Get Out! Playing with Lighting
Wednesday May 25 2011
On websites that promote outdoor lighting you often see light wall sconces presented in an actual outdoor setting, generally on a wall leading to a home. In most cases these images look superb. That is probably why we stay in a conventional use of the designs! We cannot imagine them bringing even more to a space.
And then, one day, a brand presents those exact same sconces used in a very clever way and suddenly a world of ideas and opportunities opens up.
I totally adore this clever use of multiple sconces by IP44.
For those less familiar with outdoor lighting, IP44 is one of the brands of outdoor lighting that really walks the talk. And more broadly, IP actually refers to the rating systems that helps you navigate the market. It provides guidance so you know what IP level you need if the light is just exposed to drizzle, or might be drowned in water, or if it could be knocked or hit for example by gravel.
As described by Wikipedia, the IP Code — also the Ingress Protection Rating, sometimes also interpreted as International Protection Rating — “consists of the letters IP followed by two digits or one digit and one letter and an optional letter. As defined in international standard IEC 60529, IP Code classifies and rates the degrees of protection provided against the intrusion of solid objects (including body parts like hands and fingers), dust, accidental contact, and water in mechanical casings and with electrical enclosures.”
The idea can be used indoors as show here simply by placing the lights at an unexpected height:
The great thing here is that although high-end lighting is really expensive (so having multiples a bit of an issue), many budget brands can be used. By using these sconces in groups, they can achieve a more impactful effect.