From the HLD Gallery, Define Your Light
In this time of isolation, I have defined my light by the location of my partner and I as we co-work in a little space. I start my morning watching the sun come up through my expansive windows and I follow it around the open space like a cat. My two cats have the luxury of napping in the sun, but it makes me feel warm and productive when I start my day. I never turn any of my overhead lighting on in my workspace, but I do have lamps that I adjust the CCT for. When it's cloudy, I've been pointing an adjustable lamp head upward for indirect lighting when necessary. When it's time to "leave the office", I've been changing my color-changing lamp system to fun colors like Magenta, Green, and Red. It makes the space feel urban and fun. I also hope it gives pedestrians passing by a visual treat among the dim amber windows to see a pop of color on the top floor.
One of the guilty pleasures of this difficult time is getting a peek inside spaces that are usually private – the homes of friends, coworkers, even celebrities.
In a recent HLD staff meeting, as we looked at a tile of each other’s faces, we noted the lighting each of us set up for the call, and how we’ve all had to adjust our homes as we spend more time there. As lighting designers, we know that light is one way we can gain some control over our environment.
Out of that conversation grew a challenge, a question for each of our designers: What are you doing to keep yourself inspired during this time of isolation?
Some of us responded with specifics about lighting our workspaces; others focused on career inspiration or waxed philosophical. Get another peek inside, as we share these responses in our HLD Gallery, Define Your Light