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The Language of Light

People's attitudes to lighting design are paradoxical. Those people who have never considered the subject in any depth accept it as part of life and living, requiring little more thought than the strategic placing of some 60 W 'bulbs' and the operation of a switch. And, to a point, they are right. After all, there are very few situations where there is insufficient light by which to see. The danger occurs when a person with this attitude has to make responsible lighting decisions on behalf of other people. The paradox is that as soon as a person becomes involved in lighting he or she enters a new science which demands imagination and engineering ability. To be successful, the person must be creative in his or her ability to reveal and display the visual scene. The person must also have confidence in the calculations and an understanding of the available lighting tools. It is perhaps little wonder that electric lighting seldom compares favourably with daylight ..