Lighting Design for Architectural Installations

By Paul Dexter
While the application of lighting is divided into specialty crafts, the basis for designing lighting, whether it's an office lobby or a theatrical production is essentially the same - The designer has a duty to fulfill the prerequisite of delivering a practical illumination package that will harmonize with physical parameters and the desired purpose for lighting change, using all known aspects of good lighting practice.

What's the Purpose?
Although the design basis for all lighting disciplines outcome may be the same, the considerations for each lighting category are inherently different, complete with their own complexities. Illuminating Engineering Society of North AmericaFor example, a theatrical lighting purpose may be to simulate an ominous night scene, but an architectural purpose may be to provide a precise and even 50 footcandles for a 30" tall workspace spanning 30' from a ceiling height of 12'.

The Approach
The architectural lighting approach is far more formal than theater with myriad fixtures and controls designed for specific tasks all calculated according to lighting and energy efficiency, specific codes and standards that are generally guided by the IESNA (Illuminating Engineering Society of America).

Experience and Training
A designer in theater can, with some research and work experience cross over into film lighting, and in many cases, Theater catwalkit becomes a natural progression to move into the film medium from theater as the theatrical production is often the subject of film producers. However, in my theatrical lighting and touring production career (since 1973), I've observed that it's not as common for a theatrical designer to cross-over into architectural lighting. This may be because it doesn't coincide with fulfilling artistic aspirations or the transient brush-with-fame lifestyle that the theatrical production brings. Architecture is another animal; it's complex and to practice appropriately, one must acquire formal training.

Penn State Architectural LightingSo to become versed to this end, in 2000, I enrolled in the only two Graduate internet study courses offered by Penn State University for "Daylighting" and the study of "Building Illumination Theory". From these very extensive and intense courses, and juxtapose over thirty years of mastering the craft of theatrical and film lighting through practical experience, Masterworks is indeed a qualified authority and practitioner to consult, engineer and design lighting for retro-fit architectural installations.

Unique Design Difference
Theater before the crowds Masterworks Design brings a distinct and rare difference that separates the lighting design approach from the architect or interior decorator/light designer. It's theater passion and unconventional methods meeting up with a formally practiced craft. Achieving lighting drama using contrasts and apply an eccentric design perspective to accent furniture, art and other scenic elements along with, the number one architectural lighting objective: address the practical lighting need within the guidelines of an established profession.

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