Building services and lighting consultant Hoare Lea has launched Light App, a lighting app to inspire creative people into thinking about the artificial lighting of 3D forms. Aimed at architects and designers, the app is a fun and stimulating tool for lighting buildings by experimenting with combinations of lights to create different effects.
The app is simple and easy to use. Users take a picture using the built-in camera on their smartphone or tablet or select an existing one from their picture library. If it is a daytime image, you can turn it into a night time image with the day/night slider. Architects can then pick a light pattern shape from the selection, choose a colour for it and drag it onto the image; you can re-size, rotate or delete the lighting as required.
You can re-select any light in your design at any time by just selecting its centre point. An energy bar acts as a reminder that every light you add means more energy use. Designs can be shared through Facebook and Twitter by selecting the share icon.
“Hoare Lea as a consultancy love to inspire design conversations throughout our building services projects,” said a statement. “We pride ourselves at being at the forefront of design and innovation. The app was designed to inspire creative people into thinking about the artificial lighting of 3D form. It is a playful light sketcher that allows people to create simplistic lighting impressions - inspired by the chosen object.”
The firm sees architects and interior designers using the app to start a conversation about the use of light.
You can download the iPad version from the App Store – an Android version is to follow soon.