Light is the centrai design element concerning our perception and has the power to change the mental state we are in. Light is equally elementary for life as are water and air. The industrial developments of the past few years have made possible amazing light and lamp designs. This volume illustrates the many new possibilities as well as giving some practical examples of how to apply light.
Light bulbs stili represent the most-sold source of light in the world. While this is most likely because they are so easy to use, affordability certainly plays a role as well. Nevertheless, innovative sources of light are gaining ground, most notably for their functionality and inconspicuous sockets. Indeed, light has become one of the most important and original means of design of contemporary architecture. Cutting-edge electronic technology in operational and control instruments allows the lighting to be adjusted to various individuai needs. By joining specific different lighting elements, a number of light scenarios can be created. White and colorful, warm and cool light can be combined to achieve a range of moods, specific to times of the day or individuai needs. Modern lighting techniques also enable objects and buildings to be accentuated and dramatically highlighted-even urban spaces can be attractively illuminated. Inner and outer spaces are harmonized and an increase in the quality of )ife is noticeably perceivable. Alternating sunlight and artificial sources of light bestows rooms and buildings with a new level of quality. Architects, designers and building owners are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of light planning in design and construction. Light creates an atmosphere, where human beings can live healthfully, work productively and relax. Images, therefore, include candle-lit dinners, illuminated facades and innovative museum lighting. Yet not all light is equal. Planners and executors have important requirements for light-for not only the technical aspects, but also the biological, architectural and esthetic effects of light need to be taken into consideration. Various solutions to ambitious light projects are presented here. The chosen examples include creative approaches to natural and artificial light, where esthetical and functional aspects merge. Particular attention is paid to the economical, ecologica) and ergonomic quality of the design. Each of the projects presented shows the constructive juxtaposition of art, design, architecture and light, engaging all the senses in the process.
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