Lighting design

A revolution in lighting design is finally taking place. It has taken many years for museum people and organisations to realise that the investment in good museum lighting and of course an experienced museum lighting designer really pays dividends.

For example take a mundane object which normally would not get a second look from a museum or exhibition visitor. Then mount that object in a museum display showcase with beautiful lighting and the object is transformed from the ugly duckling into a swan which stops people in their tracks to admire and study.

Now I am not suggesting that museums should promote lesser objects in this way but if good lighting design can do this to an everyday object imagine what good lighting design can do for that special object in a museum collection.

Good lighting design can create drama, define, accentuate and enrich on so many different levels, however museum lighting design or exhibition lighting design must embrace aesthetics, function, flexibility, conservation (care of duty to the object) & energy efficiency. Some of these topics I will be dealing with in more detail spread over various blogs.

Now if you’re not in the museum world you must be wondering what about us in the commercial world, what revolutions are happening there? Well don’t worry I will also be writing blogs which will cover lighting design for retail, property development, shopping centres, commercial exhibition design etc to accompany the museum and exhibition lighting design blogs.

Many museums & galleries both in the UK and internationally are confused by so much conflicting pieces of information on how to achieve good lighting design, including the many various lighting technologies and lighting controls.

I recently visited a museum where a new exhibition had been installed with hi tech lighting controls and lighting fixtures but no way of the museum themselves controlling the system. In addition to this the exhibition didn’t have enough lighting fixtures or lamps of various angles to achieve what the client had been promised.

If any one is old enough to remember the Monty Python sketch for Hi-Fi equipment I would liken it to that scenario, if you haven’t seen it yet I am sure it’s on You-Tube!

If you found this blog interesting then why not join me over the coming months on a journey to unfold the mysteries of good Lighting design.