I see that the professional organisation to whom I pay an annual wedge Ã¯Â¿Â½ thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s the Society of Light and Lighting Ã¯Â¿Â½ have produced a new Handbook. Now IÃ¯Â¿Â½ve always presumed that SLL is there to look after my interests, being a professional kind of chap, and perhaps also generally to promote good lighting design practice. How wrong can I have been Ã¯Â¿Â½ and IÃ¯Â¿Â½ve paid my subs!
According to a co-author of the Handbook, one Peter Raynham, only about 5% of lighting schemes are produced by people who know what theyÃ¯Â¿Â½re talking about; the rest are done by the usual bunch of schmoes Ã¯Â¿Â½ the poor sods who werenÃ¯Â¿Â½t paying attention when the jobs got handed out and ended up with the lighting brief. So what better than to produce a Handbook to justify someone totally ill-equipped to do the job and give them Ã¯Â¿Â½a genuine handbook that will fit easily into a briefcaseÃ¯Â¿Â½!
Great thinking guys Ã¯Â¿Â½ and what a wonderful advertisement for a professional organisation. And nothing to do with the fact that if you scratch the paintwork of the SLL you find the CIBSE colours underneath Ã¯Â¿Â½ and what organisation might these unfortunate schmoes belong to ........ hmmmmm?
But hey, letÃ¯Â¿Â½s go with the flow here. Perhaps I can look forward to the RIBA producing a RIBA Architects Handbook for those of us in the building design industry who donÃ¯Â¿Â½t know an atrium from a teapot. Let me through! IÃ¯Â¿Â½ve got an architects Handbook in my briefcase!
And IÃ¯Â¿Â½m sure that IÃ¯Â¿Â½ll be returning to this topic once I can actually get my hands on a copy of the damned book.
A (very) basic guide to ethical specification
Lighting design: it's a client thing
Calculating obtrusive light: whose job is it?
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
On being in the dark . . .
Riffing The Internet of Things
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