Saturday, August 28, 2010


I went to a lighting seminar in Kelowna, in June 2010. It was hosted by the IDIBC, Kelowna chapter, of which I am a member. The presenters were Joseph Scott from Tripped on Light, Clarissa Raymundo from Canlyte Philips, Don Milner from SLS Group, and representatives from CDM2 Lightworks. They showed us how lighting science is rapidly evolving.

The above image is from the Tripped On Light web page. Joseph helped us refresh our memory with a review of lighting terminology. He recommends to use a black baffle in a recessed downlight to reduce glare. Joseph mentioned the photography Law of Thirds during his presentation. I will definitely need to learn more about this visual arts tool.

Clarissa presented information about IESNA lighting level guidelines, lighting power density, colour temperature, and luminous hierarchy. Don introduced us to control techniques including light harvesting, scenes, occupancy sensors, daylighting sensors, and control zone schedules. It becomes more and more clear how important lighting designers are. There is so much to know about lighting parameters that it takes full-time focus to be proficient in the art.

Lightworks displayed some of their products, and have an extensive collection online at I am typically attracted to European designed products like this one.

Many of us were impressed with their closet rod shown below. They also have an LED coloured light fixture that can be installed flush in your driveway and be driven over! Lighting technology is most certainly a leader of design innovation. I plan to spend some time trying to catch up with them.

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