The Impact of the Culture and Climate on Lighting Systems
Every practitioner in the built environment can benefit from better understanding the implications of culture in lighting design. Every culture has had a distinct relationship with light, and that continues today. As it is manifest in the present day, light defines broader tastes and styles within a culture. And, this has deeper implications than mere fashion or vogue. As more firms and practitioners begin to operate across geographic boundaries, understanding cultural drivers is critical for meeting the needs of the populous.
Lighting solutions internationally balance universal ideas about light with local variations. A given culture’s position in the global economic development cycle is often reflected in its use of lighting in urban, night environments. However, striking a balance between regional differences and globalization is often a challenge. Are there “Universal” ideas about lighting? What are the variations in light concepts as preferred by the local population?
It is equally critical to understand that climate in the “other” parts of the world (non-American and non-European) is distinctly different and harsher on light sources and systems. That combined with different procurement and installation practices often leads to a scenario with a substantial impact on the operation and efficiencies of lamp technologies and lighting systems characteristically developed and built for the more developed economies.
This is an excerpt from Abhay Wadhwa’s Keynote speech at the World Lighting Congress 2012 titled The Impact of the Culture and Climate on Lighting Systems