The short version goes like this: I trained to become an electrical engineer but fell in love with the world of lighting manufacture. Circumstances (always a good euphemistic word, that) led me to lighting design in 1984 and the broad and narrow ways of a professional career led me eventually to Dorset and the establishment of jb-ld back in 1998 - or thereabouts . . . a decent amount of time ago, anyway.
At the beginning of 2016 I was offered the role of Applications Editor at Lux Review, working with the editorial team that I'd been writing for in various guises for many years. That has led to me fronting things like the Lighting Talk group on LinkedIn, hosting weekly global webinars and moderating conferences and seminars. I've been writing commentary on the state of lighting design, the state of our industry and what we should really be doing for many years - as this website demonstrates so well. But the idea of being able to do this kind of thing as my main job hadn't occurred to me until I found myself across a table from Ray Molony and Gordon Routledge at the end of last year.
All in all, its been an extraordinary time and I'm enjoying almost every minute of it.
Lighting design work continues to be a passion. I have built a reputation as the foremost lighting designer in Dorset, working on some fine residential projects designed by top quality, imaginative, architects. I came to residential lighting quite late, as my lighting studio in London focused specifically on commercial projects. But I love the amount of detail that residential projects bring with them. These building sites eventually turn into someone's home and the conversations round the kitchen table that lead to that final hand-over are a joy. No, not all the time, that would be asking too much!
CONDUIT (6) - Lighting for Winter Gardens
CONDUIT 5: Home Lighting - LED Lighting (2)
FX Magazine: Lighting Focus - Sustainability (Issue 258)
CONDUIT 4: Home Lighting - LED Lighting (1)
Can Smart Lighting Save The Planet?
CONDUIT 3: Home Lighting - The Bathroom
Can Lighting Save Us From Ourselves . . . NO!
CONDUIT 2: Home Lighting - The Dining Room