One beam of light shines from London’s ICA

After months of anticipation, the One Beam of Light Exhibition was officially launched at a glittering event on 15th April 2013 at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) on The Mall.  The exhibition was attended by 300 people from the lighting, architectural and design community and showcased the creative flair of the lighting industry as a whole.


Conceived by The Light Collective and supported by architectural lighting brand Concord, the One Beam of Light project seeks to inspire and engage people interested in lighting by asking them to create images based on the concept of one beam – a single source of light, stripped to its bare minimum. To help inspire participants who contributed to the One Beam of Light project, Concord donated a variety of its latest LED Beacon Projectors to aid in the creation of these images.


Out of the 380 images submitted, the exhibition features 31 photographs which were curated by a guest panel of prominent industry figures: Keith Bradshaw of Speirs & Major, Gerd Pfarre of Pfarré Lighting Design, Matt Clark of UVA, Paul James of mondo*arc and Terence Woodgate of Studio Woodgate, who combined, have over 80 years of industry experience between them.


“This has been a fascinating project from start to finish,” comments Sharon Stammers & Martin Lupton the creative force behind Light Collective. “From the very beginning, we envisaged a project that brought the lighting design community together to demonstrate the medium of light and how it can be manipulated to create something thought provoking and different. The exhibition is a true reflection of this goal and demonstrates the creativity of lighting designers as well as the different interpretations people have about one beam of light.”


Dave Warburton, SBU Manager of Concord at Havells-Sylvania says “it was great to be part of such an exciting project and a privilege to provide our new Beacon Projector to invited participants. Adding an extra creative element into the mix, each participant received either a projector with a gobo, an iris or a framing head and it was fascinating to see what lighting designers could do with it. The submitted images were incredible and the exhibition demonstrates the passion and creativity the lighting industry possesses.”


The exhibition itself is also lit by the Beacon Projector. Featuring a high output 26W cutting-edge LED chip and new directional beam options – which are critical in the museum environment, Beacon Projector has an innovative connecting snoot designed for precise manual focus and optimum directional lens control. Furthermore, at just 190mm in length, Beacon Projector is one of the smallest architectural LED projectors on the market. Concord has a strong heritage in museum lighting and Beacon Projector is designed to continue the success in this area. The new lens frames light accurately around paintings without spilling light over the edges. Also, Beacon Projector has an integral adjustable lux level feature that reduces the effect of artificial light on any exhibit or artwork. The high colour rendering index (typically Ra95) also ensures objects are shown with clarity and in a natural light.


The One Beam of Light exhibition is open to the public from Tuesday 16 April to Saturday 20 April 2013 (Gallery opening times: 11am – 6pm daily).


To find out more about the One Beam of Light project, visit or follow @Concord_HS / @lightcollective using #onebeamoflight on Twitter.

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