Designer Bernd Beisse on lighting and well-being
Bernd Beisse had been working as a luminaire designer for a good ten years before a customer asked, “How is attractive light created?” Dissatisfied with his answer, in which he spoke of aesthetics, function and technology, and with a suspicion that completely different factors have the greatest influence,he started to take a closer look at the subject.
On the assumption that attractive light triggered corresponding moods, Beisse discovered how a room should be illuminated to have a positive impact on people’s emotional state. He summarised his conclusions in his five-point ‘emotional lighting’ concept.
The first point concerns the intensity of contrasts and colours. “If there are numerous contrasts, we consider that good. And the more rich colours we perceive in a situation, the more pleasant we find it”, explains Beisse. In the case of colour intensity, this means, “We find it good if lots of different colours are woven into a curtain to give an overall impression of colour with a variety of nuances. We are able to register the richness of the colours because we can see the material in its entirety”, he says. The prerequisite is that a luminaire transmits all colours, which can then be reflected.
The visibility of light is also a point of his concept. “We can only perceive light as being positive or negative if we can see it.” Thus, a curtain that is visible in the vertical plane can be illuminated to create the desired effect. “In other words, it is important where I sit or stand, and in what direction I look”, says Beisse.
The brightness required by the individual is the fourth point because everyone experiences the volume of light depending on the season and his or her personal circadian rhythm. And, finally, it is important that light does not dazzle. About this, Beisse says, “People sometimes have the feeling they want to leave a place because they do not like the atmosphere. This could be the result of being dazzled.”
Beisse has completed over 120 public and private project on the basis of his concept. To this end, he developed products that can create contrasts and lighting technology that offers a homogenous spectrum.
Thanks to hisconcept, the designer has received an invitation from Milan University,which wants to include ‘emotional lighting’ in the curriculum of the Istituto Europeodi Design. It would appear that the university agrees with Beisse’s thesis that, “It does not take long for people to feel at home in a room, if it is properly illuminated.”
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