Light as Craft


Light Bureau is an award-winning Lighting Design & Consulting studio.
Established in 1999, we specialise in Strategic Light Consulting, Project Design & Delivery and Product Development.

We work worldwide with architectural design partners and clients who value innovative application of lighting techniques & technology, design integrity and a collaborative working style.  Based in London & Oslo and wholly independent, our international team draws from a range of disciplines enabling us to provide a diversity of light related solutions.

Our value lies in our ability to produce User-Centric Designs whilst meeting the manifold needs of all stakeholders.  At the core of our design approach is what we call Resourceful Creativity.  This, in conjunction with execution excellence, is how we produce Light as Craft™.

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Strategic Consulting

Drawing on our extensive knowledge of Light, we enable Organisations & Communities to meet strategic objectives.  Services include Urban Master-Planning, Multi-Site Lighting Strategy Formulation and Brand Identity Underpinning.

Project Design & Delivery

Our scope of expertise ranges from strategic Concept Development through to Detailed Design & Project Delivery. Contexts range from Public Realm to Residential.

Product Development

Working with carefully selected manufacturing partners, we design & develop both Bespoke Project Solutions and Innovative New Products.  We combine insightful knowledge of user and client requirements with an independent take on the value of existing & future technologies.


For more examples of our work, please download our Practice Profile


Light Bureau Limited
7F Hewlett House
Havelock Terrace
London SW8 4AS
United Kingdom
Phone +44 (0) 20 7498 6111
Fax +44 (0) 20 7498 6408

Light Bureau AS
C/o Various Architects
Sommerrogata 17
0255 Oslo
Phone +47 454 78 101


Light Bureau is always interested to hear from exceptional designers looking to join our team. We have a diverse international portfolio and we welcome outstanding individuals at all levels. We have frequent internship opportunities. 

If our work appeals to you and you are ready for a fresh challenge in a stimulating and positive environment, please contact our operations manager at the following address:


Complex is Easy, Simple is Hard.


Braun Calculator

Is it a paradox that designs that appear simple are in fact the most complicated to realise and by association, designs that appear complex are the easiest to produce? Most of us apparently value clarity and legibility, so why do complicated designs even exist? Is it the consumer / specifier pulling complex products or is someone pushing them on to the customer?

We see situations where a simple design sells better, for instance, regard Braun’s iconic ET66 calculator first made in 1987. That’s £30 compared to a more feature-rich offering by Casio which with fully scientific functions costs £6. Nobody could argue that the Casio is unreliable or not fit-for-purpose. So why does one fetch a premium price and the other…doesn’t? Brand value undoubtedly plays a significant part, but before we dismiss this as brand snobbery, consider first how Braun earned their following.


The Implications of Smart Lighting

Over the last five years the march of LED in the lighting industry has been relentless, the LED ‘Revolution’ has become more of a Coup d’etat, with LED becoming the defecto light source of choice. Even the Squirrel Cage, the last bastion of tungsten, is starting to succumb to the LED invaders. All of this turbulence is really only the start of the upheaval, LED is a semiconductor, and so the future of the lighting industry will be far more effected by the computer industry than the industries past. The lamp, as we know it, a glowing media within a glass envelope that emits a predictable amount of light for a set amount of power with a standard connector, is already obsolete. This freefall towards obsolescence is not just about efficiency metrics, “halogen lamps are too wasteful”, or atheistic metrics “fluorescent lamps are too cold”.  It is the result of a paradigm shift that will eventually affect every aspect of the lighting industry. It’s not that the technology isn’t good enough, it’s that anything that tries to replicate (but isn’t) glowing wire in a glass envelope is not good enough. In this connected world, the days of an object being defined only by its primary function are numbered, the lighting industry will need to redefine what our tools of light can offer beyond the primary function of illumination. Lighting is becoming intelligent.