HereÃ¯Â¿Â½s a prophecy for you; within the next few years youÃ¯Â¿Â½re going to see electricity prices rise Ã¯Â¿Â½ and go on rising. And as the installation of smart meters rolls out through the country, the electricity companies will find ever more ingenious ways of taking money from us in the shape of new punitive tariff structures. So it wonÃ¯Â¿Â½t matter how many 100W light bulbs youÃ¯Â¿Â½ve got stashed away under the stairs, you may prefer not to turn them on. Whether is human-induced climate change or the increasingly expensive cost of the extraction of fossil fuels, something of this sort will happen Ã¯Â¿Â½ and soon.
As a lighting designer, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s a scenario that fills me with optimism and pessimism in fairly equal measure; not so much a glass thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s half-full or half-empty, but a glass thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s too close to the table edge. What IÃ¯Â¿Â½d like to think is that everyone sees whatÃ¯Â¿Â½s coming and grasps this most uncomfortable nettle well in advance and plan for a low energy future. To me, that means a lighting strategy that fully embraces low energy technology but holds onto the idea that lighting is a vital element in defining our quality of life. On the other hand, I fear that it may come to the usual last-minute panic and we end up with bottom-of-the-table cheap rubbish that leaves our aesthetics bleeding on the streets.
HereÃ¯Â¿Â½s an exercise that you can do all for yourself. Turn off all the lights in your home/office/shop/restaurant/hotel and then stand in the middle of the place. Now look around. Now - which future would you prefer?
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