Nuala Morris and Sandra Decker- Jung are the lighting consultants specialising in
light and health,designing lighting designs for maturing eyes, lighting for the elderly,
dynamic lighting as well as commercial lighting design solutions and residential
lighting designs in Manchester, London, Liverpool, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire,
My personal experience in healthcare environments and my research into the lighting
design of hospital wards has made me conscious of the lack of light in our working
and healing environments. Knowing that the right quality of light can enhance our
well-being and health, I want to bring good quality light indoors and offer lighting
solutions, which meet everyone’s personal needs for light.
Having worked as Midwife and Charge Nurse in hospital environments for 14 years,
I observed that patients recovering after surgery and on the hospital wards were
drawn towards windows and that doctors and nurses hankered after daylight.
I began to wonder whether there was a relationship between patients recovery and
what appeared to be oppressive and monotonous hospital ward surroundings.
I decided to do a research study into the lit appearance of the hospital ward environments
from the perspective of vulnerable patients. The patients I interviewed described
their overall impressions of the hospital ward appearance as glaring and boring.
They complaint that the flicker of fluorescent tubes caused headaches and eye strain,
they found it difficult to read and to sleep at night under the lighting.
The question we have to ask is -
What kind of lighting in the healing environment do we want our family members or
any person to recover in?
Light can be life spending, when we choose good quality lighting solutions.
The report on the findings on ‘The responses of hospital patients to the appearance
and lighting of the ward environment’ can be purchased from leolightdesign.
I knew that I was creative and I wanted to find a creative language to express myself.
I chose to study Art and Design in the UK and found that true creativity happens
outside the boundaries of tradition. The first time I stepped into the realm of freedom,
I was overwhelmed by ‘nothingness’. Yet I soon discovered exploring this boundless
space that ‘nothingness’ consisted of endless possibilities and that I could create
from within using my own imagination.
At that time I started to rebel against the educational authority who wanted me to
create ‘pleasing’ or ‘provoking’ art objects to ‘look at’.
Instead I wanted people to ‘experience’ darkness, light and space.
In my view the intangible, invisible quality of white light makes my work a sensual
experience. It is however important to understand that while I create light installations
as an opportunity for a sensual experience; it is the subjective experiences of the
participants which are paramount in the encounter with light and space.
In order for people not just to sense light art, I decided to research into the possible
relationship between coloured light and emotional responses. My study identified
the visual pathway of coloured light into the brain and investigated whether one
colour provokes one emotion, as so readily believed.
Today I combine creativity, light installations, and my knowledge into coloured light
and health and use them to design good quality lighting solutions. My intention is
to create lit atmospheres which respond in different ways to the architecture of
the building, yet central to light and space is the direct visual and non-visual
experience of the person living and working in these environments.
I fill spaces with natural and artificial light. Ideally people feel that they are
immersed in light and therefore experience their inner aliveness.