The Art of Lighting

Human perception, architecture & Light

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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...

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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...

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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