Impacts of LED technology on Lighting Design

“Lightcentric” is my key word for the future and the future belongs to the lighting designer.

In the Anthropocene world that we have created, the lighting designer will be responsible for the form, shape and the chosen surface materials of all future buildings inside and outside.
Cities and urban clusters will be conceived, constructed or reconstructed to use the day light and the shade as its generic design tool. If you think this sounds like science fiction then think again, the management of daylight and its interaction with artificial light is the key to all future holistic city and architectural planning.
The lighting revolution with the development of ever smaller, compacter and more efficient lighting sources, lenses and smart interactive management systems, will mean that light will only be present where it should be, when and where we want to have it. Much of the technology required to achieve this is already available, but the user, “man” himself has not as yet understood the importance of this development. Present city planning and building projects are still being developed with primitive lighting concepts, planners and citizens need to “embrace the new to protect the past”. In the future, entire buildings, objects and surfaces will give us the light and the darkness we require, historical buildings will light from within, “sources” will all but disappear from view, stars will appear and the word “skyline” will receive a new meaning and importance. This is the dawn of a new architecture, a LIGHT architecture not just human centric but LIGHTCENTRIC”.

Ruairí O’Brien