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The Implications of Smart Lighting

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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

Can strategy play a role in design?

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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


WHO WE ARE

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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WHAT WE DO

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.

RECRUITMENT

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: operations@lightbureau.com

CONTACT

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
mail@lightbureau.com

Light Bureau AS
C/o Various Architects
Rosenkrantz’ gate 7
0159 Oslo
Norway
Phone +47 454 78 101
mail@lightbureau.com