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Lighting in Design June 2017In his article, Contemporary trends in lighting design, Paul Pamboukian makes the point that the lighting industry is relatively young. When we consider this, and the fact that for much of lighting’s 130-odd year history the incandescent lamp was the prime light source, we can only be amazed at the transition of the industry in the past twenty or so years. As Pamboukian says, like a whirlwind, the solid state revolution has changed our lives.

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LightinginDesign FebMarch 2017Although there are instances where flicker from a light source can be desirable – the flicker of candlelight is one such example and, to be honest, the only one I can think of – for the most part it is annoying and, in some cases, debilitating. Electronic ballasts virtually eliminated the infuriating flicker that was for years the curse of many workplaces, but an old problem has been made new again in the age of LEDs.

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Lighting in Design November December 2016Waterfall Wilds is a retail centre in the prestigious Waterfall region, an urban development that aims to become a ‘green city’ and prides itself on contemporary urban design and approved planning principles.

Krynauw Nel, well known for his philosophy of harmonious integration of human and environment, was the architect responsible for the design of the 2900 m2 centre. As one would expect, it is less conventional than the average building in the area and has minimal visual impact on the environment.

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Lighting in design august september 2016Well designed and well maintained urban squares have a positive impact on their local economy, increase social cohesion, offer a safe place for people to meet, and generally improve the environments in which they are situated. They can be excellent marketing tools and, of course, increase the worth of properties in the area. The value of public squares is considerably increased with good illumination, which ensures that their functionality extends well into the night, when people are at ease and looking to enjoy themselves.

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LightinginDesignTraditional manufacturers at Light + Building 2016 all unveiled systems that offer compatibility: lighting with a professional service – light management, location-based messaging, broadcasting, energy saving. At certain press events one could be forgiven for being confused as to how much some of the topics had to do with lighting, particularly when presentations focused on connectivity, Smart Cities, energy efficiency and the Internet of Things (IoT).

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Lighting in Design March 2016More and more in Lighting in Design we are covering projects where the brief to the architect and lighting designer is for an office environment that encourages conversation, stimulates creative thinking, offers retreat nooks and accommodates digital interaction. Long gone, in most large corporations, are the days where people tread quietly on thick carpets, talked in hushed tones in the corporate boardroom and shifted heaps of paper on their desks to find a clear space; or, in traditionally more creative environments, where creative thought was best arrived at in the local pub. Not that this is a bad thing ...

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