Press releases relating to Kevin Cawley, internationally renowned lighting designer

By: Lighting Design  05-Apr-2012
Keywords: Lighting Design, Commercial Lighting, Industrial Lighting

A Christchurch-based lighting designer has returned from Europe believing the city can rebuild itself to become the world’s best lit city at night, rivaling Europe’s finest.

Kevin Cawley visited Dusseldorf, Amsterdam and Eindhoven in search of the latest cutting edge technology and see how those cities have married it to create the breathtaking ambience they are known for.

He says Christchurch can learn from the many European cities that had to rebuild after the devastation caused by World War Two.

“The way they use lighting to highlight their beautiful architecture that’s a mix of what survived the War and what’s new is phenomenal. So is their use of lighting to create a warm and safe feel at night,” he says.

Mr Cawley believes now is a great opportunity for Christchurch to become the world’s best lit city.

“If we coordinate the city’s rebuild with its lighting, we can create a warm and welcoming atmosphere at night that is unmatched in this part of the world,” he says.

Mr Cawley was also impressed by the technology that is now available.

“For example, I saw a tulip fitting in the Phillips direct market research Department at an Eindhoven design University that opens during the day to gather the sun’s rays and closes at night, using the solar energy it has absorbed,” he says.

“Everything is now focused on energy efficiency and conservation. By following this approach, Christchurch could not only become the best lit city in the world, but also save millions in power bills and help the environment at the same time.”

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