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.
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?
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
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
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.
Photography by Luke Hayes
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
Light Bureau London is looking to expand our fantastic team by adding a Junior Designer. If you are creative, resourceful, and passionate about light then you will feel right at home. Your background should be from architecture or other design professions such as product/industrial design or architectural/theatre lighting. Previous experience in an independent lighting design studio would be advantageous but is not a requirement. more
Our Recently completed project No.1 Hardman Street, part of the Spinningfields development in Manchester City Centre is featured on Mondo Arc’s Website. “The architecture is unapologetically contemporary and the scale of the building is quite small in comparison to neighbouring structures, which enclose and look on to it. On this basis, it was felt that the lighting response should be playful and enhance the permeable building screen. Light Bureau investigated options but, as often happens, the first intuitive response was the one it adopted. The circular perforations in an otherwise simple rectilinear box are what defines the building and so they sought to express those. The holes would be visible from all directions and Light Bureau felt that the depth of the façade panels would be enough to capture highlights lit strongly from an acute angle. The base of the façade screen was a natural point at which to locate the light sources and the internal face allowed uninterrupted grazing to the whole height.” The full article can be read here
Image by David Millington