The Benefits of Good Lighting
Lighting design is the creative process for developing lighting solutions for the safe, productive and enjoyable use of the built environment. In the past there has been an overwhelming emphasis on assuring that an appropriate quantity of light is delivered to the task or work surface. Quality of light has been considered mainly in the limited sense of controlling direct glare from luminaires or reflected glare from surfaces and objects. However, lighting design extends far beyond these factors. Light is one of the tools used to shape our environment, visually and emotionally. Lighting design is a synthesis of light and shadow, color, form, space, rhythm, texture and proportion, achieved through an understanding of the technology necessary to produce these effects. Working with these elements is what distinguishes the work of the lighting designer from that of the artist, from whom the lighting designer draws inspiration, and from that of the engineer, from whom the designer learns practical problem solving.
Part of the appeal of designing with light is its illusive nature: its effect can be almost palpable and may be visually arresting, yet the rays of light themselves are usually invisible. When designers or users talk of “light,” they often mean the effect of light on a surface or object: highlight and shadow, soft gradations of light, or the sharp definition that comes with focused point sources. Light reveals form: wall planes, three-dimensional space, architectural details, furnishings, sculpture, the branching structure of trees. Light can enhance or diminish elements of the built environment and also the natural environment.
Light profoundly affects our feelings of well-being, awe and wonder, mood, comfort, and motivation. It influences how we perceive all the other elements. Light patterns evoke psychological responses such as “bright,” “dim,” “magical,” “dull,” “mysterious,” “pleasant,” and “forbidding.”
Reprinted from The Lighting Design Process (DG-7-94) with permission from the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.
What is Lighting Design?
Lighting a space, whether inside or out, is often one of the most noticeable yet overlooked aspects of any project. Lighting enhances architectural detail, interior design and function, and landscaping as no other medium can. Yet traditionally, owners and contractors have given only brief consideration to lighting. The reality is that lighting and lighting design deserve considerable attention as they permanently affect the overall appearance, function and character of a space.
While selecting fixtures is the most visible part of a great design, there are many important decisions that are made before the switch even turns on - the source and where it should be housed, located, how it is controlled, the code requirements and light levels - that are critical to the project’s success.
Why a Lighting Designer?
Understanding this entire process and how every decision affects the team (and, ultimately, the project’s owner) is what a lighting designer does best. Much the same way architects are trained to design great buildings, lighting designers are trained to design great lighting, with a unique insight from an electrical lighting point of view. Working with owners, architects and contractors, a lighting designer provides solutions that best fit the project, knowing that even the simplest nuance can create the most dramatic effect with creative use of light.
A lighting designer will work on your behalf to create safe, efficient and aesthetically pleasing surroundings with ample light to accomplish the task in any given area. Collaborating with the entire team results in specifying proper product and placement, insuring optimum aesthetic, energy-efficient and functional effect.
Why Evelyn?
The lighting industry is one of constant change. Whether the type of lamp or electrical codes, a lighting designer relies not only on their technical training but also on their years of experience to understand how lighting will affect each project. With over 20 years in the industry, Evelyn puts her knowledge to use on projects ranging from custom residential, landscape lighting and dimming control systems to commercial projects such as restaurants, retail, hospitality, medical facilities, galleries and museums.
With a career originating in interior design, Evelyn brings a unique perspective to her projects. Her experience and knowledge are always expanding as she partners with architects, contractors and industry experts to stay up-to-date on current trends and requirements. Understanding how light behaves and the response it can elicit are crucial to her success. From advances in automated lighting control systems to the newest fixture designs, Evelyn is able to apply practical resolutions to virtually any real-life situation.