Picture the scene Ã¯Â¿Â½ its Sunday afternoon and thereÃ¯Â¿Â½s an open box of Milk Tray on the table and Billy Cotton is on the wireless. Although IÃ¯Â¿Â½ve already eaten quite enough, thank you very much, I really really really want another chocolate, probably because thereÃ¯Â¿Â½s one of those lime barrels still left. Ã¯Â¿Â½Well, if yow et it now, there woÃ¯Â¿Â½ be none left fer termorrerÃ¯Â¿Â½ speaks the voice of maternal wisdom from the settee.
Yes, but termorrer never comes, does it; and besides, some bugger might et it after IÃ¯Â¿Â½ve gone to bed. So Ã¯Â¿Â½ one more lime barrel and feeling sick all the way through the afternoon film. There you go; the human condition in grainy black & white flashback.
YesterdayÃ¯Â¿Â½s newspaper tells me of a report from the Institute of Strategic Studies (ISS: Ã¯Â¿Â½Sustainable Energy Security: Strategic Risks and Opportunities for BusinessÃ¯Â¿Â½) that claims that the price of crude oil could more than double by 2013, and that Ã¯Â¿Â½peak oilÃ¯Â¿Â½ is upon us. The ISS is concerned that not enough is being done Ã¯Â¿Â½ or has been done - to prepare for the catastrophic changes in the way that we live and the ways that we use and manage energy resources.
Meanwhile, the lighting industry is looking forward to the implementation of the new Part L: Building regulations with all of the enthusiasm as a trip to the dentist. Part L is being tightened up Ã¯Â¿Â½ quite rightly Ã¯Â¿Â½ but the design community is still finding plenty to argue about. For example, a recent article by my good friend Nick Hoggett (SLL Newsletter. Vol3.Issue4) condemns the use of prescriptive criteria based on installed lighting load, arguing correctly that good lighting design can deliver even better energy savings than those required by Part L. But, Nick Ã¯Â¿Â½ thereÃ¯Â¿Â½s a problem with your argument, and itÃ¯Â¿Â½s in that bit about Ã¯Â¿Â½good lighting designÃ¯Â¿Â½.
IÃ¯Â¿Â½m reminded of Simeon Stylites. You remember Simeon Ã¯Â¿Â½ he was the guy who escaped the troubles of the world by living his life on the top of a column in the foothills of a mountain. ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s certainly one way to do it Ã¯Â¿Â½ the problem is, you only have to look over the edge of your little platform to see the rest of the world running around and getting it just as wrong as they ever did.
No: if this is a time for zealotry, then we have to welcome all the prescriptive limitations of Part L / BREEAM / CoSH / LEED and the rest, and then show that good lighting design can still function. Now thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s a neat trick.
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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Can Smart Lighting Save The Planet?
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Can Lighting Save Us From Ourselves . . . NO!
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