Lighting : LIGHTING Jun-July 2018
26 LIGHTING MAGAZINE | June/July 2018 other creatives results in a much greater outcome, perhaps leading to more and better opportunities in the future. Most importantly in my opinion, this results in cutting edge lighting design for the public which is the best outcome for all. What trends are coming through strongly over the next 2-3 years? What’s driving this trend? The biggest trends in the past 2 to 3 years have been the efficiency increases in LEDs. This has saturated the market and the amount of kit available to designers is unprecedented. Currently the biggest trend is around control systems and smart technologies, and the opportunities that this creates. I think the trend that is coming through in the next 2 to 3 years is around how these smart technologies actually integrate with other platforms and the rise of smart cities. On a smaller scale I think will start to see trends emerging around personal control, lighting for health, and lighting conductivity and it’s use as a platform to transmit other information. It ’s exciting and scary at the same time; Less than 10 years ago we were an analogue industry, now we are very much digital. What practical tips do you have for lighting designers to maintain links to past, present and the future for the site of the project? Good lighting design usually has a story behind it, because you need to articulate your ideas in a cohesive way so that multiple stakeholders can understand. At the very starting your process where you are trying to gain an understanding of who you are designing for, it’s easy to research into some history and find useful insights about the project that can be applied to design concepts. Including this in your design process, allows you to find a deeper connection to your projects, users and clients. The more considered the narrative behind your design choice is, the more likely that the outcome will be much more relevant and therefore better. Do you have a set routine when approaching new projects? We value the principles of collaboration so when approaching new projects, so we always look to see if the client and design aligns with the same passions. There is no real set routine as each project is completely different, so we must be agile. This could mean that some projects with many different stakeholders, it that may be applicable to hold multiple workshops as opposed to just issuing sketchbooks. Some maybe more suited to a one on one consultation style of coming up with new ideas. The process of design ultimately stays pretty much the same but the way it’s conducted is the aspect that changes. Should we respect or enhance the local culture when working on a lighting project? How do you effectively balance that with your design brief objectives and sustainability concerns? Culture comes in many different forms but the important thing is to understand what it means to the context. I think we should celebrate traditional culture where it is respectful, using lights and the night to tell stories that could really bring attention and focus on the things important to indigenous culture, which may not get the attention and respect it deserves all times. Culture In sporting context could refer to how we design lighting that interacts with the fan experience, for example could be connected to microphones with the lighting dynamically animating as the crowd does. Balancing this with the brief should really not even be an issue because we as designers can contribute to this respect in so many different ways. On a large scale it could be something to do with the colour temperature of the lights and it’s wider meaning, or on a small scale it could be as simple as integrating motifs into some custom lighting elements. Tim will also appear on a panel discussing the technologies of sensors available in intelligent lighting from a lighting design perspective. ABOUT AUSTRALIAN SMART LIGHTING SUMMIT Intelligent lighting solutions, the concept of human-centric lighting and building smart communities, are just some of the trends the lighting industry is facing on a global scale. Against this backdrop, the Australian Smart Lighting Summit will highlight the technological developments and trends shaping the industry. In its 6th year now, the Summit is considered the premier lighting event, focusing on street, outdoor, urban & public lighting. Visit http://www.lightingconference.com.au for more details.
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