Sculptural Luminaires Inspired by Nature

We’re continuously inspired by the work of David Trubridge. David’s personal life and his design work are inseparable, both rely on nature for nourishment and inspiration.

The company David runs is respected globally for its early awareness of sustainable practices. David aspires to lead, not follow, green business models. For more on this – keep reading!

During an interview with the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Trubridge answered the fundamental question of why he designs.

“To provide cultural nourishment, to tell stories, to reach people emotionally and spiritually; the objects are a vehicle for the nourishment we so badly lack in all the pragmatic and consumer stuff we are surrounded with. And the other reason I design is to recreate that vital connection to nature that we have lost so much, living in insulated cities.”

These days it’s hard to find someone who’s unfamiliar with David’s iconic designs. What you may not know is the extent of the underpinning environmental ethos held by David Trubridge Studio.

David Trubridge Studio aspires to lead in green business models. This aspiration has directed decisions, not only in product design and production, but premises and people as well.

The timber framed studio itself has been built with as many eco features as possible including copious amounts of natural light, energy efficient heating and insulated ceilings. The property surrounding the studio is also actively utilized by locals for beekeeping and grazing.

Product materials are sourced from renewable forests or sustainable plantations. Harmful toxins are avoided throughout production. Bamboo plywood and MDF boards with an E0 glue rating are used, so there are no risks from formaldehyde. Where a finish is required water-based paints are used.

Products designs use only the minimal amount of materials to ensure there is no wastage and the introduction of the Kitset products allowed minimisation of the carbon footprint associated with freight and shipping.

And by keeping all production on site, the studio is able to be aware of all waste produced and proactively find ways to reduce it. Impressively, the only waste sent to landfill is currently one 240L ‘wheely bin’ per fortnight, similar to one household!

Inspired? The David Trubridge collection is available here.

Lighting…the key to creating the ideal atmosphere for your business

Lighting is a key factor in creating the atmosphere you want your business to have. It has the power to influence mood, ambience, and can even emotionally connect people to the space. If people don’t feel a positive connection to the space their whole experience with you can become tainted, meaning you’ll have less returning customers and a smaller customer base overall.

Your business needs to have its own individual character and ambience to set itself apart and be unique, the right lighting design is critical to the atmosphere you are trying to create, whether that’s making it feel bright and fresh, or creating a feeling of intimacy.

Once you have figured out the desired atmosphere, the layers of light need to be built up. Layers of light such as Ambient lighting, Accent lighting and Feature lighting create an overall effect that stimulates emotion.

Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting provides the base level of light to give the walls and ceiling a gentle base glow.

Accent Lighting

Accent lighting is used to add depth to focal points (tables, artwork, etc.), a typical example is a spotlight.

Feature Lighting

Feature lighting can generally be seen stylish, fitted and well designed products (like table lamps, or chandeliers), they need to be positioned so the space can still be functional.

Once the layers of lighting have been conceptualized, functionality and flexibility are important final factors to consider. Lighting control is key to maintaining the ideal balance between function and aesthetic without the affecting the carefully designed atmosphere. Keeping light specific to the areas it is needed, and allowing light levels to be changed where it isn’t needed will maintain functionality, while not being detrimental to the atmosphere you want to create.

It’s also important to consider how light changes throughout the day, having flexible lighting controls as will let you change your level of ambient lighting as needed throughout the day (i.e. brighter ambience earlier in the day, dimmer lights later in the day).

Incorporating these lighting design ideas into your business will help you create the ideal atmosphere, have a positive impact and add value to it, while maintaining a high level of functionality and adaptability, creating a unique environment for your customers to enjoy.

The Essentials for Architectural Lighting


When planning your architectural lighting, it is very important for you to determine your goal. To do that, you can ask the 3 Ws:

Why? Why am I lighting this place?

What?  What am I trying to achieve? Is it for a functional reason? Is it to enhance or reveal a detail of the place that normally people would miss? Is it to attract attention?

Where? Where will the lit place be viewed from? Are there nearby light sources that may affect the lighting project?

After defining your goal, selecting the products and strategies that you need to use for the lighting project will be a much simpler task, than if you had started off not knowing what your goals are.



Lighting can be used to enhance the aesthetics of a building, however you shouldn’t overlook its functional uses. Architectural lighting can be used to help people move around a place.

