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We’re featured on e-architect!

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We’re featured on e-architect!

We’ve recently had four of our articles published on e-architect: Engaging a lighting designer Lighting your living space Lighting smart cities Lighting an outdoor...

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Architects and lighting: getting the best for your client

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Architects and lighting: getting the best for your client

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 the way I believe it should. We all recognise that electricians are great at doing their job, but that...

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Don’t leave lighting as an afterthought – engage a lighting designer before submitting for planning

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Don’t leave lighting as an afterthought – engage a lighting designer before submitting for planning

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 for everything we do from reading, working, cooking and eating to having a bath and going to bed. But...

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Lighting Smart Cities

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Lighting Smart Cities

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 is not just about having LED street lights. It’s far more than that. Getting the lighting right for a smart...

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Lighting your living space

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Lighting your living space

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 stage of a new project or refurbishment. Eliminating shadows from the corners of a space is important and light...

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The professional environment: getting the lighting right

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How often do you hear that the lighting in an office gives a member (or members) of the team headaches? More often than not, we have to rely on fluorescent lighting, rather than daylight. There has been extensive research done on the office environment which recommends basic principles for improving employee health and wellbeing through the best use of lighting, as well as other health and safety factors which need to be taken into consideration. The latter looks at potential risks in the environment and includes points such as the inclusion...

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Hotel lighting – make yours stand out from the crowd

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Would you be able to differentiate one hotel from another by the way it’s lit? Many look very similar from the kerb, due to standard lighting techniques being used and no defining features. By making your frontage unique with creative and considered use of light, you’ll be able to stand out from the crowd. But it’s not just the outside that’s important. Internally, lighting can make or break the traveller’s hotel experience – something which is illustrated by recent extensive research conducted in London, which suggested that of 10,000 recent...

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Prestigious award for Chris Watts Lighting Design

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Prestigious award for Chris Watts Lighting Design

We’ve been crowned Best Lighting Designer – South West England as part of the 2017 Luxury Goods Awards! The awards showcase the most innovative and dynamic firms throughout various industries that offer unique and versatile solutions and support to their clients. Winners are decided through a combination of votes gathered and research – which takes into account region, performance, commitment to innovation and methods of working. According to Industry Insight, which has a subscriber base of 55,000: “Throughout the world and across...

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Lighting your kitchen the right way

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Lighting your kitchen the right way

Kitchens can be notoriously difficult to light. Lighting needs to be correctly positioned and angled to allow the safe use of appliances and surfaces for normal daily activities, but it also can become a feature. It’s therefore important to consider how you’re going to use the room, before you begin. Lighting must be suitably located to facilitate the task at hand – preparing meals, handling hot pots and pans, cleaning up and often dining too. If you’re chopping vegetables, the light needs to reach the surface from three different points and...

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A little light can go a long way in a garden – here are our top tips for lighting an outdoor space

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A little light can go a long way in a garden – here are our top tips for lighting an outdoor space

During the dark evenings in winter, popping out to the shed or greenhouse can be an accident waiting to happen. Clutching a torch, while negotiating a slippery path isn’t ideal – thankfully there are lots of ways to provide outdoor lighting. Lighting in a garden can make a great impact, but there are several common errors to avoid. First and foremost, a little goes a long way. You can light a large garden with just a few watts. A lighting designer will have a look at the space and discuss the general layout with you and your landscape...

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