Lighting technology

Singapore, 15th August 2012

Choosing the proper lighting technology for our project applications remains one of the most crucial and challenging parts of lighting design. Though you might argue that the way we are going with LED technology you really would not have to think much anymore as soon there won’t be anything else then LED, or will there? I hope there will be alternatives to choose from as it is becoming increasingly disturbing (to me at least) that the only lighting people nowadays seem to think of is LED, like it is a magic word and nothing else exists…

Being an older generation lighting designer I know what we did and still can do with what people now seem to call old fashioned lighting technology…incandescent, fluorescent, gas discharge with fiber-optic lighting more being a channel/ conduit for lighting than an actual lighting technology. I mentioned façade lighting yesterday in my blog, to me metal halide is still a realistic option to consider. But even within LED technology there are different options, “traditional” LED, OLED and so on.

Lighting design is really moving into a quite scientific and technical direction where the creation of lighting effects is more dictated by the knowledge and manipulation of lighting technology rather than playing and painting with the actual lighting effects. A bit like techno pop music versus the acoustic musician. The first does not really have to be schooled in the art of music. As we move into the high tech area of LED lighting, the art of lighting may slowly make way for the “techno” lighting specialists of this world…

Light Watch 3-122: Earlier this year GE unearthed a time capsule which had a 100 year old incandescent lamp in it, which amazingly still worked! Today we are moving into bioluminescence, a lighting technology based on “nature”. The firefly is probably what we all know best that works on this principle. In a long exposure photo, bioluminescence can be seen on the water edge. Several lighting manufacturers are researching the feasibility of the technology and maybe in the future it can be “implanted” into trees to truly have organic street lights!

 

 

15. August 2012 by Martin Klaasen
Categories: light and art, Light and inspiration, light watch, lighting and culture, lighting applications, lighting design | Leave a comment

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