The first international design seminar dedicated to accent lighting in architectural lighting took place at the Aegean coast of Kea on November 20-24th, 2014. The seminar was held under the motto “Rethink the night!” and left a lasting impression.
Greek Committee for lighting, led by President G. Paissidis proposed a series of experiments with lighting to show interesting effects due to changes in object parameters such as saturation and hue.
G. Paissidis – the famous Athenian lighting designer has a doctorate in architectural technology. Within the EU in frame of conducted research for holographic communication and biometric passports, he has developed a photo-therapeutic program against seasonal lighting disorders.
Mr. Paissidis is a teacher of lighting design in architectural schools and universities. As a president of the Hellenic Association Committee (HIC), he represents Greece at the International Seminar on the coverage and is involved in writing of a technical manual “General plan of urban lighting”.
The seminar was focused on the formation of a new vision of the elements of cultural heritage of the city, so the main part of the program was shown at night. It was at night architectural monuments show representing their unexpected features.
One of the main objectives of the workshop was to convey a sense of the historical course of time, through the use of light projections showing the beauty of architectural monuments. Light has become a tool that bridges the gap between generations.
Another aim of the workshop was to share experiences in the use of light brightness and saturation. The workshop participants worked with contrast and color conversion.
Company DEG Licht GmbH was one of the sponsors of the event. The company specializes in design and manufacture of spotlights with unique characteristics of the luminous flux and high degree of protection. At the seminar were used spotlights LB-03 series with 2° beam angle for accent lighting. LB series combines 3 and 6-watt spotlights with a high light output at low angles of light beam (2, 4, 8, 10 degrees), fully conforming to the IP66 class protection.
The series consists of the spotlights having 3 white and 6 luminescence colors. Visitors and participants were impressed by the capabilities of ultra narrow beam angle focus on the individual elements of the architecture. The workshop has once again demonstrated that modern lighting design is not only relevant but also necessary in architectural lighting of the modern city.