Lighting design is like creating a series of paintings: Brilliant looks at form, function, focal points and how the lighting needs to respond to changing uses and moods. Lighting alters perceptions of space, enhances features, enables tasks and can create magic in the most unlikely places.
Great lighting design probably has the biggest impact on a space after great architecture. It is both an art and a science: it requires both creative flair and mastery of a varied, complex and continually evolving set of disciplines. Critically it’s also about really understanding each client, and being able to help them transform their aspirations and dreams into reality.
Lighting is fundamental to the way a space looks and feels; nothing can replicate the feel good factor of sunshine pouring through windows on a spring day, but artificial lighting plays a key role in how we feel about our homes. Done well it can be uplifting, dramatic, soothing, and practical. Done badly it can be dingy, cold, glaring, inadequate and boring – or all of the above!
Really good lighting design has never been easy to do, but the rate of technological and regulatory change is making it harder. It’s something that has to be planned at the start of a build, but you don’t know whether you’ve got it right until the very end. Long before the electrician starts asking for plans you might want to consider using a professional lighting designer…