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I often get asked where I’m located, and while I understand that sometimes the client really wants to meet the team they’re working with, I really don’t need to be there in person to complete the design. This allows me to keep my fee low, as I’m able to complete the work remotely. I start with a set of questions – the answers of which are needed for me to take the design forward. These questions often go to not only the client,...

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I’ve mentioned a few times over the past few months the need for a lighting designer to be much more involved with the planning of a space. I’ve received many good comments from architects and developers who feel that lighting is not considered as important as it should be. I don’t know if it’s just being left off the schedule, or whether the electrical engineer and electrician are saying they can do it, but it isn’t being prioritised...

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Many people leave lighting as an afterthought. They’re used to walking into a room, flicking a switch and – voila! – let there be light. There is, of course, very much more to it than that. Primarily, lighting is functional because we all need to see where we are going and what we are doing. You wouldn’t negotiate a flight of stairs or wield a carving knife in complete darkness. We need good quality lighting at home and in the office...

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Recently we’ve noticed that there are a considerable number of smart cities being either built or considered. Each time I look at the plans there seems to be a considerable lack of inclusion of lighting in the proposals. I make a desperate plea to the planners, architects, government departments and just about anybody who is involved with a smart scheme, to include a real lighting design within the overall plan. Lighting a smart city...

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The main living space in your home can be known by several different names – the living room, lounge, or sitting room – but whatever you call it this room has one main function, to be a comfortable space where the whole family can relax. The main living space has many uses, including reading, watching TV and if your home is open plan, dining too. These all require different lighting requirements and should be discussed at the design...

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