One of the great things about home lighting design is that is can be fun - interesting - challenging - depending on the circumstances.
All within a single thought process, the designer is working at the scale of the entire building while balancing the finer details of whether its appropriate to highlight decorative glassware on the sideboard.
This lighting test came from a conversation about how best to highlight a set of cut-glass decanters. Spotlighting glass is rarely a good idea - it splashes light around the place too much (either that or you spend an outrageous amount of money on the technology).
But the nice thing about glass is what you can do with it - the simple fact that you can see through it; and that's because light is able to travel through it (and that's why we come to see through it in the first place). So all we have to do is to find the most discreet way of getting the light into the material - et voila! A concealed light source as the base; a template that shuts off all of the light except where the glassware stands and - for the purposes of this demonstration - a couple of theatre gels for the added colour.
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Lighting design: it's a client thing
Calculating obtrusive light: whose job is it?
When there's nothing in the catalogue
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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
On being in the dark . . .
Riffing The Internet of Things
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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