Fred Maxik is one of the world’s foremost experts in Solid State Lighting. He is Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Lighting Science Group, North America’s largest developer and manufacturer of ground-breaking LED bulbs and lighting systems. Maxik, the principal inventor on hundreds of patents in the US and worldwide, has more than 25 years of experience in innovating environmentally friendly technologies. He has been recognized with the Champion for Change Award (White House, U.S.), A Congressional Medal of Merit (Congress, U.S.), the NASA Group Achievement Award, the Samuel Bard Award in Science and Medicine and the Friends of the Phelophepa Award, given by Desmond Tutu.
Transition of Illumination – Light Centric Humans
We thought we had conquered light. We reveled in illumination without limits, rebelling against natural shadows in our spaces and expelling darkness from our nights. However, this arrogance attached to our ability to control ambient lighting has prevented a transition towards improved lighting and life. Our vanity has held us back from evolving towards lighting that works with our natural rhythms and environment. Instead we continue to overindulge in artificial solutions that can be detrimental to our wellbeing.
This way of thinking is impacting the very language of lighting; we talk about human centric lighting, but I would argue that we should speak of light-centric humans. We have only begun to scratch the surface of how light impacts us and our shared environment. As we enhance our understanding and capture the science of light, we should advance our language, metrics and intentions in regards to lighting, moving beyond the superficial dark/light illumination relationship into a deeper relationship with light that considers and fosters its unseen powers on all that is living. What are the possibilities that lie just beyond illumination?
In this scientific, philosophical and intriguing session, we will take a look at the downfalls inherent in our ability to illuminate and the possibilities that appear when we recognize them.