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Clocks go back this weekend – time to adjust your lights

Clocks go back this weekend – time to adjust your lights

These two things will allow you a more comfortable evening and better lighting. Windows, doors and roof lights change to big black mirrors as soon as it begins to get dark and you put indoor lights “on”.  To avoid this “mirror” effect for a while perhaps an extra hour...

Grand Designs

Grand Designs

Lighting has so many new choices why would you choose rows of downlights or even be restricted by a range of fittings in a catalogue? The NEW “Custom Build” range of LED lighting by Secret Lighting offers you light that is every time unique to you and your home...

Further Reading

This is NOT “Human Centric Lighting”

This is NOT “Human Centric Lighting”

It was an exciting time I recall doing projects for Philips in the early / mid 2000’s…news and the early paper of Wout Van Brommel & GJ Van den Beld ‘s seminal discovery of a 3rd photoceptor in the eye had everybody wondering how “blue” light could be understood...

That little dark edge has always been troublesome.

That little dark edge has always been troublesome.

The quest of a perfect wash of light on a wall I always thought of as a bit “four sprung dur , technic”  if you get my metaphor…the light had to be even as it fell on the surface and with a uniformity from top to bottom of no greater than 3:1 as the human eye...

Leave the lights on in empty rooms

Leave the lights on in empty rooms

When I design the lighting in a home it sounds “counter intuitive” to leave lights on in unoccupied rooms, especially when automation and control is so accessible and energy is an important topic. “Vista”, the one simple reason. Planning the lighting is not just about...

We are born to prefer “wet savanna”.

We are born to prefer “wet savanna”.

As we walked on two legs we developed a preference for a “Wet Savanna” environment… is this still an influence to the landscapes we want to create on our parks, gardens and even the lit street environment as we seek to “de clutter” the Urban environment and look for...

The Hierarchy of Perception

The Hierarchy of Perception

One of my favourite chapters I wrote for ERCO (ummm almost 20 years ago now) when we set up their version of a learning Academy was explaining how the human eye works in connection to the brain and orders the things we see. Thus knowing what the eye is drawn to first,...

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