The trouble with people, is they don’t respond to risk. Not wholly true, in fact we are very attuned to immediate risk. We understand walking out in front of a car, jumping a red light, breaking the speed limit. We are not good at evaluating delayed risk. Buying Euros now in case the Pound slumps,… Continue reading Risk
When I grew up there were just two sorts of mechanical engineer, the one that worked on your car (often mistitled) and the professional one. That’s a little unfair to car mechanics, but I don’t mean to be. A mechanic is indeed a skilled person, but the term engineer is often attributed to people who… Continue reading The route to CEng is not so difficult, but…
On 4th December 2017 a group of leading thinkers got together to discuss the influence of artificial intelligence on the lighting design community. Called together by Florence Lam, Director & Global Lighting Leader at ARUP, we and guests from the Society of Light and Lighting, discussed how design would change, how ARUP were already using… Continue reading Artificial intelligence in lighting design
There’s a distinct problem with light at night. We all know how it can annoy us humans and keep us awake, but the problem is felt by millions, even billions of others, not just us. The latest figure I could find suggested that in a square kilometre of sky, at all times, there are billions… Continue reading Warm it up
In 2016 I wrote a paper for Thorn Lighting which turned into Masterclass for the Society of Light and Lighting. It was based around getting the balance of light in a space right before you added worries of Human Centric lighting as it was being called then.
Glare is a wonderful thing; it creates sparkle, glints and artistic flare. On the other hand glare is an awful thing; creating difficulty to see, veiling detail and tiring the eye. Whether you love it or not depends on the situation, a club compared to the office, relaxing in the sun compared to driving the… Continue reading Bright lights, another headache?
There’s a lot of talk about colour rendering and colour temperature, and it seems mostly about what the truth applied to LED. Should it be R using the 8 sample scale (R8), or R using the 14 colour scale (some call this R14)? Doesn’t Ra of 100 compare to daylight, or is it tungsten? Does… Continue reading Colouring your thoughts