is not a FIXTURE - ever. 1. How much Light? This is about having ENOUGH light to do things. Its difficult to create TOO MUCH light to...

What we did this Summer

Time for an up-date on what's going on in the business of lighting design and sustainability. As you probably know, I've been banging-on to anyone who'll listen about the inevitability of the construction industry embracing some kind of system of sustainable reporting; it's just that we don't yet know what form that reporting will take. Well, maybe a load of people took a different kind of reading material with them on their holidays this year, because there is a very diff...

Blogs Summer 2013

  Back in the summer of 2013 . . .   And the entertainment that is colour-changing goes on:     Brand new architect-designed  kiosks on display throughout the summer in the Lower Gardens, Bournemouth. This little video was shot during programming - it was very late - that's why its closed . . . and the explosions had nothing to do with me (no matter what they say).    Of course - being summertime . . .  {IMG} &nbs...

Lets Talk HORSEMEAT

This isn't the way it was meant to be. I had a clear programme of articles ready, carefully not to say artfully crafted to guide the reader through the exotic world of Corporate Social Responsibility. But then as Tesco and a lot of other businesses are now finding out, it ain't always that simple. As Harold Macmillan once said, when asked why governments get blown off course: Events, my dear boy, events. And so we blame it all on the horse. Actually, I don't th...

LEDS and Lighting Art

2013 opened with a shock for the LED industry with a scientific report accusing LEDs of altering the colour of pigments in Van Gogh's masterpiece Sunflowers. There has been general consternation and cries of it cannot be true, but we have to accept that something was tested and something was damaged. Where does that leave us? As far as we are aware, the tests on the pigments were carried out using an LED source that should never be used in lighting artworks. And whilst that doesn't ...

Ethical Performance Reporting

When it comes to assessing overall performance, the lighting industry tends to look inwards first. and nowhere else after that. Perhaps that's the case with every industry. The lighting business cares about things like energy efficiency, developing wonderful light sources and super-efficient light fixtures, so it believes that its sustainability credentials are sound. Well, only to a point. If we were to take the eight headline issues that go to make up a Corporate Social Responsibility s...

Thinking Green

Attitudes to UK Industry I received this report from Thomas Holgeth of High Technology Lighting this morning. I don't know CadenceFisher, whose report it is, but I do like their report. On page 2 we're offered six headlines: Explore Green Speak Green Brand Green Pay More Sustainable Trust Sustainable Investment This is how we see it from the GS-L perspective (apologies if this comes across as a bit too much like self-promotion. I'm sure its only deliberate)...

What makes a Sustainable Lighting Manufacturer?

Today (and every day) I�m asking the question: what should I expect from a �sustainable� lighting manufacturer? This is not an abstract � angels-dancing-on-pinhead piece of philosophy; I really mean it. What DO I expect from a sustainable lighting manufacturer. 1. Tell the truth. If any manufacturer says to me; �we operate a 100% sustainable business� then I know I�m being lied to. If you�re making things, then you�re in a negative relationship with the store of the planet...

Sustainability and Lighting

The lighting industry is to be congratulated for its response to the global demand for improvements in energy efficiency and carbon reduction - the scientists, engineers, designers, manufacturers and specifiers have all succeeded in improving the technical and aesthetic performance of light sources and luminaires �. but that success has presented its own problem, because it has obscured the wider demands of a Sustainability agenda. The industry feels it can justifiably hold up its hands and...

What we'd really like to see from the lighting industry

It usually goes something like this: reducing energy consumption is a sustainable thing to do � low-energy light bulbs reduce the use of energy � therefore low-energy light bulbs are sustainable. Sounds reasonable, but as all you aficionados of Aristotle will know, that�s just a plain old syllogism � an inference � it�s faulty logic. Which is a pity, because it seems as though an entire industry is either fooling itself or trying to fool the rest of us into believing that�s it�s ...

Seeking a New Cost Model

The Need for a Lighting Review: It�s common practice to reduce lighting design guidelines to the quantitative call for a specific level of illuminance, and in the process lose the (often qualitative and therefore potentially complex) recommendations that lie behind the numbers, which is a pity because possibilities for improved lighting conditions and reduced costs usually rest within those recommendations. Light Patterning The obvious starting point for a review of this type is to interr...

No Need To Be Embarrassed!

There has always been an aura of mystery surrounding lighting design. In fact, back in the heady days of the 1980s, when it really kicked off, there was one lighting designer who always went around in a cloak; only the pointy hat with the moon and stars was missing. No really. It was as if this lighting malarkey had to be taken ever so seriously and anything that suggested that we might actually be having a good time was seriously frowned upon (after all, we might get fou...

What should we expect from �green� light fittings?

There is a green haze spreading over the lighting world, blurring the edges and confusing the landscape. What exactly is a �green� light fitting � what should we expect from such a simple adjective? For many, many people, the idea of �green-ness� in a light fitting (or a lamp) begins and ends with it�s energy performance; how few Watts get expended by it for how much light comes out of it. It�s the bedrock issue, I suppose. Energy bills are spiralling away into the stratospher...

Getting it WHITE!

In an ideal world, there�d probably only be one White � then at least the architects would be happy. But we live in relativistic times and White is no exception. There are �Warm Whites� and there are �Cool Whites� and �Daylight Whites�. Somewhere in there there�s a �Neutral White�, though that doesn�t count for much because all these tones of White carry equal weight when it comes to combining Light and Colour. What we�re talking about here is Colour temperature and its...

How do LEDs measure up?

Id like you to take yourself off to a really quiet place, like the padded shed that you keep at the bottom of the garden for this kind of thing, and then just push the ordinary silence to one side. If you listen through the gap, youll just catch the hint of the sound of weeping and moaning. Oh yes, and screaming. Because when Prometheus stole the secret of fire (and light dont forget that) he was damned by Zeus to have his liver eaten by an eagle forever. And I dont remember reading about ...

Take to the streets

Different times call for different measures, and theres been no time quite like this one, thats for sure. Ive never had so many people taking an interest in my life and doings; everyone of them concerned for my welfare and ensuring me that I can benefit greatly by joining with them, either by them guaranteeing more visibility of my website across the e-universe or bizarrely by me promoting their particular widget on my site. All to our mutual advantage and profit, of course. Just today, I...

Lost in the Library

There are times when it feels as thought the catalogue library has a life of its own. Not an original thought, as anyone familiar with the Discworld novels will be well aware, but when its your library that sits there and mocks you well, thats a bit too close for comfort. I have spent days literally DAYS looking for a fitting. Not anything particularly out of the ordinary, not even something ludicrously expensive just so you can see the look on the clients face (that special look you g...

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EcoBuild 2013

The annual showcase for sustainable products and design philosophies. Venue: EXCEL, London Date: 5th - 7th March 2013 To register for EcoBuild, click HERE...

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Lighting Product Design

All of the fixtures that I'm showing here were designed for a specific project in mind and to satisfy a particular brief. Looking at this portfolio of work, I'm adding product design to my list of lighting design skills and would welcome the call....

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