How will your design look and indeed “come to life” after dark? With so many advances in technology when it comes to lighting and control systems, light is an important consideration to make during the design process. Here are four ways that lighting can bring that extra wow factor to your project.

 Colour

The visually perceived colour of a project during the day frequently can look entirely different during the night. RGB lighting is a great way to add suitable vibrant colour to a project, giving it a bolder and more contemporary look and lifting it out of the background. Implementing coloured LED lights presents so many possibilities, particularly when it comes to changing up the look of a building or structure to suit different seasons, events or moods. Changing colours add a whole new element of visual entertainment and interaction with the public.

Here in Perth, the Matagarup Pedestrian Bridge is a fantastic example of how coloured LED lighting can be used to highlight and draw attention to bold architectural design, while adding an extra element of creativity. The 400-metre-wide bridge illuminates in accordance with an expansive yearly calendar of community and sporting events, with changing colours and programmable animation. The bridge has become an impressive centrepiece for all major sporting and entertainment events at Perth’s new Optus Stadium.

For buildings, colour changing façade lights like those used on the Busselton Civic Centre or the Perth Concert Hall can be used to add creative flair that catches the public eye.

 Highlight unique shapes and textures

It is particularly important to consider lighting design when incorporating texture and unique shapes into a project. As soon as the sun goes down, the opportunity arises to play with light and shadows and draw extra attention to any textured or angled elements. Of course, considering visual angles is a significant factor here, so be sure to work with a skilled lighting design specialist.

On this artwork, internal and external illumination captures the angles and colours perfectly, making it a statement entry piece to Perth’s Optus stadium. Choosing the right light fixtures, the right subtle colouration, the right lighting angles, and the right control system to ensure the quality of the lighting over time is essential.

Light Application also worked closely with Perth artist Lorenna Grant to light her stunning artwork “The Goal Keeper”. As lighting was considered from the early stages of the project, a stunning animated glow was achieved to highlight the different segments of the artwork. It is a great example of how light can make an already spectacular, gravity defying sculpture into something even more magnificent when the sun goes down.

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Animation

Lighting control systems that provide animation bring even more entertainment value to an outdoor project. Who doesn’t love a light show? Opened in late 2018, the Busselton Foreshore Playspace demonstrates how animated lighting adds an extra element of playfulness to an already fun space.

All of the wonderful main features of the playground are illuminated for night time play, with a control system that plays a wide range of coloured animated “Storm flourishes” in and around the sea themed main light show. Starting just after sunset each day, the system calms down after early evening and is programmed to dim slowly over the later evening, switching off fully by 10 pm to save energy and reduce running costs.

Artistic Light Installations

Just like architecture, lighting is an artform. Over the years, Light Application have had the pleasure of working with many artists on the lighting of their sculptural installations that add significant ‘wow’ factor to public places, spaces, bridges and buildings. We know that good lighting and art should go hand in hand.

Art has a profound effect on the way we respond to our environment and has the unique ability to alter our mood and raise our spirits. This artistic kinetic installation, designed by artist Stuart Green at Perth Children’s Hospital was created to do just that. The playful, intriguing installation moves up and down over 40metres, changes colours to suit its positions and visual shapes. It was designed to reduce stress and boredom in the hospital environment for both patients and staff and offers a welcome break from sterile hospital lighting.