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AAA Design Series: Lighting Develops Memories of a Lifetime

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Lighting design has the ability to create a space that sparks emotional connections between people. These links, eventually, result in the creation of memories. There is a particular kind of memory that is the consequence of an engaging atmosphere: an eidetic memory. Also known as a photographic memory, eidetic memory is an ability to recall an image after seeing it only once, with high precision for a brief time after exposure. An eidetic memory can be triggered by the impact a built space has on the observer. This involves aspects like architectural and interior design as well as the light play within the space. Lighting designers, in particular, are skilled at crafting environments that leave a lasting impression on the inhabitants. It is within those modified environments that people develop photographic memories of an event, restaurants, hotel, gym or urban landscape.

Transforming Spaces, Transforming Lives

Many don’t realise it, but lighting is one of the most important elements of contemporary architectural design. Lighting not only plays with our perceptions but also creates distinctive sensations and spatial experiences. It can, if desired, completely change an existing design. It is only natural that design professionals responsible for innovative lighting have both the formal training and on-the-job experience to support their work. Ideally, lighting design ideas recommended to clients building modern homes in Islamabad should be detached from any motive to promote a particular brand or outlet.

Responding to One’s Environment

Lighting designers bring solid technical and sensitive design techniques to the table for clients. Combined knowledge of a wide range of topics, including physics, optics, ergonomics, business, environmental issues, construction, and design, are all essential in creating innovative lighting solutions. In addition to project work, lighting designers may also attend educational seminars and workshops to stay updated about the latest products and techniques within the rapidly evolving industry.

Trusting a Bona Fide Expert

In the market, those willing to provide efficient light management and energy conservation consultancy services often also claim to be lighting designers. This prevents clients from engaging the services of professional lighting designers and instead they end up working with light technicians, lighting solutions retailers, and general contractors. Architects, facility managers, designers, electrical engineers, builders, and owners rely on professional lighting designers to augment their projects. They realise the value a lighting design professional brings in delivering outstanding client service. Lighting designers work with the owner, contractors, and distributors so that they can efficiently execute their plan while remaining in the budget. They not only select equipment from manufacturers in order to keep bids competitive but they also recommend techniques that can reduce the overall installation costs. Additionally, they can significantly reduce operational costs by improving the surface area’s reflection factor, integrating daylight with electrical lighting, and avoiding overlighting spaces within a building project.

Lighting design has now become a creative extension of architectural design. It improves the aesthetic appeal of a project while supporting the architect’s desired design philosophy. Lighting design practice addresses the visibility and horizontal footcandles (non-SI unit of illuminance or light intensity) in a commercial, industrial, or residential space. It is only natural that prospective homeowners seek out the expertise of a lighting designer who is working with a reputable architectural design firm.


Amer Adnan Associates