One beam of light is enough to cast away the darkness. It is the puppeteer that creates the interplay of shadows. Lighting design and innovation have come a long way. With incorporation of technology the energy efficiency has drastically changed. The designs have become more sleek and smart and fully automated. Shami Goregaoker, Project Manager and Design Strategist, GA Design shares her outlook on the paradigm shift on Lighting Design and Innovation.
Light is the basic and one of the most important needs of mankind today. It plays a major role in home décor and helps in making your personal living space comfortable. Whether it is your living room or bathroom, the right kind of lighting provides softness, gives depth and creates an appropriate ambience in a room. One needs to look at the space and character of the house and choose lighting accordingly to make the space look bigger and airier than it actually is. The secret to creating an envious home is not how much money you spend, but how well you use what you have. In additional to functionality, lighting can also have a tremendous influence on the mood of a room.
Lighting forms about 20% of the world’s electrical consumption and therefore there is a growing need to adopt cleaner energy solutions. It has now become important and necessary to create energy efficient and sustainable lighting solutions. The innovation of such products and services provide lighting designers, installers and consumers an economical and sustainable choice in minimizing our global carbon footprint. Material waste can be minimized with the use of energy efficient sources such as LED, induction, T5 and plasma technologies. Coupled with innovative design features and component choices that maximize maintenance frequencies, these design selections encompass best in system controls such as smart dimming and sensor controls; thus maximizing the overall system performance whilst maintaining optical excellence and more importantly, minimizing our carbon footprint.
Lighting pollution is another phenomenon of global concern. Light pollution, unlike other forms of contamination and waste, remains largely overlooked and unregulated in many countries. It is the excessive, misdirected or invasive use of artificial outdoor lighting.
Mismanaged lighting affects environment, energy resources, wildlife, humans and astronomy research. The threat of light pollution continues to grow as the demand for artificial lighting multiplies every decade. Wasted light is wasted energy. Recent statistics show that approximately 30% of all light emitted by public outdoor light fixtures is wasted. This total amount of wasted electrical energy each year is enough to illuminate over 11 million homes and power over 7,77,000 cars.
However, light pollution can be contained or reduced by improving outdoor lighting practices. Although outdoor lighting serves a purpose to provide visibility and safety at night, it can cause discomfort to others. There are several ways in which you can reduce light pollution without compromising on comfort and safety. As a first step, the use of CFL and LED bulbs will help. Going further, you can use light shields with varying degrees of cut-off as required as well as light sensors to have the light on only when required. The last and most basic step is to turn off lights when not required.
As for home lighting, it doesn’t help to go overboard and pack too much in one room. There is no need to have spot lights, pendant lights, wall-washers, chandeliers and cabinet lights all in one room. It is advisable to carry on the same theme throughout the room and the house whether it is contemporary or traditional or period specific. The most effective way of lighting modern homes is the use of indirect lighting which shields off the source and an intelligent use of reflective surfaces. The use of LED and CFL bulbs are both economical and environment-friendly. Installing dimmers will give you the option of creating different moods within the same room and the use of sensors will help minimize wastage. If you follow these simple design guidelines, you are sure to achieve near-perfection in lighting up your home and at the same time help the environment by reducing luminous pollution.
|About The Author|
Shami Goregaoker is Project Manager and Design Strategist at GA Design, Mumbai. She studied interior design at Sir J J School of Arts as well as Nirmala Niketan Polytechnic. She gained experience at GA design and has assisted interior design projects of luxury apartments and club houses in Mumbai. Shami is now a certified colour consultant and is equipped with extensive knowledge on interior styling and colour & lighting concepts. She has contributed to several project stories and features in the city’s leading publications.