by Linus LopezDec 09, 2019
When looking at the future one of the biggest challenges we face is the amount we consume per capita to live. Although artificial lighting takes up a fraction of the energy being consumed, it is still significant to balance it with creating sustainable, liveable environments. But the sustainability argument can no longer be limited to just measuring and reducing the energy consumed in providing artificial light but needs to also look at the energy consumed in processing the materials and making the various components of the complete luminaire and then what to do with these materials at the end of their functional lives. This conversation also extended to include the sustainability of the profession of lighting design!
Kevan Shaw, Design Director of KSLD-EFLA Lighting Design and Director of Sustainability in the erstwhile PLDA, has always been at the forefront of developing technologies. These responsibilities, coupled with his background of study in Economic and Technological History and years in event lighting, have contributed to a wealth of experience in seeing and understanding trends in the lighting industry and forecasting the likely success or failure of a particular breakthrough.
In an insightful and deep discussion with Dr. Amardeep Dugar, a distinguished researcher and lighting designer himself, they traverse the trends in today’s lighting design industry examining the actual extent to which sustainability has developed as a platform for the future. Dugar’s research into finding solutions to modern day challenges has led him to publish a number of papers and he brings this learning to the conversation. Their combined experiences in practising in different parts of the world also yields insights into what it would take to make the profession more sustainable in the years ahead.