Why light is a drug

A growing body of research appears to show that lighting is surprisingly potent in affecting the human body. Should we start to think of it as a drug?

About Lighting Magazine

Edison Avery Price

Edison Avery Price was one of New York’s greatest sons, a relentless inventor who understood light’s place in architecture and could deliver it with ground-breaking innovations. His work at the Kimbell Art Museum is a fitting legacy – and a challenge to current generations of lighting designers.

The gods of glass

The influence of the Bauhaus on light in architecture cannot be overstated. It articulated a subtler argument about the relationship between light and the spaces that informs our buildings today

Why this green slime is the future of windows

The world’s first building with an algae façade has just won the Zumtobel award for its pioneering technology which manages thermal energy, creates biomass and, surprisingly, provides a sensual experience for occupants.

Roger Narboni

France’s first ‘urban lighting designer’ believes we should light for people, not buildings – and he’s practicing what he preaches in Paris.

Heavy metal

Over-engineered, overpriced and all over our bars and restaurants, why are reclaimed luminaires and incandescent lamps the hottest things in lighting this year?

Back to the future

We live in interesting times, says Jake Dyson, but it’s important not to lose sight of fundamental design values

Best practice: integration

The Holy Grail of lighting design practice is the seamless fusion of daylight, electric light and architecture. In the following pages, we select some of the world’s most successful examples of integration and explores how they were achieved in practice.

Download The Light App

A special Light App has been created by London lighting design practice Hoare Lea to keep the possibilities of light at the forefront of the minds of the architectural and design community. It’s free to download for anyone with an iPad.

The app lets you to upload a picture and ‘light’ up the building or indeed any object in the picture – and play with a lighting impression.

Although it looks impressive, the final images aren’t strictly accurate – it’s just about the possibilities of light. Check out the site and there’s a video.

You can also go to the App Store and searching for the app. Have fun!