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Identity - - CONTENTS - TEXT: JOANNE MOLINA

I n an­tic­i­pa­tion of the re­gional premieres of The Per­fect Light at Light Mid­dle East (23-25 Septem­ber) and the Beirut De­sign Fair (20-23 Septem­ber), we caught up with Martin Lup­ton and Sharon Stam­mers of Light Col­lec­tive, the UK-based cre­ative light­ing con­sul­tancy that boasts a crazy mix­ture of ar­chi­tec­tural light­ing de­sign and light-based projects.

How do you de­fine the per­fect light in the 21st cen­tury?

The film shows that it’s im­pos­si­ble to de­fine. Every­body is able to de­scribe a sit­u­a­tion where they have ex­pe­ri­enced ‘per­fect light’ but it is par­tic­u­lar to that mo­ment. In an­other mo­ment, the light might be dif­fer­ent. There is a pop­u­lar light­ing de­sign say­ing: ‘The right light, in the right place at the right time’. This could help to de­scribe how we can cre­ate ‘per­fect light.’

What light­ing trends are you ex­cited about? Which give you pause?

For a long time, peo­ple have been talk­ing about lasers as some­thing that will re­place LEDs. It was even men­tioned in some of the in­ter­views. How­ever, at Light & Build­ing this year, we saw a few com­pa­nies show­cas­ing laser light and we weren’t very im­pressed with its qual­ity and couldn’t imag­ine it tak­ing off. The whole no­tion of con­nected light has al­ways seemed ex­cit­ing – but again we are fail­ing to see re­ally good use cases that con­vince us that light can be re­ally in­te­grated and can do more than dim or switch on and off…

How can light­ing en­hance well-be­ing?

The whole ‘hu­man-cen­tric’ and ‘bi­o­log­i­cal’ light­ing move­ment is in­ter­est­ing as it is fi­nally ac­knowl­edg­ing how im­por­tant it is that we are ex­posed to the right amount and right colour tem­per­a­ture of light through­out the day. How­ever, as an in­dus­try, we need to be very cau­tious as to how we sell light­ing that can sup­pos­edly en­hance well-be­ing. Like when sell­ing food and [pre­scrip­tion] drugs, this needs to be sub­stan­ti­ated.

What un­con­ven­tional light­ing con­cepts do you wish were nor­malised?

We al­ways wish that the same amount of at­ten­tion that is given to city cen­tres and high-end hous­ing could be ap­plied to every­one. It ap­pears that the best light­ing can be ex­pe­ri­enced only by those that can af­ford it. We also wish that light­ing ed­u­ca­tion was a main­stream topic and that every­one un­der­stood the ba­sics of light­ing in or­der to im­prove their en­vi­ron­ment.

What was the most chal­leng­ing part of creat­ing the film?

The most chal­leng­ing part was the fact that we are light­ing de­sign­ers, not film mak­ers, and this was an epic learn­ing curve. We shot far too much footage and had to cut down 30 hours to 35 min­utes – and we re­ally didn’t want to of­fend any of our amaz­ing par­tic­i­pants. It’s aimed at the light­ing in­dus­try specif­i­cally but can be viewed by ar­chi­tects and in­te­rior de­sign­ers or any­one else spec­i­fy­ing LED. We just ques­tion why and how we got to that place. Does it mean it’s the best light source ever? We wanted peo­ple to ques­tion that.

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