Graham Festenstein    Lighting Design

Sustainability & Environment

Graham Festenstein Lighting Design is committed to best practice with regard to the potential impact of our work on the environment, both in terms of the way we conduct our business and in terms of the impact of our design work.

We believe sustainable design is more than just a reduction in energy use but  is a more complex combination of issues, particularly when applied to work within the public realm. High quality lighting designed for people can contribute to sustainable communities; encouraging people to live work and spend their leisure time in our town and city centres thus reducing car use and carbon emissions. An increased  perception in public safety from improved lighting reclaims our streets in residential areas, again creating closer more sustainable communities. Good lighting has been shown to boost the night time economy - another component to sustainable local communities.

Control of energy use is important and we actively promote the use of  energy efficient technologies, lamp sources and controls. Design intended to minimise carbon emissions also reduces costs to our clients, both in terms of energy costs and those associated with maintaining installations.

Our work also addresses the wider impact of lighting on the environment; light pollution, light trespass, sky glow and the impact of lighting on wildlife and ecology. All work we undertake addresses these issues by application of best practice, we are also engaged to undertake lighting strategies to fulfil planning conditions in circumstances where for example lighting may impact on bats or badgers as well as environmental assessments.