Light Talk Blog 2020 – No. 2 / Vlog Ep20

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By Martin Klaasen

(written content taken from the Light Talk Vlog recorded 10th September 2020 & published on YouTube & IGTV; edited and adapted for Medium & WordPress by Ingmar Klaasen)


Welcome to another edition of Light Talk. Light Talk has been a vlog for the last couple of months and now recently we also moved to doing it as a podcasts and blog.  Hence, I sort of need to feel my balance on how to do that. I’m trying to learn how to develop content for all these things, so bear with me as I develop these platforms.  In saying that, I will try to reach out on a more regular basis. 

The last two weeks have been a bit exciting because I just became a grandad.  So obviously my focus has been with my little granddaughter, a little bundle of joy to hold in your hands, and with my son now obviously becoming father.  It’s a new stage in my life I’m really looking forward to.  Obviously I’m a bit distracted at the moment, so that’s why there hasn’t been any vlogs or podcasts in the last two weeks.  We are really looking forward to seeing little Adeline grow up. 

That Unsettling Feeling

On another note, I feel a bit unsettled; not because of becoming a grandfather, but by the whole situation in the world.  The fact that we are living in this Covid-19 pandemic, which I really think is unsettling a lot of people in terms of business, in terms of the way of life, in terms of relationships, in terms of everything.  This may seem a bit dark but it is it is something that worries me for the future.  We still have a lot of work, so from that point of view we can count ourselves lucky.  My whole team is lucky to still have a lot of work.  From this point of view things are looking okay.  However, the whole world seems to be upside down at the moment and I’m not sure whether governments know exactly the way to move forward.  It’s the same for us.  I guess I’m unsettled because I used to be in a plane every week and now I’ve been in Singapore for five-six and in Perth now for the last two months.  It may sound strange but for somebody who’s used to travelling around the world, being on an airplane, visiting sites and doing all that as a big part of my life.  Now I’m sort of recalibrating myself to being at home.  I’ve started to work in the garden and started a veggie patch and looking after my fruit trees and things like that.  It’s a different perspective, it’s something that I love doing, but never really had the time or made the time to do due to work.  

The other thing is having different places: I have my base here in Perth; I also have a base in Singapore; and I also have a base in Europe.  So finding a balance in the future will be something that I will need to find.  I’m not sure how that’s going to work out.  We’re all trying to find our balance in life in our own ways. 

Virtual Lighting Design Community

In the coming months we’ll see a lot of events happen; a lot of virtual events.  It’s clear that all those trade shows are not going to happen, and we are now seeing virtual trade shows and big virtual webinars kicking off.  For example, in the coming months we have Darc Room, we have the IALD Enlighted and several others.  All that is going to come up and people are inviting you to participate and I will certainly also participate to understand how that all works because it’s our new world of virtual events and virtual trade shows.  It’s interesting to understand how that works and which parts will be there for the long run and which parts are only temporary.  Because of the Covid-19 situation we will add our own little contribution in the terms of our Virtual Lighting Design Community (VLDC).  I’ve previously mentioned we’re aiming at kicking off in January 2021 so as to not confuse the market right now whilst there are so many things going on.  The idea is to build up momentum with a number of warm-up events, hopefully in the next two to three months, for a big start in the next year.  So stay tuned!

The “Let There Be Light” Challenge

Last time I had said that I was participating in the “Let there be light” challenge.  However, I have to say I’m sort of defaulting on that challenge right now, specifically because my “let there be light” moment really is my little granddaughter; so I think that covers it for me.  I may still participate here and there, but to be honest I have not been good in following up, so my apologies to those who nominated me.

Remote Project Design Reviews

Now with travel being basically non-existent, we are moving to doing everything remotely and virtually.  For instance, we now have regular project design reviews via video conference calls.  We are lucky enough to have people on the ground in many countries to follow up on site, hold the camera for us and know how to look at lighting.  Having said this, the big thing for us is being able to see things the way we need to see them, which is not necessarily the way the camera picks things up.  So when a camera is aimed at lighting you’re dealing with different lighting contrasts on the camera than what you would see in real life.  To me it’s such a visual thing, something that I need to see in person to really be able to assess whether it’s done properly or not.  Just basing my opinion on photographs or videos is quite challenging and I’m sure a lot of my fellow lighting designers are facing the same challenges.  How do we do that properly?  How do we assess a lighting situation properly if we can’t be there on the spot?   But that’s part of the new world that we are entering. 

