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Effective October 2017, Light Bureau became a part of ÅF Lighting, the highly acclaimed specialist business area of the ÅF Group.

Established by Paul Traynor in 1999, Light Bureau has gained an enviable reputation in the field of architectural lighting design. Almost two decades on, the practice is mature and still keen to develop, so the opportunity to join a global leader felt like a natural progression. ÅF’s motivation is to increase its international portfolio and in this respect, Light Bureau is ideally-placed with roughly half its work being non-domestic and half its work UK based.

Light Bureau was receptive to joining ÅF Lighting, recognising how their own reputation had grown and how well aligned the cultures and objectives of both companies are. Light Bureau’s credo is Light as Craft, which translates into highly individual and meticulously realised projects based on clear strategies. ÅF Lighting define what they do as New Nordic Lighting, embracing natural simplicity, authenticity and practicality, a mature style which the world recognises as distinctly Scandinavian.

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The first blog on Lighting as a Service covered a basic overview of the subject and looked at the supporting factors around the idea’s increasing popularity in recent years. The second part will look at how lighting design might work with in the LaaS Framework. more

This is the first part of a two-part blog examining Lighting as a Service, a relatively new idea in the lighting space but one that is becoming more popular. The first part will look at the context around LaaS, and the second part will explore the role of design.

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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?
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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”.  more

So many professions are prone to clichéd phrases, like the Football Managers “we’re building a team for the future” or in business, “Blue sky / outside the box thinking, this is just a heads-up” etc. With all that modern life throws at us it’s easy to become lost in repetition and mistake it for understanding, as it can be easier to trot out a well used phrase than to truly make ourselves understood. In our field of architectural lighting, two common phrases would include: “Architectural lighting is the marriage of art and science” and “Lighting is for people”. Both sentiments are so ubiquitous that it is easy to dismiss them as cliché without really trying to understand the deeper sentiments behind them. Are there lessons that we fail to learn by dismissing these sentiments out of hand? Perhaps by combining these twin concepts “Lighting is a marriage of Art and Science AND is for people”, we can breathe new life into a platitude. more

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We are proud to announce that alongside Hall McKnight Architects, The Titanic Foundation and the Commissioners of Irish Lights that Light Bureau have been selected to assist  in the restoration and display of the old Mew Island Lighthouse Optic.

The extremely rare hyper-radial Fresnel lens – constructed in Paris – dates back to 1887. At over 7 metres more

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The Yellow Pavilion, our collaboration with Hall McKnight Architects for the London Festival of Architecture, has been shortlisted for Best Landscape Lighting Scheme at the Darc Awards.

Head over to the Darc Awards website to register for the event and vote for your favourite project. If you’d like to know more about the Yellow Pavilion, click here.

Photography by Luke Hayes

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The “Norwegian Interior Architects & Furniture Designers association” (NIL) are launching their 2016 Interior & Furniture Yearbook at one of our projects, Lundin Norway. The event is taking place on Tuesday the 14th of June.

The Yearbook will contain plans, photographs and descriptions of up to one hundred individual projects, from from offices, schools, hotels, showrooms, restaurants, shops and housing. As well as including the latest in furniture design.

We are very delighted and proud to have our work accompanying this event.

Lighting magazine recently celebrated 40 years in publication and to mark the occasion, at the Lighting Design Awards published a list of the 40 most promising lighting designers under 40. We are very happy to announce that Light Bureau’s Associate Designer Joe Vose was included in this prestigious list of international designers. more