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Lighting Design: Consider the Following

The Classics: Because Good Design Never Goes Out of Style

Emerging Leader Profile: Featuring Luke Tanguay
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 Lighting Design

Consider the Following

Good lighting can make or break a space.  Lighting Design is a field that interconnects Interior Design, Architecture and Electrical Engineering.  This profession takes into account not only recommended light levels for human comfort and energy efficiencies but also serves to further the design aesthetics of the built environment.  Unfortunately, not every project has the scale or money to hire a Lighting Designer to be part of a project.  Here are some things to consider when designing ceiling layouts to help further the impact lighting can have on your space.
  • Try to provide 3 types of lighting.  General lighting provides overall fill and gives you the light levels you need to see your way around or perform a given task.  Direct/Indirect pendants or recessed downlights are a good examples of this.  Accent lighting is used to highlight materials, finishes or objects.  Linear wall washes or adjustable track can accomplish this.  Sparkle is just that, decorative lighting for visual interests sake.  This can be a single element or a series of them to make a statement.
  • Play with light and shadow.  Take a cue from nature and use Accent and Sparkle to play up and down locations around your space to provide depth and have somewhere for your eyes to rest. 
  • Light surfaces.  With energy codes getting stricter, the perceived level of brightness in a space can go a long way to making a space feel comfortable.  Indirectly light the ceiling or wash an entire wall to get the most out of your materials reflective properties. 
  • Use task, when possible, in office settings.  Not only is it in the sustainability mind set of lower overall lighting in the General lighting fixtures, it gives users control over their own space.
  • Integrate lighting into changes in planes or materiality to help emphasize these architectural moves. 
  • Last but not least, utilize your local lighting reps to order samples and test mock-ups of different lighting color temperatures and the materials you are trying to highlight.
Overwhelmed?  Check out the International Association of Lighting Designer's homepage to search for a Lighting Design Professional near you. 

The Classics
Because Good Design Never Goes Out of Style

There are a handful of the classics that everyone is familiar with, whether they are "in the industry" or not. Here are a few of the major players who have been duplicated and imitated time and again, but nothing compares to the original.
Designed in 1962 by the famed Castiglioni brothers, no detail was spared in the design of this lamp from the beveled corners of the genuine Carrera marble base to the strategic hole that allows for easy lifting. Featured in Hollywood classics including Diamonds are Forever and The Italian Job, the Arco is a design icon that has been in constant production since its debut in 1962.
The PH Artichoke pendant light, designed by Danish architect Poul Henningsen in 1958, is comprised of 72 precisely positioned leaves, which form 12 unique rows of 6 leaves each. This light was originally created for the Langelinie Pavilion in Copenhagen.
Originally produced in 1952 by designer George Nelson, the Nelson Saucer Bubble Pendant is an inconic ceiling light that diffuses soft light into any interior. The original was part of a series inspired by a set of silk-covered Swedish hanging lamps. You can now find knock-offs of this light by the dozen.
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Did you know that if every home in the U.S. switched just one inefficient light bulb with one that has earned the Energy Star, that would be equivalent to taking 800,000 vehicles off the road in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, and it would cut down on all kinds of pollutants that come from coal power plants. 
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Luke Tanguay

Company: CBT 
Concentration: Workplace 
College/University: New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University
Year(s) of Graduation: 2014
What is your strongest personal quality:  Optimism 
What skill set are you most proud of professionally?:  Being an active listener and observer of a client's needs/vision and translating those needs into the design and function of a space.
What was your first thought when you woke up this morning?: Time to run to Dunkin'. 
What is your best childhood memory?: Decorating the house for any and every holiday with my family. 
What's your go to for de-stressing?:  A ball of yarn and some knitting needles.
Revit, CAD, or Sketchup?:  Revit 
Are you usually early or late?:  Early
What three things are in your bag?:  Planner, tape measure, and some of my favorite pens
If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning a medal for?:  Miniature Golf

Why did you choose to become an Interior Designer?: To take my passions of creativity, problem solving and math and put them into one area of concentration where I can help shape and improve built environments to make life more enjoyable, efficient and exciting for its end users. 
What is one goal you'd like to accomplish in your lifetime?: Personally, adopt a kid(s) and give them the best life possible. Career wise, land a design I have worked on in a design publication. 
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