An Overdose of Conference Calls and Virtual Meetings

There are now inundated conference calls and virtual meetings.  It keeps on going: meetings on Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams and others.  To be honest it’s quite intense.  Sometimes it feels as though people are creating meetings that are not really necessary.  Just because you can attend any meeting from your home doesn’t mean that you have to have a meeting.  So I would like to urge people to be careful with overdoing it with the meetings because it’s so easy.  Still be mindful of people’s time because people still need time to do things and having all these meetings is not always a very efficient use of time.  Although, if meetings can be managed properly and concisely (ie. with an agenda to go through and really stick to times), it can be very helpful.  Some meetings just go on and on. 

Commercially Driven vs Politically Correct

I have to say I’m dealing with different types of meetings: I’ve dealt with professionals, consultants, project management etc. very commercially driven.  I’m also involved in a couple of government projects and that’s totally different.  When you deal with government representatives they talk about different things.  They don’t talk so much about time, rather they talk more about safety, security and complying with codes and standards.  That’s quite an interesting contrast.  Dealing with people’s commercial backgrounds on a project it’s more getting things done on time and on budget.  On the contrary, whilst dealing with government institutions, it’s very interesting to see the different timelines and different focuses, political points of view and the importance of public engagement.  How does it relate to the public and how will it be seen politically?  Everything has to be politically correct and that’s a very different approach.   


There have been some interesting developments in the UVC approach that may be helpful in the combat against Covid-19.  Besides UVC at 254 nanometres, now there’s a growing body of research about Far UVC, which is around the 220 nanometres.  Apparently it is not harmful to humans, which would be quite an interesting proposition if that could work and you could develop UVC on the far side to be integrated in lighting design to sanitise and disinfect spaces without any of the associated risks.  Definitely something to follow and see how that develops; especially in terms opportunities. 

Other than that stay optimistic, stay positive and the future will be there for everybody! These are challenging times, so stay positive and stay motivated!

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16. September 2020 by Martin Klaasen
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Light Talk Blog 2020 – Ep1 / Vlog Ep19

By Martin Klaasen
(written content taken from the Light Talk Vlog recorded 16August 2020 & published on YouTube; edited and adapted for Medium by Ingmar Klaasen)


Welcome to the Light Talk Platform.  My name is Martin Klaasen and welcome to another edition of the Light Talk Vlog in written form.  Let me give you a bit of background about myself.  I have been a professional lighting designer for over 40 years and during that time have received multiple awards.  Back in 2009 I blogged about my experiences on a daily basis for a full year.  This compilation of blogs became my first book titled ‘Light Talk, A Year in the Life of Light’.  My second book, ‘Light Talk 2, 16 Years in the Life of Light’, offers an incredible insight on how the lighting industry has evolved; a compilation of 16 years of writing for Lighting Today Magazine. 

In 2020 I made the transition from the written blog to recording this on video, which is now the Light Talk Vlog, where I continue to share my experiences throughout the year in the life of a professional lighting designer; the challenges, opportunities, the business and future of the lighting design industry.  We have now also extended this to the audio form, the Light Talk Podcast, in order to capture a wider listening audience.  In this vein, I am also making a return to the written blog, which now will be an edited transcription of the vlog; for those of you who like to read.  

I hope you all thoroughly enjoy the journey.  This first blog post in Aug 2020 is also podcast episode 1, is actually a continuation of the vlog which started at the beginning of the year.  The vlog is now in episode 19 and runs concurrently.  We will hopefully find you in whichever way, shape or form suits you in following our Light Talk platform.  Here we go. 


A Social Media Lighting Challenge

This week I’m also picking up a challenge.  Some of you may have noticed that there’s a lighting challenge going on on social media where people are being challenged to post something about lighting: one picture about lighting every day for seven days.  I was nominated several times… by Sakina by Pierre-Yves Panis and a few others.  Thank you very much for nominating me.  It puts me under a little bit of pressure, which generally I don’t really like.  Since I like to do my own thing I thought of combining it with my Light Talk Vlog.  Hence, I have projected an image of the moon, as you can see behind me, to illustrate the natural effects that we see in our daily lives.  The moon is an amazing thing, it doesn’t have light by itself, rather it reflects light from the sun.  By itself that is already an amazing type of illumination.  You can walk around at night under moonlight, it gives you enough light.  It’s an amazing source of illumination. 

