Ing. Abdulaziz Al-Azm: Homeowners’ awareness of the role of lighting in design is increasing

The “Lighting Designs and Technology Exhibition”, which will be held at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center in the Saudi capital, will conclude its activities tonight (September 8, 2022); He will organize a multi-conversation summit on the world of lighting; Its fields and its effects on the environment and the economy… Among the speakers at the summit are the interior design engineer and the lighting engineer Abdulaziz Al-Azm. The role of lighting in interior design.

Interior Design Engineer and Lighting Engineer Abdulaziz Al-Azm

After hours, you will present more than one intervention at the “Lighting Design and Technology Exhibition” summit; What are the points you will focus on?
In my intervention in a few hours, I will speak in a panel discussion about the importance of the role of the lighting consultant in the Saudi theater scene, with the play “The House of Dhalaizi” by the American director and producer Todd Nims as a model Inside -design Nawaf Al-Nassar designed some rooms in the ancient house.

A scene from the play ‘The House of the Vestiges’, directed by American director and producer Todd Nimes. Interior design by Nawaf Al-Nassar and lighting design by Abdulaziz Al-Azm

The purpose of the panel discussion is to spread awareness of the importance of lighting, its extension to most disciplines, and how to make it successful.Works in the fields of interior design, graphic design, art performances and fashion shows, as lighting and shadows . influence the aesthetics of materials in the aforementioned events… The panel discussion will also be attended by engineer Nawaf Al-Nassar, fashion designer Nora Gleesi, curator Dalia Fatani and producer Todd Nimes.

Another shot from the play

On the other hand, I will explain to the public alone, in a separate symposium, the role of architectural lighting in the historical and heritage buildings of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, especially with the development of tourism within the framework of Saudi Vision 2030 , and encouragement to visit historical monuments, and how to use lighting in this context to attract attention Tourists, without exaggeration, while preserving the history of the building.

New in home lighting

Villa N in Medina; Architectural Consultant: Khaled Al-Tassan, and Lighting Design Consultant: Ing. Abdulaziz Al-Azm (DTS)

The world of lighting reveals innovations and environmentally friendly solutions, which radically influence the interior spaces and the gardens attached to houses; What’s new in home lighting?
Lighting has evolved over the past ten years, and LED lighting has become popular and used in all homes. The development also affected the issue of lighting control, after the latter was very expensive, so the control of the lighting was limited to just turning the light button on or off. Today, this is achieved through the mobile phone or any “smart” panel inside or outside the house, with the connection between lighting and other household appliances (electric blinds, for example, and electronics), in an easy way, within the framework of the ” internet of things”. Modern lighting solutions also offer the user several options to illuminate color aspects according to the activity he performs each time in the house, and the intensity of the lighting (cold or warm), in easy ways, and energy-saving lighting devices are popular. and easy to control via mobile phone.

Other side of Villa N in Medina; Architectural Consultant: Khaled Al-Tassan, and Lighting Design Consultant: Ing. Abdulaziz Al-Azm (DTS)

Has the awareness of the role of the lighting consultant deepened during the interior design of the house?
There is interest in the role of lighting consultants from homeowners as they realize the importance of lighting in beautifying the decor and the other wonderful functions it performs as well as achieving well-being and saving energy bills. In the last two years I have noticed that 60% of my office business is housing projects. However, there are “invaders” in the field, and they compete in a way that can result in poor lighting design.

Common mistakes in lighting design

Are there common mistakes in lighting design in apartments?
There are many common mistakes related to lighting of residential projects, especially those under the supervision of some real estate developers, who do not spend much on the aforementioned element, and are motivated by the speed factor in implementation, which leads them to repeat the following:

  • Excessive use of ceiling lighting (spotlights), which leads to an increase in annoying glare.
  • Exaggeration in the distribution of indirect lighting elements, which annoys the user, in addition to the aforementioned elements that require constant maintenance because they are perishable.
  • The purchase of cheap lighting units, which makes them not have a long life, thus negatively affecting environmental sustainability.
  • The choice of lighting units that are not suitable for the architectural space (a large chandelier for a hall with limited space, for example…).

The designs of modern lighting accessories are impressive, and they play a decisive role in the decor; Any advice before you buy?
There is a need for coordination between the interior design engineer and the home owner when choosing the shapes of lighting accessories, to achieve harmony in the decor according to the idea and plan. The lighting designer or lighting consultant, in turn, focuses on the central lighting and how to distribute its places, to play its role in removing darkness from the void, and to help the user in night vision, with the importance of coordination with the lighting designer in terms of the amount of lighting each room needs and the size of the lighting units.

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