How to be brilliant – Lighting for Mental Health – July

Written by acdc on July 28, 2015>


Paul Traynor BEng (Hons) PLDA MSLL gradCIBSE MIET – Practice Principal

Paul established his lighting consultancy in 1999 after working as in-house specialist for two of the UK’s major architectural practices. Since then, Light Bureau has grown to become one of the most significant independent consultancies in Europe, handling major projects such as NATO’s new headquarters in Brussels, urban master-plans in the UK, Montenegro and the Middle East to historical and cultural schemes including Christopher Wren’s Monument to the Great Fire in London. The practice was founded on Paul’s principles of strategic approach and execution of architectural lighting design as craft; this ethos is fundamental to Light Bureau’s designers and how it delivers projects.



In 2009, Light Bureau became involved in a mental health care facility in Belfast. The facility is non-acute and incorporates a clinic as well as a residential quarters. Belfast Mental Health Estates were looking for a different approach, both in terms of architecture and lighting. The facility was to be progressive, creating a feeling of home.

Light Bureau’s approach was one of rejecting all the standard anti-ligature lighting equipment and to look at ways of creating a pleasant and domestic environment in all common, treatment and residential areas of the project.

A whole range of domestic quality lighting was designed which still respected the rules of safe, anti-ligature requirements, but in a very different way from the standard ballistic quality, anti-tamper products which are better suited to prisons than to domestic mental health care facilities.

This talk for ILP will demonstrate how a lateral approach to a problem can bring about an enlightened solution, showing concept and design development work undertaken by Light Bureau to deliver a progressive environment for people who need one most.



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