Dynamic mood lighting
Singapore 7th February 2012
As lighting designers we are the magicians that create the moods and ambiances for the various places we design for. We are in the middle of designing the concepts for a business hotel, a shopping mall and a resort, all of them requiring specific moods. I spent some time with my team today looking at these “moods” which often will become part of the corporate identity, the image that people will remember when they come to that place, specifically at night. What is different from the lighting design tools that we used to have in the early days is that nowadays we have at our disposal as nearly standard the ability to create dynamic moods. With the high level of sophistication that both (LED) lighting systems and controls have we can now easily incorporate dynamic (even interactive) lighting moods, moods that change over time from morning to evening or from weekdays to weekends or festive occasions. Practically every project that leaves our studio will have a dynamic element in its lighting design concept.
There are several reasons for that besides the fact that the technology facilitates the option to do so. There are a number of key trends that spread like a wild fire through design land. One is the wellness craze…everything for health and holistic, organic approaches. Another trend is energy saving, which means the dynamic lighting control interactively reacts to human presence, daylight, time of the day, etc., to minimise lighting to where you need it, when you need and how much you need of it. The sustainability train. Probably the biggest (and oldest) trend, certainly in commercial applications, is the use of dynamic lighting and control (multi-media facades) to attract attention, set yourself apart, creating that corporate identity.
In designing hotels we are now looking into introducing dynamic moods through-out the day while keeping a focussed eye on energy saving. In corporate office lighting, it is about creating personalised environments and re-creating daylight moods where only artificial lighting is available (full spectrum lighting!). In clubs and social environments creating (indoor and outdoor) that magic mood making you feel being in a special place. As to commercial and retail environment it is hard to imagine them without multi-media screens nowadays!
Light Watch 3-15: Typical example of mood lighting as being designed for the long haul airplanes where people have to be made as comfortable and relaxed as possible. Different mood options as shown here for when you wake up, dinner time, supper and late night. Color combined with dimming. This is now finding its way in many other applications…