Simultaneously I’ve used an uplight for added dramatic effect on my face.  I did this to also illustrate that by playing with the direction of light you can create different moods and effects.  So that is my part on picking up this challenge.  I may do more in the coming days but I may not do it every day.  Without being pressured into posting something every day I will definitely pick up the challenge and post other things that relate to lighting; this is the first one (call it ‘day one’).   

New Phenomenon in our Workplace: Virtual Project Reviews

Currently I am in Perth, Western Australia, as many of you will know, and enjoying the freedom.  Here there’s still not that much going on in terms of Coronavirus restrictions.  There have not been any community cases since April I believe, so you can walk around freely without any facemask.  You go into a restaurant and you wouldn’t know that there’s any Coronavirus pandemic going on.  It’s a very interesting change from reading the newspapers or seeing what’s in the news on TV. 

It’s quite challenging out there in the world.  So, for all means and purposes I have to say that this is probably a very nice environment to be in.  Having said that, I’m still confined to my office to work internationally and we are seeing new phenomenon appear in our work such as doing virtual reviews of our projects.  We have started doing this now and are in the process of creating a checklist for contractors to go out there and video record things the way that we want to see them because reporting virtually about something is not the same thing as being there yourself. 

We have found that we need to give the contractors and the one that actually reviews for you on site some specific guidelines on how to film and record on video.  And because light is very much about actually seeing things you can get very different and very mixed views of whether something is right or not.  When on site I know whether the lighting is good or not, however, when I judge a photo or a video recording it’s much more difficult to do that.  Even in this video you may notice some variation in brightness in terms of the lighting and the contrast ratios from the light and the balance may change because the camera lens adapts to different situations.  We are developing that right now.  That’s a new thing that is happening and as long as there’s no international travel for the foreseeable short-term future we’ll be confined to reviewing our projects long distance.   

So that’s what we have to deal with and it’s something that all of us have to face, but it’s something that we’re trying to work out and see how we can do that. 

An Increased Demand for Local Supply-Chain

Besides that, the other thing that we are noticing is that there is an increased demand for local consultants, local workers, local contractors and local supply.  Here in Australia there is a tendency, even within the state, to try and find the consultants and the supplies from within their own state to avoid unnecessary delays or problems with supply chains.  Not only in Australia, but also in other parts of the world, we are finding it an interesting situation where there is demand for more local support.  Since KLD (Klaasen Lighting Design) has offices in Indonesia, China, Europe and of course Singapore, it is currently helping us secure some work.  We definitely have a lot of work on our on our plate right now, which is good.  You never know how long it’s going to continue of course, but it’s something that we feel is definitely something that may be helping us because we have a bit of a spread and a presence in various countries.   

Developing our Virtual Office Collaboration & Social Media Presence

We have no idea, I mean in term of a Coronavirus vaccine it’s probably still months and months away, probably sometime early next year; and even then we may not be the first ones that will have access to it.  We may well be in this situation into the next year and will continue to have a lot of travel restrictions.  This means we’ll have to work virtually from our offices for some time to come.   

I’m not sure if I mentioned it last time, nevertheless, we are working on developing a platform within our office so we can collaborate virtually between our team members.  It’s something that we feel is really important that we can still communicate, share

files and work together as part of this new world.  We still need to see how that is going to develop. 

Meanwhile we are also focusing on our social media presence as an important means of communication.  So it’s important to develop those portals and those communication lines through social media to be able to enhance your presence and your communication with your contacts in the business community.  That’s one of the things that we are very much focusing on at this moment and reaching out to people and this vlog/blog/podcast obviously is one of those media forms we are developing.  

It’s certainly not a time where you can sit back and relax. It’s hands-on at the moment, it’s full speed ahead.  You really need to keep focussed to make sure that you make the best of this situation, which I think everybody is trying to figure out: what to do, which way to work and how to keep their business afloat.  It’s the same for us, we will have to see whether this is the right direction and probably in a couple of months we’ll know if things are working.  But for now, we can just focus and do our best to make sure that our business remains relevant in these times of the Coronavirus pandemic. 

I wish everybody strength.  Please stay motivated, stay positive and we’ll speak soon.  Thank you.

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19. August 2020 by Martin Klaasen
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EP01 Welcome to the Light Talk Podcast

In this episode, recorded 6th Jan, Martin welcomes you to the new year which is 2020 & the new way of sharing his insights, as well as what can be expected in the lighting design industry this coming year.

