5 things I’ve learnt from…


In September 2011 I attended an All Day Masterclass called “Design with Confidence”. Among the notable speakers were Diana McKnight (a KLC lecturer) and Abigail Ahern – Famous Interior Designer. I will follow up on posts about these presenters in the following weeks. The 3rd lecturer was a lighting designer called Lucy Martin.

Lucy had a successful career as a journalist specialising in design and finance, editing several magazines and working for a national newspaper, prior to completing a course at KLC.  She began her lighting design career at LDI (1995) before moving to John Cullen Lighting in 1997, where she currently heads up the design team working on projects throughout the world.  – bio taken from John Cullen Web Site.

When I saw Lucy present, I was immediately drawn into her infectious enthusiasm for lighting design. She is a really inspiring presenter and I went out and bought her book – The Lighting Bible soon after which I highly recommend.

Here are some interesting things I learnt from Lucy about lighting…


When lighting an interior, the eye is usually drawn to the lightest point of the room. You can also create the illusion of space by lighting the furthest point.


When you put together a lighting plan, layer the lighting scheme. Don’t just put one light in the centre of the room, rather provide a number of options in order to provide flexibility.


Always consider the environment in which you are lighting. For example, LED’s don’t tend to work well in heat and you would need to consider waterproofing the lighting scheme for a swimming pool.


And finally, consider using colour. A change in colour can dramatically change the mood and feel of a room.

So did you learn anything new about lighting today? Do you have any other tips that might want to share?

A busy weekend awaits me as I’m due to go on a course about freelance writing in the hope that I can improve my writing skills. I’ll let you know how it goes next week. Have a lovely weekend and I’ll see you all on Monday. xD

Image Source – Lucy Martin John Cullen Lighting, All other images – The Lighting Bible by Lucy Martin


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