Lighting Terms (WAS:Re: RE: Bash error message)

Angela Giladi wrote:

I had to smile to myself while reading the PDF – I am always puzzled by the defining of electrical lighting as ‘artificial’. Why is that?

Well, here is a professional lighting designer’s request to please consider another term for lighting that is not Sunlight/Daylight!

Hi Angela,

I have been a lighting designer for (holy cow) twenty years now, if you include my theatre lighting as well as my architectural lighting experience, and I STILL use the term "artificial" to describe light derived from sources other than the sun and sky, though I also use "electric lighting" and prefer that. It's still better than "fake lighting"!

- Rob Guglielmetti

Hello Rob,

I have been a lighting designer for (holy cow) twenty years now, if you
include my theatre lighting as well as my architectural lighting
experience, and I STILL use the term "artificial" to describe light
derived from sources other than the sun and sky, though I also use
"electric lighting" and prefer that. It's still better than "fake
lighting"!

- Rob Guglielmetti

I've just returned from 'Light and Building' in Frankfurt. I conducted a
very unscientific survey amongst my

PLDA colleagues as to which term they preferred...no consensus I'm
afraid. One fellow member did say

that the German term 'kunstlicht' or 'art light', for artificial light,
does perhaps lack any pejorative (for me) connotation.

It is like saying to a creator of sublime silk flowers for an haute
couture Chanel dress that they make artificial flowers,

(as in those ghastly plastic things). The comparison is a bit bizarre I
admit.

(Also referring to Terrance McMinn's question) ... it's more than a
question of semantics.

I believe that we, as lighting designers, help the architect create a
quality lit, built, human environment.

I emphasize the human environment.

It is quite difficult explaining what 'quality lighting' means; it's
impossible to quantify.

We have all come across notions that natural light is good, electrical
lighting is bad. Not true.

The onus is on us to carefully choose the correct words in helping us
convey our design intent;

and the terms we use for describing the different parts of light take on
added meaning.

Kind regards,

Angela Giladi