What is Illuminating a Public Space? We teach you everything you need to know
Do you want to learn how to illuminate a public space? It’s not a matter of just placing lamps to “illuminate” streets, parks or squares so “people can see where they are walking through”.
The lighting of a public space must be conceptual, designed for people who will enjoy that place.
It is about creating through light a space that thrills, that transmits emotion and that manages to become a meeting point to which we always want to go again and again without getting bored.
This theory can also be applied to projects for the recovery of abandoned public spaces
Light is the only element that has the capacity to bring to space all the nuances that will define it visually.
In its application, perceptive, plastic and technical components converge.
The use of these components is what converts light into an element with a great capacity for transformation, communication and release of sensations for people
Where to begin a lighting project for a public space?
But… where to begin when we have to illuminate a public space?
We leave you four basic actions that as an architect or designer will serve as a guide:
1- ANALYZE SPACE FROM ITS NATURAL LIGHT
The first to do to thing to achieve illumination of a public space is to explore and analyze the space with natural light.
It is essential that you make an checklist of the possible states of color, use and behavior of people in that place.
The architecture of a public space intervened with a lighting project should know how to enhance the analyzed characteristics and contribute new experiences in the interaction of the user with the space.
As a professional you must generate new and attractive places where its focus of attention, circulation, settlement and visuals are:
- and especially very fun.
Once the space has been analyzed then it’s time to take action.
2.- DESIGN AN ILLUMINATION CONCEPT
A concept refers to intention, sensations, how forms should be perceived with a criteria that arises from your creativity.
This process must always start from an act of imagination where you never think about the emitter.
Do not design lighting with luminaires or lamps in mind.
Design lighting with LIGHT in mind.
The “concept” must be the matrix that allows you to develop professional lighting work and all this concept must emerge from creativity and intention.
3.-APPLY FUNCTIONS TO LIGHT BASING ON EFFECTS
Once you have the concept developed from the emotions and atmosphere that you want to create then it’s time to think about the emitter.
The freedom of your conceptual work will depend exclusively on technical sufficiency.
This means that the more knowledge you have of the characteristics of light emitting equipment, the better and more benefits you will get in your work.
It is important to know that this is where plays an important role to know how to select and work with professional light emitters and have excellent technical assistance by your side to be advised on the best emitter to bring your idea to reality.
4.-SEEK EFFICIENCY IN YOUR PROJECT
The LED technology and the new generation of light emitters allow us to get closer and closer to really efficient solutions.
With this we mean that you must seek to be optimal at every process that involves a work of illumination.
You must be optimal in the design but also in the selection of products.
As we have commented many times, never neglect calculations of the cost of the luminaires, of the installation (wiring, labor, etc).
And there is something you must always keep in mind: replacement and maintenance.
When you do a lighting design job for public spaces you must think the macro view and look forward. Don’t be alone in the field of design and creation.
Remember that everything you translate into paper must be profitable when it materializes.
In conclusion remember that Illuminating a public space is primarily an act of recognition of the surrounding architecture.
This lighting is achieved by identifying the values of edge, perspectives, circulation.
Also pay special attention to nearby spotlights, distant spotlights and speed of circulation (the time people take to travel that space).
Finally we want you to understand that urban lighting design must exist to enhance the environment, with creative, technical innovation and the guarantee of providing safety and fun to all people who relate in that place.
The idea is that visitors want to come back again and again because of you.