LIGHTING CONSULTANCY TEAM

We integrate the positive effects of natural light into our lighting design solutions

As an independent lighting design consultancy specialising in both light and health, we are passionate about providing better lighting for everyone to enhance quality of life.

Having researched the many benefits of light and health, we understand the biological, physical and psychological effects that light can have on health and wellbeing and we bring this knowledge to every project we undertake.

Nuala Morris

With seven years, design experience as an interior designer and for the last ten years as a lighting designer/consultant, Nuala enjoys the creativity of designing with light and rises to the challenge when it comes to planning lighting schemes using the latest lighting technology to create lighting solutions that are not only designed from a functional aspect, but that places strong emphasis on the beneficial needs of good lighting for people.

Nuala’s expertise and knowledge in the field of light and health is underpinned by having worked in the health care sector as a nurse/midwife for fifteen years, working within a number of health care environments and she completed a BA (Hons) in Interior Design followed by a Masters by Research looking at the physiological and biological effects of light and lighting on patients’ and staffs’ health in healthcare facilities. She has a strong research background in the physiological aspects of light and its effects on the health and well-being of people, and continues to keep abreast with the progression on research into light and health through attending symposiums and conferences, as well as sharing her knowledge by giving presentations to other professionals.

With her knowledge of the effects of light on well-being and health, she integrates the benefits of light into specifically designed People-Centred Lighting Solutions to adequately reflect people’s needs, preferences and moods as well as to achieve maximum quality of light and lighting. She has a deep understanding of how light influence people’s health and its impact on peoples’ motivation, concentration and work performance.

Nuala gained her technical knowhow and lighting experience working as a lighting designer for engineering companies on large scale commercial projects in the educational, health care, retail, and hospitality sector.
She has recently completed a research study in 2015 with Bristol University assessing how lighting influences and affects mobility of people with dementia in health care and care home environments.

Nuala is a member of the Society of Light and Lighting (SLL) and of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). She holds the Lighting Industry Association (LIA) Lighting Diploma. She is experienced in using AutoCAD 3D, Dialux and Photoshop software packages.

When away from work she enjoys the theatre, walking, jogging and the gym.

Sandra Decker

Sandra’s diverse experience, knowledge and creativity in light and art, led her into the field of lighting design. When Sandra designs with light, she explores the ambience of the architectural envelope and creates her concept ideas with the intention to provide and enhance spaces with natural and artificial light. She applies her competitive spirit to working out the best lighting design solutions for clients that are sustainable designs. Her particular emphasis is on People-Centred Lighting Solutions, where the emotional response of people to the atmosphere of the space and interior environments are given significant consideration, so that people feel they are immersed in light and feel an inner aliveness. It is Sandra ambition to create functional and stimulating illuminous spaces for people to be supported by dynamic and flexible lighting schemes to perform well at work.

Sandra has participated on the judging panel as one of the judges for the 2015 Lighting Design Awards in London, reviewing current Work Place Lighting Projects. She found it very rewarding to see the diversity of lighting solutions for work places. It, however, highlighted how other lighting designers found it difficult to apply human factors. The integration of benefits of light on health remains challenging for lighting designers with a sole interest of illuminating spaces. Yet, it is here that lighting designers specialising in light and health can make a difference to people’s performance, motivation, concentration and creativity.

Sandra boasts a first class honours degree in Interactive Arts and a Master’s by Research in the psychological effects of Light on Health. She examined the relationship between coloured light and emotional responses, and identified connections between vision and emotional centres in the brain. She investigated whether one colour provokes one unique subjective response, as is often supposed, but such a unique correspondence was not upheld and found that peoples’ responses were very variable.
She is an interdisciplinary light artist with diverse interests in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, social history, scientific research and innovative technologies.

She made use of sculpture, art, and light to create works that illuminate peoples notions of personal identity and culture. Sandra has often drawn upon her research for inspiration and uses her passion for light and space to create innovative and conceptual light art installations and interactive light sculptures, which have been exhibited at venues in Europe and in the UK. Her installations were designed to provoke the audience to interact with the piece; the intention being was to provide an opportunity for people to ‘get in touch with’ and ‘feel’ light through experimenting with and experience it through their interaction.

Sandra is a member of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). She holds the Lighting Industry Association (LIA) Advanced Certificate in Lighting.

When not working, Sandra enjoys spending time walking, mountain climbing, playing Badminton and going to the theatre.

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