An award winning lighting designer, Martin runs the widely acclaimed lighting design practice Klaasen Lighting Design (KLD), with presences throughout Asia, Australia and Europe.  Many of his projects are featured in articles and magazines.  The book ‘Light Talk: A Year in the Life of Light’ was a compilation of his blogs which he started writing in 2009.  Similarly, ‘Light Talk 2: 16 Years in the Life of Light’ is a compilation of 16 years worth of Martin writing in Lighting Today Magazine about world actualities in the lighting industry.  

Practically from the beginning Martin has been sharing his insights and views about the lighting design industry with his readers and on how the industry has evolved right from the early days of LED technology making its way into our daily life up to the new smart world we live in today.  Continuing where he left off, here Martin has evolved to recording video (vlog) and podcast versions in 2020.   

28. February 2020 by Martin Klaasen
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Light Talk Vlog Episode 05

Recorded 1st February 2020

06. February 2020 by Martin Klaasen
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Light Talk Vlog 2020 – E04 from the Hong Kong Jockey Club

Recorded 17th January 2020

Take a tour through the prestigious Hong Kong Jockey Club and grandiose lighting design. Getting ever closer to commissioning after 2-3 years of design work. Featuring Alex Giudice of ASDA Interior Designers.

23. January 2020 by Martin Klaasen
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Light Talk Vlog 2020 – E3

The week of 6-12th January 2020

14. January 2020 by Martin Klaasen
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Light Talk Video 2020-E1

6th January 2020

06. January 2020 by Martin Klaasen
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Light Talk Season 10 Blog Title: E17 – The life of light…October 2019

Singapore – Dubai – Portugal – Netherlands – France, Weekend 27-28th October 2019

How time flies…PLDC 2019 has already come and gone and as I write this blog…I am on my way to France for a little break. My intention is that this is my last blog of year, and possibly my last active blog all together…for 10 years I have written my blog with great pleasure, but I have come to a stage where I need some new inspiration and new impulses to keep the excitement and passion flowing!

The end of an era
Some may recall that I started my original blog at PLDC 2009 in Berlin, so it seems fitting to end my regular blogging following PLDC in Rotterdam, my home country, in 2019. It also coincides with the launch of my new book Light Talk 2, 16 years in the life of light, which in hindsight is a prequel as well as a sequel to Light Talk 1, which also is a round up of what I have been writing over the past years. It feels strange as writing a blog is so engrained in my mind, becoming a habit in the process that I nearly feel guilty when not writing one. But to all good things comes an end…time for new challenges. Bur rest assured,, there will still be blogs now and then, possibly written by others.

Video interviews
Recently I have moved to recording video interviews with experts in their field and it is something I really like doing. There are some new ones being edited which will find their way to our YouTube channel soon and I have a great list of potential people to interview over the coming year, so stay tuned! Not some one to sit on his laurels, I have already started plans for Light Talk 3, so plenty things to look out for.

Light Middle East – Dubai
Following my talks in Xian/ China, Ho Chi Min City/ Vietnam and The Perfect Light/ Singapore the next stop on my “world tour” was in Dubai where I was scheduled to make two presentations besides also being a member of this year’s judging panel for the LME Lighting Awards. A busy few days in Dubai!

LAMP workshop
My first day was as a keynote speaker at the LAMP workshop about dynamic lighting, the event being held in a funky out of town design hub. It attracted around 70-80 architects, interior designers, specifiers and other, great turn out for such event which is testimony to the popularity of LAMP and their reputation in the market! Well organised by Ignaci, Raquel, Albert, Fernando and the rest of the LAMP team. It was a pleasure to contribute and share my experiences in realising two of our recent star projects, bot having a great element of dynamic lighting, our Naera Hotel in Xitang, China which features a light show and our recently opened VUE@OUE Rooftop restaurant which also features a spectacular light show.

In the afternoon I participated in the live judging of the award submissions which concluded with a video interview explaining our choices for the winners. Well done to all the participants!

LME – IoT Intelligent Lighting Forum
The next day I was up as one of the invited speakers at the IoT segment of the program presenting a shortened version of our LDoT concept, before doing the full Monty later on at PLDC in Rotterdam with Ingmar…in a way it was sort of a road test to see if the story flowed well. The turnout was good, near full capacity in the auditorium. It was clear from the feedback afterwards that our LDoT approach is finding more and more reception and comparing to last year when people sort of acknowledged and like the idea, this time people are excited and want to find out how to participate…there is no doubt LDoT is gaining a lot of traction which is really great!

