The Future of Lighting
What Designers, Manufacturers and the Media make of it.
The Clerkenwell Design Week is a unique opportunity for the creative industry to come together and get inspired. For the first time there was a dedicated LIGHT exhibition in the industrial setting of night club Fabric. For the panel discussion "The future of lighting" on Wednesday, 23rd May, industry insiders Daniel Blaker, Creative Director at Nulty Lighting, Joe Armitage, Design Director of lighting brand Tala, and Ray Molony, Publisher of Lux Review, united to discuss the developments of lighting design.
In this blog post we provide you with a brief insight into the discussion, highlight the key take away points - paired with our approach on how to transform lighting technology into experiences.
It is no news that lighting technology is becoming more sophisticated, the Internet of Things is invading the industry just like any other, yet the panel acknowledged the importance of refocusing on simplicity. Nulty directions Daniel Blaker calls for balancing the sensory overload experienced in the public realm when designing lighting for residential or certain hospitality settings and keeping in mind the human touch to it.
Simplicity, as we hear in the discussion, can be achieved by highlighting the quality of light and the experience created rather than building on extensive technological additions.
The quality of light is defined by factors such as colour render index, uniformity of the light output and glare. If lighting is supposed to create a pleasant environment for the people using the space and complement an architectural concept as a whole, those factors need careful consideration.
All of our LED products are designed with highest priority given to light quality. We ensure a homogenous and spot-free light output with excellent colour portrayal accuracy, to provide lighting designers and architects with the right tools to transform spaces to visual experiences.
In the context of simplification, the panel also discussed the trend towards miniaturisation. While large decorative feature lamps are still selected for exquisite design concepts, there is an undeniable tendency towards the use of hidden luminaires to create the illusion of "invisible light". Discreet yet luminous lighting solutions have become increasingly popular for seamless integration into different architectural structures and to easily conceal the luminaires if required.
Constant innovation in product design will make it easier for architects and designers to develop unique lighting concepts. Linear lights are a suitable choice for a minimal lighting concept which underlines, yet does not distract from, the overall interior design. Our industry-challenging miniature product ranges Nano Flex (only 4mm), as well as our water-proof and impact-resistant Micro Neon (only 10mm x 10mm), acknowledge this design trend. They fit into the narrowest spaces and are perfect for detailed light installations.
Lighting is purely decorative? Far from that! Human centric lighting is a term that received enormous attention within the last few years. Ray Molony, PublisheR from Lux Review mirrors that notion as he observes of an orientation towards designing lighting for well-being. Lighting for well-being means adjusting light to the environment - its purpose, its people using the space and its dynamic.
The spaces we live in are being used in an increasingly multi-functional manner. Event rooms in hotels for instance might be used for conferences in the daytime and socials in the evening - both distinct purposes which require distinct lighting approaches.
Lighting needs to be adjusted in terms of light direction, intensity and colour temperature to cater the well-being of people.
Hand in hand with lighting designers LED Flex is able to provide tailored human centric lighting solutions for any environment. Dimming has never been easier with our reliable lighting control systems which enable a smooth adjustment of light intensity without flickering to cater for greatest eye comfort.
We provide dual colour linear and LED panel lighting with colour-changing features to set the right atmosphere at the right time.
While the lines between domestic and commercial lighting spaces tend to blur, as the lighting experts conclude, light quality and attention to human demands and requirements become the essence within developments of lighting design.
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