Blaze of glory

“Every light is a shade, compared to the higher lights, till you come to the sun; and every shade is a light, compared to the deeper shades, till you come to the night.” —John Ruskin (1879). We filter information around us as a way…

Changing perspective

Light is used as a device of expression in a space. It has the ability to focus or divert the eye. Through a set of illumination principles, there is a certain grammar that emerges when manipulating perception with light. This means that, by…

Light sleeper

Light plays a significant role in how we function from day to day. Our light environment influences when and how well we sleep. Artificial lighting has added another dimension to our body clock’s relationship to the day. There is a level of…

Plant lamps

One of the biggest limitations to the spread of digital technology in remote parts of the world is access to energy. A shortage of electric energy in isolated areas was a question tackled by a research group at the Universidad de Ingeniería…

A light by any other name

With the rise of smart infrastructure in our cities, we are becoming increasingly connected and able to monitor and control our surrounds. This ability to link networks together goes from the scale of a bulb in our home to having the ability…

Claiming the forgotten

A lot of the ways we use light is to mimic the day. We illuminate the corners forgotten by the sun and create inhabitable spaces during the night. And often light can take on a life of its own, revealing a previously unseen dimension of a surface or…

Learning from the new Tate modern and the 24 hour city

Light in the city is important for many reasons. It brings safety to dark spaces, affects mood and behaviour and can inspire awe and impress. City lighting in London was first introduced in the 1700s when oil lamps were used to illuminate…

Lighting a kid's room

When lighting brand Plumen had the bright idea to add colourful strands of bunting to cables attached to their signature Drop Cap pendants and sculpted bulbs, they were doing something more than simple child’s play. Like winter colds at…

LED Colour-Scapes

LEDs open up a world of colour. With a combination of white light and the three primary colours; red, green and blue, the results are endless. How do we put this palette to use? LED light cannot only be used to highlight architectural elements;…

A lesson in light; getting your best side

Because who doesn’t want the perfect selfie? Getting your best side on the go is becoming increasingly important. Lighting tech is meeting the demand and LED turns out to be the answer. Lenovo, who now own Motorola, have just released…