The event ended with a great gala dinner award night, where I was also asked to present one of the awards as one of the jury members…

Before heading to PLDC in Rotterdam, I made a stop in Lisbon, Portugal together with Ingmar to visit Jordan who has been operating for us from this lovely country for over a year now. The feedback of the local architects and other project developers has been such that we have decided to move ahead an officially set up KLD there. With already two projects in the bag there seems to be real potential…

PLDC 2019, Rotterdam
Having PLDC in my home country was of course great, having been selected to present a paper with Ingmar about LDoT was even sweeter! To my knowledge it was the very first ever father-son presentation in this event and in light of the fact that I am looking to step back a bit, a great moment for Ingmar to take some of the lime light. The presentation was further symbolic as it very much reflected what the advance of IoT means for many, for the older generation it seems something the new generation will have to pick up and run with perfectly reflected by senior and junior doing the presentation together. It was a novelty for us presenting together, very much as the IoT (let alone the integration into lighting) is new to everyone…We had made some que-cards to make sure we knew who would say what but more to make sure I would hold back talking all the time as I am so used presenting by myself the past 30 years…

We had an amazing turnout, every single seat in the dome was taken (about 300++) with everyone else standing room only. Some later complained they couldn’t get in! The reactions on our LDoT presentation was heart warming and has now more then ever confirmed we are on the right way. We have made many new contacts of like minded people which we will follow up on in the weeks to come.

PLDC was also the location of the official Light Talk 2 book launch which was done through a live streamed interview of me by Joachim Ritter, the chair of PLDC, introducing my new book and sharing the story that led me to write this new book.

Overall the event was very well organised, well attended (about 1500+ registered attendees) with a great set up in the famous Ahoy Hallen, a venue known for its concerts and other fair events. Overall the presentations were of average quality, with some highlights and some lesser ones. But considering the organisers try to cater for all walks of lighting design life, I assume everyone found their own little piece of enrichment. Most of the keynote speakers were of excellent calibre.

As usual the evening events were memorable, from the Thursday night party at “Anabel”, the “Fire within” organised by the Fagurhult group in the famous Maas Silo’s to the gala and awards dinner party in the now defunct “Onderzeeboot Loods” (former Submarine Wharf) that was expertly turned into a spectacular light show by Kurt Vermeulen and his team at ACT. Well done everyone…we left in the wee hours looking back on a very satisfactory time at PLDC…

Time for me to say goodbye and take a break. But not to worry, I will be back in some form or way! Till then, take care and make sure you are always enjoying what you are doing!


Light Middle East, when in Dubai, impressions Dubai


LME LDoT presentation at IoT intelligent light forum


LME fair impressions/LAMP Work shop seminar


LME award nights pics


Impressions Rotterdam


PLDC Rotterdam, event impressions


PLDC LDoT presentation


PLDC Light Talk book launch


PLDC evening Fire within and Gala dinner pics

01. November 2019 by Martin Klaasen
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The Life of Light – E16 October 2019

Singapore, Weekend 12-13th October 2019

Two weeks without traveling! A welcome break but at the same time the proverbial calm before the storm, as I am about to embark on the last leg of my “world-tour”, with 2 presentations in Dubai next week and our appearance at PLDC in Rotterdam the week after. Meanwhile a lot happened in the past two weeks!

Light Talk 2 is out!
The big news for me is the publication of my new book, Light Talk 2. After checking the proofs earlier last week, it’s now done and printed with the first batch of 100 copies delivered to my office this week so I can take these to PLDC in Rotterdam where we are planning an official little launch party at the PLDC Media booth. Look for announcement at the event! Writing, editing and publishing a book is really like delivering a baby (at least so it feels to me…😊). The conceptualisation, planning and final realisation have taken well over a year. Thanks to the team at Tradelink Media (Aishah, Eric!) for their unwavering support, my own team at KLD as well as the sponsors who have made this latest publication possible. My heartfelt thanks to all!

