The heritage lightbulb

Perth, 22nd November 2013

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As we move into the new age of LED technology I keep wondering if the new LED technology is not hijacking our heritage in the process. We keep saying that we need to consider our heritage and several of my projects, notably here in Perth, are subject to stringent heritage protection and our lighting designs subject to approval by heritage councils…there are several. Not only institutions like the National Trust or the Heritage Council, individual townships like the City of Perth and the City of Fremantle have their own Heritage Board as well.

The part that interests me is that no-one seems to care whether we should maintain the good old, dare I say “heritage” incandescent light bulb. By now I think we should classify the incandescent light bulb as a part of our heritage, don’t you think? If we don’t preserve it may well be extinct soon! There are drives to protect our architectural heritage, to preserve our natural habitat, specifically rare animal or plant species. So why not preserve and conserve our soon to be very rare incandescent light bulb?

I am proposing to break a lance for the preservation of the incandescent light bulb as we still know it in heritage projects. Even more I would like heritage councils and boards to consider potentially banning the new LED lighting technology, certainly for some highly authentic heritage sites. To me part of conserving our heritage is also conserving our heritage light bulb! Let’s think about this!

Light Watch 4-201: His Majesty’s Theatre in Perth is an old icon of the past. Soon to celebrate its 110 years of existence, it still exuberates the architectural grandness of its past. They don’t make them like that anymore. Today I was on site to discuss the implementation of our lighting plan and again was awed by the heritage feel which included original incandescent light bulbs!


22. November 2013 by Martin Klaasen
Categories: Light and inspiration, light watch, lighting and culture, lighting applications, lighting design, lighting of the future | 1 comment

One Comment

  1. Dear Martin,
    dont´t worry, the LED is not all, it is just a new chapter of the world of lighting. With LED we will keep the brilliance of light, which we loose with disapearence of the incandescent bulb.
    But the LED has to develop much more to get ready taking the place of the incandescent lamp. We see so many changes in our professional world, that changes. Just mind computers.
    We just need to be careful when changing from old to new not to skip the child with the water of the bathtub. your blogg is anice way to guide those people which want to change intelligent.
    Keep on posting
    Kind regards
    Hope to meet you in Frankfurt 2014

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