Let there be less light

“By appreciating the darkness, when you design the light you create much more interesting environments that truly enhance our lives.” – Lighting architect Rogier van der Heide

In under 17 minutes Rogier van der Heide manages to cover a lot of territory – from the inside of a typical office space to a view of earth from the universe, showing us how much light is wasted, never reaching its intended destination. Too much lighting, he argues, only serves to make us feel out of sorts.

Van der Heide argues that proper lighting, which allows for an interplay with darkness, can make us more alert, or help us sleep better. It can inspire us, or help us to feel at peace. Using examples drawn from art, architecture and theater, van der Heide shows how spotlighting, new LEDs, and ambient luminescence can all work together to create more beautiful spaces, while preserving our views of the night sky.

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