Natural light comes in many forms, the two most obvious ones being the difference between direct sunlight and indirect diffused light. The play of sunlight can bring shadow play and brilliance – but it can also create glare and solar gain. Diffused light minimises shadow, but it can make things appear flat and dull.
While it is possible to emulate some of these characteristics artificially, our experience is that balancing available natural light with the skilful supplementary use of artificial light creates the best response. After dark - which can be during a typical working day in winter - artificial 'daylight techniques' often make a space feel unnatural. Creating an appealing evening and night-time character and atmosphere requires a different creative approach.
And then there is a further often overlooked factor to consider: of all the artificial light sources we are exposed to, the light from the screens of our computers and devices has arguably the most impact on us. Yet, this 'screen light' is rarely included in the design of human-centric lighting systems, particularly in the workplace.