New Lighting Design Council in the Spotlight

New Lighting Design Council in the Spotlight

June 17, 2014 at 04:06pm

Most of the time, particularly if you live in a city, you probably take electric light for granted. But the next time you flip the switch, consider that for most of human history, once the sun went down, the only light came from the moon Until the modern era, “light was precious and used sparingly”. That changed, in large part, when Thomas Edison invented the world’s first affordable incandescent lamp, an invention from which GE was born.

Today … just do an Internet search for “lighting design” and you’ll see pages of wondrous images. Meanwhile, innovations in lighting are still transforming all areas of life, including hospitality, offices, retail environments and roadways.

The central role of lighting in so many areas of our lives is why GE Lighting has partnered with the American University in Dubai’s School of Architecture, Art and Design to establish a Lighting Design Council.

The council, whose members are the key lighting designers in the region, recently held its first meeting and outlined the initial objectives of the organization to support greater learning opportunities for both university students and practicing industry professionals regarding the transformative lighting technologies coming to market.

This will be implemented in several ways, including adopting two lighting courses currently taught at AUD, establishing a schedule of professional workshops, master classes and seminars on lighting issues, and establishing a “lighting lab” at the university.

This Council is one of the key outcomes of a memorandum of understanding signed last year between GE Lighting and AUD. George Bou Mitri, GE Lighting’s General Manager said, “our partnership with AUD highlights our commitment to knowledge sharing and building local talent in the lighting sector.”

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