February Design Notes

Architectural lighting is becoming a very important element worldwide.  I have seen some amazing lighting on some amazing architecture while traveling.  There are many things a business, home or any facility can do to create a new look to their building both inside and out.  As a designer I am always looking at what is done to buildings and taking notes as to how we can assist those around us to create exciting new looks with architecture but keeping in tune with the design of the building and its surroundings.  I feel it is so important to understand that it doesn’t have to be huge or extravagant to be perfect!  There are places where a ton of expensive lights are what is needed to create the look, however it is often over-done and sometimes the simplest design is what is exactly needed.

I also want to say just a few more words about the use of natural lighting.  I can’t count how many museums I have been to where the only light on the displayed objects is natural light that has been directed or allowed to fall onto the object architecturally.  WOW!  I mean it is amazing to look at a sculpture, painting or some ancient artifact with natural lamination.  Then to think the architect had the vision to create that path for the light when designing the space is even more incredible.  Now that isn’t always available in our modern designs but to take that concept into our modern forms and use the correct lighting is always a possibility.

Please don’t get me wrong, I love the LED movement and think it has a huge place for us designers and even the end users, but we must always keep in check what is actually needed for the effect or task and make sure we stay true to what we know is needed and not have our hands forced by new technology.  Till then keep up the good work!