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Creative Lighting Design & Architectural Lighting Design

Architectural lighting design can either make or break the spaces we work, rest, shop or play in so it is important to get the building lighting design right first time. Good creative lighting design can create drama, define, accentuate and enrich on so many different levels. If you get it wrong the opposite it is true and the ripple effects will be felt by people and their organisations.

I am sure we have all experience the effects working on a computer or entering a supermarket, exhibition or retail space and after a short while you’re not sure why but you start to develop a headache or don’t feel yourself?

This is in part due to an over bright space using far too many halogen spot or lighting fittings. Consequently this creates a myriad of twinkling spots which your eyes have to deal with. These halogen lamps are great for making merchandise sparkle but it has also the opposite well-being effect. It can potentially give headaches when over used and of course it also  uses huge amounts of the valuable energy. The lighting solutions should embrace a sense of balance including aesthetics, purpose, flexibility and energy proficiency in order to deliver a positive mood or well-being factor.

When you enter an architectural, retail, office or commercial space there should be an element of “I am not sure why but I really enjoyed being there”? Now I know that isn’t just the lighting. It is a recipe of so many things for example; inspiring architecture, good ventilation, acoustics and surfaces to name but a few. However it must at all cost include the well-being factor of a balanced lighting design.

Good Creative Lighting Design – The Well-being Factor

As an independent lighting designer, I am conscious to build in this well-being factor into all of my architectural, retail, commercial, museum lighting design projects.

Understanding the technical aspects of well-being lighting design and how to achieve it can be a difficult challenge, especially when there is pressure to balance the projects other requirements and get it all within budget. From the beginning, straight and obvious choices can be made, for example by simply positioning the light fittings in the optimum position for eye comfort and using anti glare reflectors we can dramatically reduce the amount of twinkling stars that greet the visitors eyes.

If all lighting design consultants embraced well-being lighting design and made clients buy into it, we would all need less headache pills. Furthermore, as a society we would have far less tired eyes!

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About the Author:

Simon Morris is the director of the design firm Simon Morris Associates. Due to his work with museums and private collectors, he is one of only two individuals globally that brings together this level of art + design experience. Simon Morris is a perfectionist who provides excellence in design, lighting, conservation and associate disciplines.