February 25, 2016

The importance of a good lighting plan

If you’ve always wanted to know more about the importance of a propper lighting plan, you surely have to keep reading. Even if it’s unconscious, you’ll always have expectations or desires concerning the lighting of your home, office or places you visit. At home you might want to have a certain kind of mood in the living room, you want to highlight certain pieces of art or pictures hanging on the wall, whereas in the hallway you’ll need bright and functional lighting. All this information is incorporated in a lighting plan.


DOEN and Modular have worked together on the creation of this kind of plans for different projects in the past. On their website DOEN recently interviewed our colleague Marco Tertoolen, general manager at Modular Netherlands. On popular demand, we’ve translated this interview from Dutch to English, so everyone can enjoy what Marco had to say.


Modular’s advice on lighting

Modular is known for its technically advanced architectural lighting instruments that are always designed with some kind of sparkling simplicity, be they real eye catchers or simple fixtures that are to be incorporated into the architecture. Their products are stylish and fit every interior.


Marco Tertoolen, general manager at Modular Netherlands, is still an appreciated lighting advisor, despite his busy agenda. DOEN asked him to shine his light on lighting in general and Modular’s approach at the specific DOEN projects. How can we provide optimal lighting during all seasons?


Interview Marco Tertoolen

Jean by DOEN (J): "You once said ‘light provides relief’. What exactly do you mean by that?"

Marco (M): "I think it’s clear that without lighting there’s no reflection and without reflection no sight. Light literally enlights places and provides relief. For instance, through reflection of the fixture on the wall, depth is created in a room. So light can never be underappreciated."


According to Marco, one can accentuate architectural features of a room with the right lighting. Fixtures should blend in with a building and reinforce it, instead of undermining it, which is sometimes the case.


J: "DOEN has become a real fan of Modular over the years. Why do you think you have a large fan base? What makes Modular unique?"

M: "Modular tries to be innovative and timeless at the same time. We design products by and for architects."


Marco about the lighting plan at Kortekade in Kralingen, a project by DOEN:

“This concerns two attached properties which have a lot of height differences and are connected through a passageway. By using slick fixtures with warm LED lights, we’ve created a nice contrast in these historical mansions. It was pointed out to us that depth should be accentuated in this project, so that’s what we’ve done. If you look inside the property from the outside, you will even be able to see the rear areas, like the other building’s hallway. Though we’ve used four different kinds of fixtures, we still managed to create unity. We achieved this by continuously repeating the fixtures. Médard, for instance, sets the right mood in the front of the building and lights up the colours and materials of the display cabinet. Rektor, on the other hand, is used as a ceiling- and wallfixture, while Multiple creates nice light wash effect through the passageway to the other building. In short: the whole building is made completely visible.”


J: "What’s your favorite Modular fixture?"

M: "That’s Nomad, without any doubt! It’s a fixture that we’ve launched in 1986 and it was highly technological for that time. This aluminum fixture intentionally shows all cabling, making it a ‘naked’ light source, which was really progressive for the eighties. It’s a real icon!"


J: "What’s the most cliché application of lighting?"

M: "A simple lightbulb hanging from an iron cord. I think we’re done with that one."


J: "What’s a real no go these days?"

M: "RGB-coloured lighting!"


A passion for lighting.

Finally, Marco talks about his passion for lighting. What he likes about the lighting industry, is its innovativeness, the technology, its serving role with architecture and the creativity that comes with that. “If we take a closer look at our Médard for instance: the designer (Bleijh) first needed to acquire the necessary theoretical knowledge about the newest LED technology before they were able to design this fixture. He then put different technologies (cooling, light source and transformer) together in one small cylindrical housing. This resulted in a luminaire that can easily stand on its own, as well as being wall mounted or fixed on a rail without any difficult structural preparations. Don’t you find that amazing?!”


Is there something we can wish Marco when it comes to lighting? Marco: “The Artichoke lamp by Louis Poulsen is something I’d like to have some day. It’s the most beautiful decorative lamp on the market!