Lighting design - a Yang energy - is an essential part of Feng Shui design, Feng Shui decorating, environmental architecture, new eco buildings as well as a green remodel. The Yang energy of lighting provides the much needed beauty and vitality to a space, but it also imparts heat and uses energy - henceforth, the California Building Code section Title 24.
Title 24 addresses the energy efficiency of water and electricity for commercial and residential construction - both new and existing - in the state of California. There are cities and counties throughout the United States with stringent guide lines for construction in their building ordinances as part of the awareness for environmental architecture and eco buildings.
I just returned from a "A Light Affair 2011: Lighting Product Showcase" - a PG&E sponsored event in San Francisco. I attended several presentations, talked with vendors and inventors about new products to reduce energy consumption using various sensors and controls, learned how "wireless" is changing the "lighting scene" (both literally and with virtual interior design) and discovered several truly fabulous products - many offering a great balance for my "Green Feng Shui" approach to Feng Shui design and Feng Shui decorating with inclusion of eco housing.
Just a few of the highlights for now with more details in future posts.
There is an energy efficient LED lamp (a "lamp" in the lighting industry is what the general public calls a "light bulb") beautifully designed for use in chandeliers that uses only 2 watts of energy.
Since LED lamps emit a great amount of heat (they're still working on the technology of these products), one manufacturer has a trim (the round circle found around recessed ceiling lighting) that actually dissipates the heat so the lighting fixture can be placed right next to the ceiling insulation without causing a fire.
Technology is moving forward in different areas. OLED is a possible future problem solver and innovative design. It's not a "lamp" - more like a chip. But not a chip as it could be like fabric. It doesn't need a shade or diffuser due to glare, so it can be the light without needing to be covered.
I'll discuss it more in another blog post. From a Green Feng Shui perspective, I really like it. It meets the criteria of form, function and an emotional connection to the human, known as beauty.
In my Feng Shui training we learned the psychological impact lighting has on our ability to learn and communicate as well as affect our productivity. One of the sessions I attended showed statistics on how, through the use of daylighting controls and integration technology, we can be more productive and healthier.
I love lighting! I was hooked when I attended my first lighting class back in 1976. I'm still friends with my lighting instructor. We laugh about the way we considered lighting design back then and how technology has made this a fabulous and very intricate design process. It can make or break interior paint design and interior design samples.
Lighting is Yang energy. It makes a space come alive, sets the mood, provides safety and security, highlights beautiful artwork and architecture. Lighting does the same to us as humans - we come alive, it affects our moods, makes us feel safe and secure while showing off our physical structure and beauty.
Let there be Light!