Presented by Mary Rushton Beale
IALD Film Night
Presented by Mary Rushton Beale
IALD Film Night
I have taught Lighting at many different colleges all over the UK, mostly at degree level, on courses studying interior architecture, interior design and 3-D design. During that time I have honed eight simple rules that I ask students to follow in order to create a design-led lighting environment for their projects.
Consider how the space will look in natural light at different times of the day and year, whether there will be a need to control the daylight with blinds or other mechanisms, and how the varying brightness and colours of daylight will affect the space.
What is the theme, the look and feel you are aiming for? How can light be used to enhance that? Which lighting/architectural technique or which colour of light is most appropriate?
Start the plan with light in the right place so that the space can function effectively – this could be as simple as allowing for task lighting for a desk or as complicated as designing an entire artist’s studio with variable light according to the latitude and longitude of their galleries – then build up layers from there to create a more complete space.
Use more than one technique so that a lit picture can emerge that can be changed at different times of the day to make the space feel different according to personal preference or practical needs
For much of the time the natural world looks right even though there are many different levels of brightness. For this technique to work with artificial light it is essential ensure that the brightness does not cause glare. This is effectively worked through using a 3D model and lighting design software such as AGI32.
If the estate agent’s mantra is location, location, location, then the interior lighting designer’s should be to ensure that the details work. Check the size of the product, how it is fixed, how it can be integrated with the structure, and how it can be maintained – whether it is a set of illuminated shelves or a backlit ceiling – all require impeccable detailing.
Natural light varies enormously from time of day to time of year – to make us human beings feel more comfortable, artificial light should be able to vary too. Controls – whether linked to a group of switches or dimmers or a state of the art remote control device – are an essential tool in achieving this site cialis comparatif.
In comparison to other finishes, altering the lighting effects are usually the most cost-effective way to make a space feel different. So do not overlight. Have an eye on the final lit ‘picture’.
Tech website Pocket Lint recently featured advice by Mary Rushton-Beales of Lighting Design House headlined ‘Eight lighting tips for your home: an expert shares her design secrets’. The article by Stuart Miles carries this advice from Mary:
Mary’s technical advice ties in with the ‘Light Diet’ she has devised based on extensive research into the light and well-being.
Other practical tips include making sure you have extra light to do specific tasks and the lights you are buying are up to the job. ‘50 to 100 lux is good for general living, but for working, the recommended levels are around 300-500 lux,’ she counsels.
In her new four-part video lecture Light Therapy Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, Mary Rushton-Beales examines the relationship between light and well-being, separating the science from the sales patter and drawing on her own experience. Each segment lasts approximately a quarter of an hour.
Light Therapy Part One Research from The World Health Organization and other bodies show the health effects of light and lighting, including both dangers and benefits.
Light Therapy Part Two Just how much evidence it is there that daylight can be therapeutic? And what does this mean for architects, clients and energy specialists?
Light Therapy Part Three Many claims have been made for coloured light therapy but do they really stand up and what are the risks posed by LEDs and blue light hazard?
Light Therapy Part Four How do can light therapy be applied in the real world now and in the future?
Hospital patients would benefit from the ‘Light Diet’ proposed by Lighting Design House, senior designer Dina Chowdury told a recent panel discussion between NHS facilities and energy managers and lighting professionals, chaired by Lux magazine. ‘In hospitals, the ideal is to have LED panels to achieve general lighting of 150 lux on wards, which can be automated with manual override at the nurse station,’ Dina told Lux. ‘Patients would then have local task lighting via a bedside light, with colour options that they can control. The perfect formula is a pinch of blue to kickstart activity, a dollop of sunlight, some swirls of visual delight, a pinch of amber red later in the day and a big dollop of darkness to aid sleep.’
In addition to how to use hospital lighting to improve patient outcomes, the panel also looked at ways to save the National Health Service energy. The NHS needs to standardise its LED lighting, Dina said. ‘You can get LEDs with 2700K colour temperatures now and CRIs of 90 which perform like halogens. But whereas halogens can all run on the same transformers, every LED lamp has a different driver. Standardisation is needed because otherwise the NHS will be left with an inventory problem.’
Click Lux magazine on hospital lighting to read the full report