Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Bad lamp workarounds

Have you ever seen a badly designed or implemented outdoor lamp, and then actually done something about it? I've actually done this twice with floodlamps that were meant to illuminate buildings but were not well aimed. Just a little tilt, and suddenly all the light is on the building and no longer streaming into the sky... 

Here's a great example photographed by Tatjana Scheffler showing how someone decided to deal with a problematic buried spotlight:

This work by Tatjana Scheffler is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

The problem was that when you go to to get your bike, the lamp shines up into your eyes and is very disturbing. Whoever found the pylon "solved" the problem for at least a portion of the bike parking area. Of course, this meant that the pillar was no longer floodlit, so this is a more drastic change than what I was talking about above.

Still, if light art is going to be used, it ought to be beautiful. And not just for the cars that are driving past, but for the customers that are shopping in the store employing the light art!


  1. Nice idea :) we also have a number of such "ground lights" in front of our office building. Now I only need some pylons... ^_^

  2. I always walk on those lights in the ground knowing that each footstep it damage the light scratching the surface and putting pressure on the fitting to, hopefully!,let rain water in.another trick with mounted bracket lights,like those that illuminate chuches and similar structures,is to turned them to point at the ground thereby insuring the owners still have to give the greedy power companies their money in electricity bills but the light will do little damage to the night sky although obviously it's still fueling global warming.