VUE@OUE now open!
Another exciting event was the soft opening of our latest F&B project VUE@OUE, a rooftop restaurant with a “Vue” to Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore skyline. The F&B team started to practice their menu cooking and serving skills to the delight of selected (lucky) guests. Official public opening will be on the 21st October…

The Color Kinetics – Signify team that supported us tirelessly in commissioning this project to satisfaction, released a testimonial video interview highlighting the key features and advantages of the Intellihue product that we selected for the main hall feature lighting. As mentioned in an earlier blog, the technology used in this project is one of the very firsts installations in the world and a first in Asia. The promotional video from Signify will go viral on social media next week (till then we are under embargo, so we cant show it here yet).

LDoT gathering more and more traction and recognition
My presentation at LME is being promoted on social media as a “Kodak moment in lighting”, signs that people are taking note of our Lighting Design if Things initiative! Cant wait to present and have discussions with those interested!

We have also opened up our LDoT to other lighting designers. As LDoT now operates as an independent professional consultancy we can now service our fellow lighting designers. Over the last few weeks we have met with several of them and explained how we can help in projects where data requirements might connect (or interfere) with the lighting design infra-structure. We have received very positive feedback. For those of you interested in exploring collaboration with our LDoT support platform, please reach out to us!

Our LDoT partner portal is progressing well.  We are moving full steam ahead with the portal developer and target to have our Menu of Things™ accessible on our website to our partners by the start of the new year (yes, it’s a lot of work!). We are excited about this partner collaboration as it will be a world first and unique service portal helping the industry merge lighting and the smart world of IoT!

The past weeks also saw us meet with new LDoT partners and collaborators, all excited about the opportunities and future potential. It’s a fast-moving world and securing these partnerships is essential for the success of our LDoT vision.

IoT Smart Cloud Expo Singapore
Not surprisingly I now find myself going to industry events that I previously would not have thought of going. Last week saw the Singapore IoT Smart Cloud Expo at MBS, a two day event bringing together the who is who in this new IoT world. The only “lighting” company that I saw presented was Philips Signify, one of the few lighting companies today that have really grasped the importance of all the changes happening in our world.

Signify also showed of the latest updated LIFI system, still with bulky dongles and sensors, but more aesthetically pleasing and certainly more powerful. The big news is that LIFI up/down load has now fully moved to the invisible IR spectrum, allowing lights to be switched off without interfering with the LIFI functionality. I made some really interesting contacts at this events, strongly represented by the telco’s but also cyber security experts, secure cloud data storage providers and app/ data platform developers. A new world which is not easy to comprehend…

The usual defile of suppliers and manufacturers came and presented in our office their latest product offerings but few really grasp the changes that our lighting industry is about to undergo. One of the manufacturers proudly announced that they were now launching their first fully Casambi integrated range of products…I am not sure, but isn’t that a bit late? Haven’t we not moved way beyond that now?
In that respect a little workshop we had organised for our team to better understand the new generation of DALI 2 controllers was very useful…

Aero lighting developing a strong reputation in hospitality lighting, just launched a social media promotion on the back of the Xitang project that they did with us. Please see the post and video here

The economy
A few words about the economy…while the world is still in the ban of the Hong Kong protests, the trade wars between China and the USA and the Brexit saga, the economy overall still seems to move forward, at least from our perspective. We have signed of multiple new projects from Europe via the Middle East to China, giving our team some exciting new project destinations. Payments are taking longer to materialise and fees are under pressure, but our portfolio of work is healthy for the foreseeable time ahead. Together with our LDoT activities we are excited about the times ahead.

Enjoy your time ahead!

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Checking the proofs

Signify LiFi

Naera Hotel – Xitang


12. October 2019 by Martin Klaasen
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The Life of light E15 – September 2019

Singapore – Perth – HCMC – Singapore
Weekend 28-29th September 2019

I was supposed to write my bi-weekly blog last weekend but with the Singapore F1 in town (we had tickets to go) and my trip to HCMC it moved to the back burner…also with the frantic work to finish the final details of Light Talk 2 that I had to finish over the weekend I had to let it go. We are now midweek as I start (finally) writing the blog entry which will only be posted by this weekend. But as a compensation it is a rather extensive blog as obviously a lot happens in 3 weeks…

F1 Singapore
The F1 grand prix now in its 12th edition in Singapore has grown to a huge event. By all accounts nearly 270,000 people attended the race weekend that ultimately saw Vettel beat Leclerc and my compatriot Max Verstappen. Ever since the first race weekend under the lights in 2008 I have been able to attend this special event in some form of way. This year we were invited to probably one of the coolest places on the circuit called Turn Twenty3, located track side at the last turn right at the start of the pit straight. It is a secluded little “village” with restaurants, bars and roof terraces with near perfect views on all the action. The access is by boat from MBS. It is always a special feel to be at one the “home of night racing” as Singapore is promoting their status as the only true night rice under lights. It still looks like they are using the good old metal halide fixtures (Philips Arena vision) from the original installation. I guess their maybe scope to suggest upgrading to LED?

