Questions and Answers  

    Questions and Answers on Subtext of Context in Lighting Design webinar

    Are you using any natural light sources – e.g. naked flames with stained glass or other?
    Much as we would’ve liked to use fire (!) in the Varanasi project, it was proving too difficult to combine it safely in an integrated solution with electrical cabling. We finally proposed a combination of LEDs with a basic flicker circuit to mimic the flames.
    How do you utilize daylighting products in your designs? Like sky lights and tube lights?
    We are increasingly trying to integrate daylighting solutions in our projects, but very often it depends on when we get involved in the project.  To maximize the benefit of daylighting (while minimizing the negative impact of heat gain in the tropics!), it is essential to be involved early in the design stage. Where we have had an early entry, we have integrated both skylights and light tubes into the lighting solution for a variety of projects.
    Which brands do you mainly use for your projects?
    The choices vary depending on type of project and budgets available. What we look for in a brand is support during preliminary design stages and then during sampling and mock-ups, but most importantly, for post-commissioning services. We also do a lot of customization – sometimes minor tweaks in an existing product and sometimes a completely new project-specific design.
    Did you ever think of using intelligent lighting in anyway? (moving fixtures)
    We highly recommend using “intelligence” of all sorts in lighting!! However, the type and extent should not be a pre-condition, but a response to the intended concept.
    How much of an influence does the client have on the subtext when you design projects? Whether it is the shareholders in cultural or commercial projects, are you able to keep true to the concept?
    We believe the vital threads of the concept should emerge from understanding the various contexts pertinent to the project. Very often, especially for the more public projects, this is derived from conversations with the shareholders which we believe is very important. We believe that one of the key expectations from us as designers is the creative interpretation of the context when layering the lighting onto the project.