Working with electricians: A Spark of Light

We have certain competencies as designers and rely on electricians to make good on our designs, but I find that, sometimes, the need of the electrician to get it done at pace can be at odds with the lighting consultant’s wishes to get it, well, done properly.

David Lawrence of Dulwich Lighting and Electrical is a rare breed of electrician who first practiced as a lighting designer, both in theatre and in architecture, so when it comes to his knowledge of how to marry these two elements together, to the benefit of client, designer and sparks, there is no one more knowledgeable.
Mind you, it also raises the spectre of whether we as lighting designers should benfit from a basic level of electrical knowledge, just to make sure the discussions are not just one-way traffic.

If this is something that interests you, then obtaining the ecs card (electrotechnical certification scheme), can be found in a variety of guises; the one for Lighting Professional-related disciplines can be found here at https://www.cibse.org/society-of-light-and-lighting-sll/membership/related-discipline-ecs-card . Thanks to Juliet Rennie, SLL Communications Manager, for that knowledge nugget!

This podcast is gold dust to anyone working in lighting design or about to embark on a build project.

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  • You can contact Chris at cf@thelightreviewonline.com His lighting design website address is www.limelumen.co.uk “‘Architecture is the masterly, correct and magnificent play of masses brought together in light. Our eyes are made to see forms in light; light and shade reveal these forms; cubes, cones, spheres, cylinders or pyramids are the great primary forms which light reveals to advantage; the image of these is distinct and tangible within us without ambiguity’ ” — Le Corbusier. 'Vers une architecture' [Towards a new Architecture] (1923)

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