I am house hunting at the moment. This is a fun activity. I enjoy browsing the net for houses both affordable and unaffordable.
As a lighting designer I am always curious to see how houses are lit. Old houses I of course expect to be lit conventionally, and often badly. What has shocked me though is how many brand new houses are also badly lit. This is especially obvious in the kitchens where the position of the light fittings in 90% of the new homes I have looked at is simply wrong. Wrong because the task lighting will be masked when the cook stands at the work surface.
Are builders/electricians/Architects really so ill informed that they don’t understand the simple physics of how light travels? Or do they simply not care? I realise that for many new builds the cost of a lighting designer is considered unwarranted, that’s fine, but it really is about time that builders/electricians/Architects paid a little more attention to how the spaces are lit.
I run occasional CPD courses for Architects and, as part of the course, ask those present to rate three different ways of lighting a bathroom. It is depressing how many still think that a spot directly over a basin is the best way to provide lighting. Don’t Architects get taught about lighting as part of their course?
We are 10!
It is now 10 years since we started WowLighting. And what an amazing 10 years it has been. The breadth and width of our customer base has been truly amazing.
In the 10 busy years since WowLighting started it has created lighting schemes for new build homes, refurbishments, hotels, restaurants, shops, churches, galleries, offices, sports centres, schools, etc., and has worked on projects for Channel 4’s Grand Designs and ITV’s Hell’s Kitchen. WowLighting works throughout the UK and abroad in countries including France, Spain, Ireland, USA, Tobago, Barbados, and Cambodia.
A celebration is in order so….
WowLighting is giving out prizes! The winner of our free entry competition will receive 10 hours of free lighting design consultation! This should be enough to create a fully specified lighting scheme for one or two rooms. But that is not all. We are also giving 10 lucky runners up a free 1 hour consultation. The competition is open to anyone including Architects, property developers, builders, and home and business owners, or even just the curious!
To enter simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Competition”. Please include your full contact details as well. The prize draw takes place on September 29th winners will be notified shortly thereafter.
Now for some birthday cake