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Kit Cuttle to speak in London

2 September 2009 16.00 BST

(UK) - Christopher “Kit” Cuttle is to discuss his paper “Towards the third stage of the lighting profession” in an event organised by the Society of Light & Lighting and the International Association of Lighting Designers.

The event will take place at the Front Engineering Building, UCL in London on October 14th and is sponsored by Philips Selecon who, like Cuttle, has its roots in New Zealand.

Cuttle will explore the notion of stages to identify the main themes that have directed the objectives of the lighting profession.

He proposes that the objective of the first stage was provision of uniform illumination over a horizontal plane and that of the second stage has been to provide illuminance suited to human need, based on visual performance. 
This brings us up to the current era, and he argues that the second stage has failed to achieve its objective as while codes and standards pay lip service to visual performance, the reality is that for the vast majority of situations the aim is to meet user expectations for the spaces they occupy to appear adequately lit. 
In his paper, familiar notions of lighting effectiveness and efficiency are turned upside down and an entirely different way of thinking about interior lighting design is revealed with the essential difference being a switch from assessing light incident on planes to assessing light arriving at the eye. 
Such a change of thinking may be seen as a precursor for the third stage of the lighting profession.

Cuttle has worked in the UK lighting and glass industries and in architectural lighting design consultancy, while gaining qualifications m electrical and illumination engineering, and architecture. 
Subsequently he has been Head of Graduate Education in Lighting at the Lighting Research Center, New York, and Senior Lecturer in Architecture at both the Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

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