Light Talk 2
That’s it, all the artwork is at the printer! They will do the final page preparation and later next week we will have the final artwork review before we give the printer go-ahead. I should have the actual book ready to launch just before leaving for Dubai and Rotterdam. I am planning the official world launch of the book in a little event in Rotterdam during PLDC. Nothing confirmed yet but any suggestions welcome!

SIT Launch
Over the last 2 weeks we also saw the official public media launch of one of our Singapore projects, the Singapore Institute of Technology’s campus at the Punggol Digital District. SIT is one of the 2 packages we have been working on with WOHA architects over the last few years. The JTC package has been tendered and awarded as well and construction is now under way as well…few more years to go though as it is a huge township development…

World tour stop 2: Global Hotel & Resort Convention in HCMC
Vietnam is one of those fast-developing countries in Asia with ever increasing tourists arrivals and a growing GDP and as result the need to grow its infra-structure and facilities. From that perspective I was proud to be invited by the organisers to be part of an elite group of presenters to address developers, architects and key players in the tourism industry. My presentation was sponsored by Aero Lighting, one of the leading lighting manufacturers in the hospitality industry. The attendance was limited but of very high quality allowing for great networking. I was fortunate to be able to present my vision for lighting design and be able to share our experience and challenges in realising our award winning Alila Yangshuo Hotel resort. Lighting design in Vietnam is still in it’s early days and from the reactions I received it was clear that for many it was an eyeopener seeing how good lighting design contribute to the success of a project. I am sure there will be more to follow.

World tour stop 3: IALD Perfect light, Singapore
Hot on my presentation in HCMC I participated at IALD’s “The Perfect Light” event, one of the many events IALD is organising as art of its 50th Anniversary celebration around the world. As a keen contributor (if I am available) to lighting events that contribute to promoting and growing our lighting design industry, I had accepted the invitation without really having an idea what I would be going to present. The main event was the screening of the second instalment of “the perfect light” a journey in search of what perfect light is or could be, curated by the ever energetic team of Light Collective, Sharon Stammers and Martin Lupton. The venue for the event, gracefully sponsored by FLOS, was the Other Roof, at Ang Siang Road and saw an attendance of nearly 40 people from our local lighting design and manufacturing industry, Great attendance and great camaraderie. I had decided to use stories from my book Light Talk that had a strong relation to what “perfect” in lighting could be. My book was later part of a lucky draw. Cheryline (one of my senior designers) did an admirable job in presenting her story: “Let there be light”. Well done Cheryline, you should present more often! James Tan, a photographer “obsessed with light” concluded the presentations for the evening that went on till late. Thanks to Yah Li Toh (IALD SEA’s representative) for organising! To be organised again soon!

VUE@OUE interview
Our VUE rooftop restaurant and bar is now completed and handed over. In the coming weeks it will open to selected guests only before it will be definitely be opened to the greater public. As part of the promotional activities I was asked to participate in a video interview that will be published later on. The Intellihue technology from Philips/ Signify that we applied is one of the first installation of its kind in the world and the first in Asia Pacific, so reason to put in some extra promotional activities.

LED in world news part 2
Trump keeps astounding us with his left field commentary about LED lighting! Shortly after the Bernie Sanders interview, Trump went on record showing he does not understand anything about lighting, confusing compact fluorescent with LED. As far as he is concerned he, and we all, look orange because of poor quality LED. See his comments here

Lighting India
Finally Ingmar’s article about LDoT was printed in the latest issue of Lighting India. We are getting more and more traction and now also our colleague lighting designers are starting to talk to us about how we could assist them in integrating IoT in lighting design! If you are wondering how we can help you, please get in touch!

Enjoy your time ahead!

Entertainment is an essential element of the F1 weekend




28. September 2019 by Martin Klaasen
Categories: Light and inspiration, light watch, lighting and culture, lighting and the economy, lighting applications, Lighting Design of Things, lighting design practice | Leave a comment

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