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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...

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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...

“Tutti Frutti”

“Tutti Frutti”

The New Way to Design Lighting If you have read any other article on “how to design lighting” you will have heard “layers” at least three layers made of ambient, then task or accents, then decorative, now Forget Everything. Let’s...

Planning Downlights and Moroccan hummus

Planning Downlights and Moroccan hummus

In 25 years + of lighting design I have done 2 things regularly … one is placing thousands of downlights in projects, the other is prepared and eaten almost as many meals … I like to cook, so I will share my recipes with you for designing beautiful rooms with ceiling...

Campaign for better lighting

Campaign for better lighting

I was hasty and should be more respectful!  But I can’t help disagreeing with 1.375 Million answers….many of you agree with ME! Following on my research from the last Blog and Internet Formulas… The Question was: Client - “I want some lights in my room…how many...

Pendant lighting: 18 ideas in 18 seconds.

Pendant lighting: 18 ideas in 18 seconds.

“Pendant”, a word that we use for jewelry and hanging styles of lights, the thing they both have in common is decorative and is designed to be a compliment. How you look and perceive a space matters, from a mathematical, engineer’s solution a pendant light will give...

Top down lighting because we only have one Sun!

Top down lighting because we only have one Sun!

Hard wired into our preferences is that we like one strong form of lighting, this should not be directly overhead but to one side (In theatre the term key light) above …Top left preferences. In a study of art through the ages in over 200 pictures 75% of them displayed...

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...

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