On the evening of October 1st 2015 a unique event in the history of lighting design took place. Conceived of and managed by The Society of Light and Lighting (SLL) and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) to celebrate the UNESCO International Year of Light, the Night of Heritage Light (NoHL) saw some of the UK’s most iconic locations re-imagined in light.
Through the talents of SLL members, the lighting community and teams of dedicated lighting designers, the 10 selected UNESCO World Heritage Sites across the UK were illuminated for one night only. Through its dramatic impact, the event set out to promote the power of light to enhance architecture, landscape, and people’s lives, as well as the skill of the lighting designers.
Beginning at William the Conqueror’s Tower of London, the NoHL worked its way up the country as the natural light faded.
Other heritage sites included Edinburgh Old and New Towns, Fountains Abbey, Liverpool Maritime, Ironbridge Gorge, Blenheim Palace, Blaenavon, Jurassic Coast and Giant’s Causeway.
In all, a thousand luminaires were borrowed and distributed. Power and cabling were also borrowed or hired, and checked by electricians from the ECA. Photographers from The Royal Photographic Society were on hand at all sites to capture the magic.
Public reaction exceeded all expectations, with installations making both local and national news, and literally lighting up social media sites with pictures, video and comments. Thousands attended in person at the sites, thereby engaging directly with the power of light.
The Society of Light and Lighting president, Liz Peck, said,
“The Night of Heritage Light has been a truly astonishing event, which captures everything that’s great and exciting about working in lighting. The beautiful displays we have seen up and down the country are only the icing on the cake of what has been a huge demonstration of the skill, capability and versatility of all our lighters – from the design teams to the technicians who built them.
We hope the result of the hard work that went into this night will be a new generation of lighters inspired by what they’ve seen, and curious about how it was done. We also hope that everybody will think more about light in their everyday lives; from their streets to their places of work.”
acdc is proud to have supported the NoHL.