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This book is the right mix between the technical side of lighting, the design principles behind good lighting and an analysis of why some of the design classics work so well. It is designed to be informative but firstly helpful.
There are plenty of good books on lighting design out there, but they will either be a compendium of nice lamps or a bamboozlement of technicalia. This book is the right mix between the technical side of lighting, the design principles behind good lighting and an analysis of why some of the design classics work so well. It is designed to be informative but firstly helpful. A book like this could so easily become clinical, but the diverse range of innovative examples used throughout keep the reader more than interested. It is hardly a new book (there is no date on the book, but I have had mine for over 5 years), nevertheless the principles it explains don’t change. The real strength of this book is the excellent examples it uses to describe different lighting effects, and the surprise is that there are so many ways that lighting is used. It offers some general principles for lighting environments whilst warning against the overuse of any one effect.
This book is helpful for any design teacher looking to get a handle on general lighting principles as a preparation to running a lighting project. It’s always tricky to be the expert in something like lighting, but it is easy to be enthusiastic and that is the energy that will drive your students. This book will open your eyes to the possibilities of lighting. There are a few other books on lighting worth getting, but get this one first.
What makes lighting work? How does it help design?
By Sebastian Conran & Mark Bond - 128 pages - 1999 - Conran Octopus Limited - London