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Full of passion


Martin Lupton & Sharon Stammers of Light Collective share their love for lighting.


We are passionate about light. We are evangelical about light. Of course we are; we are a lighting design consultancy. Our problem is that we can’t understand why other people don’t feel the same way about the medium. Light is as intertwined with our very being as is air. It controls our sleep patterns, our digestion, mood, productivity, vision... ‘Light is an elixir vitae, our bodies are calibrated to the oscillations of the sky and the patterns of luminous change’. Bearing this in mind, we can’t


understand why light is so far down the architectural agenda and almost always an add-on to the design of a building. In our collective 30 years of lighting


design, there have been great advances in technology, daylighting techniques, interactive control systems, new sources such as LED and OLEDS, and amazing research into how the human brain and


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body are finely turned to the nuances of light. All this is changing how we as designers invite natural and artificial lighting into the spaces that we work, live and play. What we haven’t seen evolve is lighting design within the architectural process. It is still the exception rather than the


norm that the expertise of a lighting designer is engaged at the offset of a project and our special knowledge exploited, to make every building one which is built using light to the best human advantage. It is still the exception that a lighting designer is given a comparable budget to other consultants. Largely this is down to education;


architectural courses lack syllabus components on light; clients are unaware of the advantages good lighting can bring to a building; and in general, lighting is seen as a layer to beautify a space rather than an integral part of a


building. In this age of energy driven construction and a desire to create human orientated design, we truly hope that the unrealised potential of the lighting designer will be incorporated into the project team from the start. As designers, we always want to


explain to architects and clients what we do and why we do it so we have created an opportunity; an event called LoveLight. LoveLight is a day of short talks by passionate people to explain why we as designers love light. We want to spread the word in a gospel style that light and lighting is a wonderful thing. Lovelight is taking place in London on the 7th October. Join us.


Contact The Light Collective www.lightcollective.net


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