In the old Hollywood saying, lights came first for a reason. Lighting sets the scene. In a videoconference, lighting can flatter skin tones or make a face seem harsh with the wrong shadows. Lighting in commercial and corporate spaces can determine the culture of the company. Control of natural light can mean the optimal amount of inspirational sunlight for some office workers while an outdated overhead light that buzzes can be an incredible distraction and grind productivity to a halt. Controlling and maximizing daylight through automatic shading is not only a green initiative, it is easily integrated in a building’s control and automation system.
Trends in lighting installation impact construction and eventual remodeling. Occupancy and motion sensors provide light automatically and ensure convenience and safety for those not familiar with the space. Wireless occupancy sensors prevent the need to bust open a wall and ceiling during installation. And, as with the integration of all things A/V, lighting control can be much more efficient when approached as a system instead of a sum of various parts.
Lighting and Shading Design for Videoconferencing
The latest trend to hit videoconferencing is having your own personal lighting specialist. A/V integrators are becoming more aware of the need for lighting designers when putting together a videoconference space in order to make sure everyone is seen in the best light. “We see A/V consultants hiring lighting designers who were historically theatrical lighting designers,” says Kathy Katz, partner at lighting manufacturer, Brightline. “It is wonderful. It has been a