When lighting is the only difference
Perth 3rd July 2013
It is not often that you get to do a lighting refurbishment only, I have had a few over the years, but they have been far and few between. The nice thing about these kind of projects is that it allows you to see exactly what the impact of good lighting on architecture and interiors is as it is not being muddled by changes in interior finishes, layouts, etc. Today I discussed the lighting refurbishment of a local hotel and its implementation plan over the next few months. There was some refurbishment done on the interiors, but for some strange reason there was no budget to change the lighting at the time. Now the biggest eyesore when entering the hotel is the very poor lighting as over the last few years some LED Cowboys had managed to sell some poor China quality LED down lights which besides a poor performance (low lighting levels and horrendous colour qualities) also is very glary…glaringly obvious as they say!
I love these type of projects as it is scoring for an open goal, really. From zero to hero as it where; just applying the basics of lighting design and quality standards. Combined with a good sense of operator requirements and ways to integrate the lighting design within the existing architectural interiors, this should be a winner on all counts. Great opportunities for before and after shots. It is undoubtedly so that lighting does not exist without its environment as we do not see light per-se but its reflection from anything in its path. So obviously our appreciation of lighting includes the architecture and interior decoration it lights up, hence the uniqueness of projects like this where the only variable is lighting! I can’t wait to see the end result…still a few months away… 🙁
Light Watch 4-119: I went to Google to search for some before and after lighting pictures (I don’t have that many as most of my projects are newly built), and what struck me is that the after in some of the situations is not necessarily a better or good design then before. Yes more light, but many of the quality appreciation factors like glare and light distribution seem still as bed…LED Cowboys at work? Of course if you bring in colour the difference is more striking…