When did we realise that we had more than enough light and could start thinking about how we use it, rather than worrying all the time about not having enough?
More to the point Ã¯Â¿Â½ when will we realise that we have enough light?
The history of humankind has been one of looking for light Ã¯Â¿Â½ any light Ã¯Â¿Â½ because there never was enough to go around. Light was difficult and expensive to make and never lasted very long. We worked by daylight and rested in the darkness. And then we discovered the electric light.
My passion for light began almost forty years ago (and that really is a scary thing to write!) and I reckon thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s just about the time when we could have looked around and said: Ã¯Â¿Â½This is great! Now we can really get into how we want this stuff to work for us.Ã¯Â¿Â½
Except thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s not how we work. It feels that weÃ¯Â¿Â½re hard-wired to believe that illumination is still the only thing that matters Ã¯Â¿Â½ how light is delivered isnÃ¯Â¿Â½t relevant, because we donÃ¯Â¿Â½t understand that we have enough Ã¯Â¿Â½ and more than enough.
My professional body, the Society of Light and Lighting is 100 years old and weÃ¯Â¿Â½re just entering our second century. And I think its time that we started to campaign for Light rather than Illumination. We have masses of experience in creating Illumination, but weÃ¯Â¿Â½re still learning about how Light works for us.
There are interesting times ahead. Energy will be at a premium and the indulgent times are past. On behalf of the future, the lighting designer needs to declare an interest on behalf of the aesthetics of Light.
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
John Bullock writes a regular column for lighting magazines. You can find all of the archived pieces here.
BLOGS - LIGHTING DESIGN
John Bullock writes about all things and anything concerning architectural lighting design; new technologies and old lamps; anything,really.
HOME LIGHTING CONSULTANT
John Bullock designs innovative lighting designs for people's homes. By working closely with clients he is able to deliver solutions that meet - and exceed - their expectations.
BLOGS - CPD RIBA CORE PROGRAMME 2015
John Bullock will be presenting a seminar on latest lighting design and technologies as part of the RIBA CPD Core programme 2015
BLOGS - SUSTAINABILITY
John Bullock believes that the UK lighting industry needs to embrace a sustainable way of delivering good quality product through good design, fabrication and end-of-life management.
BLOGS - LIGHTING HEALTH AND WELLBEING
Lighting has a vital role to play in our health and wellbeing.
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