April Fool’s Day
Singapore, 4th April 2011
April Fools’ Day came and went. This year somehow I did not really hear of any noticeable prank, let alone lighting pranks. None was played on me…If some of you have been the butt of lighting jokes please share with me!
We are always serious in our work, but we need to keep up with the lighter side of life as well…”always look at the bright side of life” as sung by the cast from Monthy Phyton many years back. People who know me, know that I like to keep the spirits up by being cheerful and joke around. There is enough misery in the world; we do not need to create another misery at work. We are serious about what we do, but we do it with a smile. At least that is my philosophy. A happy customer talks to 3 other people about it, an unhappy customer talks to 10 other ones about it…so may as well be cheerful and create positive energy at the work place!
The one practical lighting joke played on a colleague that I always remember was many years back when I worked in Philips. One of the relatively new staff, a nice but serious guy, had been working on the floodlighting of an indoor ice skating rink and had been doing many lighting calculations to make sure his lighting levels and uniformities, etc were complying to the applicable standards and requirements. The lighting had just been installed and he was waiting for feedback from site. We decided to play a prank on him. At the time telex was one of the main methods of communications (yes it was a while ago 🙂 ) so we went to the telex room, as you had, and fabricated a message so called from the client with the message that the lights had been installed but the heat generated from them was so much that the ice had melted! The client was upset and wanted to know what he was going to do about it…we were all secretly watching him receive the telex…priceless.
In Light Watch today Singapore’s newest ice skating attraction at Marina Bay Sands…bright during the day with daylight, moving intelligent lights at night for the ambiance.