Night of Heritage Light

To celebrate 2015 being the UNESCO International Year of Light, the Society of Light and Lighting (SLL) undertook an ambitious project to “light-map” the UK and Ireland by illuminating a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites for one night only, The Night of Heritage Light (NoHL).

Jurassic Coast. Credit: Mike Massaro.

Jurassic Coast. Credit: Mike Massaro.

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The dream of illuminating

I have worked in many fields of lighting for almost 15 years. The more I learn the more I realise how little I know. It makes me humble and enthusiastic to all the aspects of light.

Last fall I was wondering what will happen in the opening ceremony of the International Year Of Light and asked about it to my friend Pasi Vahimaa (Professor of photonics / IYL 2015 National contact for Finland) . We had a conversation and I proposed that it would be really nice to do something in large scale. Then Pasi introduced my idea to John Dudley (Chair of the IYL 2015 Steering Committee). I proposed to John that I really would like to do something and he said yes. I got very excited and happy even though I needed to get most of the funding for my project and the timetable was really tight for a project of such scale.

Light is Here Installation at UNESCO HQ during the IYL 2015 Opening Ceremony. Credit: UNESCO.

Light is Here Installation at UNESCO HQ during the IYL 2015 Opening Ceremony. Credit: UNESCO.

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Lets talk about Gobos!

Historically Gobos have been used in theatre for decades and are now widely used by everyone from lighting designer, wedding DJ’s to FSTE 500 companies for branding, decoration, creating atmosphere, the list goes on and on. As 2015 is the International Year of Light I think we need to talk about gobos.

Custom Gobos Produced for ÅF Lighting Showing Finished Roundabout Project. Credit: Projected Image.

Custom Gobos Produced for ÅF Lighting Showing Finished Roundabout Project. Credit: Projected Image.

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How Lighting Ensures our Security and Safety

Security in today’s world is defined by light. Yes, that CCTV camera you passed on your way home from work, that License Plate Recognition Camera at the car park, that facial recognition system in the airport or any camera for that matter – they all need light to work well – fact. Without light, there is no image. Without the right/good light, there is no good image. But not all light is the same, and it is the quantity, quality and distribution of light that governs image quality. Light is indispensable to security cameras and good lighting determines whether the captured images will stand up to intense scrutiny and deliver the required results. Sure, all cameras deliver good images during the day – easy. But most crime occurs at night and it is the night time performance of your camera which should most interest you and when good lighting really counts and can make the difference.

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The Shine of Fotang Town – Regaining Historical Fragments

Not every city presents historical and cultural ambience at night, even though there are ancient buildings, because excellent historical and cultural heritages need professional lighting to emphasize and continue its spirit.The Regain of Historical Fragments, the Shine of Fotang Town

Every old house, apart from experience the erosion from wind and rain by years, manifests a memory of the past.  Lighting not only needs to spot on the tile roof, wall and window edges of the old house, but also brightens the heart of the person who walks into it.  Therefore, lighting is an important expression means to wake up memory in people’s mind.

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