Lighting at the Housing fair in Finland 2016
The annual Housing Fair in Seinäjoki 2016 is the 47th event of its kind. 98% of Finland’s adult population know the event. Lighting designer Ilkka Pekanheimo has evaluated the lighting of the houses at the Housing fair in Seinäjoki. This link will tell you more about the idea of housing fairs.
It’s amazing that even though we spend two-thirds of our time living under artificial lighting, we’re not paying attention to the consequences of this light for our body and mind. While people are concerned about organic food, pure water and clean air, the element by which our very life came into existence – light – is often forgotten. Today I recommend full spectrum daylight (5500 K) in the morning and at daytime and warm light (2700 K) late in the evening.
At the Housing Fair 2016, there were near all houses, where all lighting was done by using LED lamps. This leads to a new problem in lighting: shiny surfaces reflect the LED strips. Hence, one should choose the type of surface before lighting with LED strips. Do not choose black shiny surface for the kitchen if you use LED strips. If you choose shiny surfaces, then go for indirect lighting.
One problem at the fair was blending lights, unfortunately found in almost all of the houses. The colours of the interior were corrupted by the lighting in almost all of the houses.
There is no 100 % correct opinion on the lighting. I hope that this evaluation would create discussion and would contribute to making the lighting quality better in homes in Finland and in the whole world.
In my Finnish blog you can see over 200 lighting pictures from the fair.
If you are planning your home lighting, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. You will get a lot of free lighting tips and even the whole lighting plan for you home at a reasonable price. I have helped in planning with the home lighting this year for one home in Holland and, of course, many in Finland. No matter, if you live in Australia, Africa, Iceland or in the USA.