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Nearly 20 Years in Street Lighting Design - Advice - A Short Thread

Next year marks my 20 years in the lighting industry. As I type I can't quite believe this is true. It has flown by and I wouldn't change any of it. From starting as an apprentice street lighting designer, to managing design and construction teams, every step has lead to my position now and for that I am grateful.

I've been reflecting on the years and thought about a quick thread on 10 tips or advice I would pass on to upcoming street lighting designers. Check them out below:

  1. End up in lighting by accident? Anyone else? It's rarely a path that's planned. Everyone I know stumbled into the industry. Embrace the unexpected journey.

  2. Light for people, not places - always start with who and why people use a space.

  3. Practise common sense and engineering judgement at all times - Don't get too caught up in the details. Practical solutions beat theoretical perfection. Excellence is quality delivered.

  4. Uniformity is key - it just is!

  5. Does it need to be lit? A key question to ask.

  6. There is always a better optic - keep looking.

  7. A lighting design can be prepared a 1,000 ways - yours is valid, but learn from advice and remember that any suggestions to improve will ultimately improve your work going forward - learn, learn, learn.

  8. Quality > quantity.

  9. More light, less light - someone will always want more light and someone will always want less.

  10. Stay curious - the technology in lighting is always advancing, stay ahead.

Just a few thoughts that come to mind and these points I will expand on so keep an eye out for future posts.

I've learned a lot from a lot of people in my career. Some have been true mentors, I hope one day I get the opportunity to mentor and give back.

Speak soon.

Street Lighting at Night
Street Lighting - Bedford Town Bridge


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