Lighting can be installed to create pathways. You can make use of recessed wall lighting, bollards, or illuminated handrails.

Consider outlining the points of a pathway, like the lighting used in airport runways, or by installing up-lighting on boundary walls. Clever designers use light and dark to define where people can or cannot go.



Some people think that the more you have of something, the better it is. But in the case of architectural lighting, less is more. Attempting to light everything does not lead to the best results.

For example, flooding a place with light requires the use of a lot of lumens and wide beam optics in order to provide an even illumination. However, this can increase glare and the lack of shadow may cause it to appear formless and dull.

Flooding a place with light also has other unpleasant side effects which nobody wants, such as light spill and expensive energy bills.

Try finding other ways to implement lighting, such as by installing multiple narrow lines of light which can improve an otherwise flat facade. This method also requires a fraction of the energy required to floodlight it evenly.



Don’t be afraid of darkness. In all forms of visual art, shadows add to the beauty of any artwork, in its entirety. To make the most of architectural lighting, it is important to learn how to make use of the contrasting effects of light and dark.

Try accentuating the 3D features of a building or a facade by making use of focused light (from narrow or medium beam distributions). This is known as modelling.

The contrast of light and dark helps guide our eyes to places of interest. Remember: where light IS NOT is equally as important as where light IS.



The colour characteristics of light are very important. These are Colour Temperature and Colour Rendering Index (CRI). Colour Temperature refers to the warmness (yellow) or coolness (blue) of a light source, while CRI refers to the measurement of a light source’s accuracy in rendering different colours when compared to a light source with the same Colour Temperature.

For example, a colour temperature that is warmer with an increased CRI can be used to enhance and complement natural materials (like stone and foliage). You can also create a contrast by combining colour temperatures. In areas where ambient light is 3000k warm white, try using a cooler colour temperate ie 4000k to 6000K cool white to highlight architectural features.



Horizontal lighting and uniformity are important considerations when it comes to implementing road lighting. Horizontal lighting allows drivers to see where they are going while traveling.

Vertical lighting on the other hand is most important for designing lighting for pedestrian purposes. This includes lighting buildings, monuments, and trees.

Illumination on the Vertical and horizontal surface should be considered independently.

The level of horizontal lighting (lux) plays an important role when illuminating roads, bike ways offices space + more.  Vertical lighting ion the other hand is most important when lighting buildings, trees, retails paces and especially when filming is involved.

Implementing these lighting techniques requires careful control in order to avoid glare and light spill.

When seeking help with creative architectural lighting techniques, consider experienced assistance to ensure the best end result is achieved.

NEW by Lumen8 : Acacia and Kenyon!

We’ve got something exciting to share with you all; we have reinvigorated the Logikline brand with two new, Brisbane made products.
Please welcome our very own linear profiles, Acacia and Kenyon! Acacia comes as suspended or wall mount, and Kenyon comes as suspended or Surface Mount.
With the success of our architectural H Series pendant range, we identified the need for a fitting with complimentary aesthetic form, but with a bit more grunt and a competitive price tag to suit the Queensland market.
Both Acacia and Kenyon internally house OSRAM (MacAdams 3) high output LED boards with effortless slimline forms that honour the delicate, architectural style that makes the H Series so popular. Both profiles boast integrated drivers, DALI dimming and an electrical “plug and play” system, which allow for quick and tool-free, end to end connections. Available in high and low output boards, with various finishes and mounting options, the Acacia and Kenyon give the user ultimate design flexibility. These additions to the Lumen8 product range ensure that we can find a solution to any lighting layout you send our way. The LED boards come in 3000k and 4000k (2700k available on request); and CRI>80 as standard (CRI>90 available on request).
Taking inspiration from the H-Series pendant range, we offer a range of on-trend anodising and powdercoating finishes: Black, Silver, White, Bronze and Gold. We want to be flexible in helping to bring your project to life; if there is an option that you want, but you can’t find on the data sheet, just ask us and we might be able to make it happen! 

*Install images are examples of the effects that Acacia and Kenyon are capable of.

Our suppliers have won some awards!

We wanted to start the year by celebrating the achievements of our suppliers and their products. We’re proud to supply the highest quality international products that are on the forefront of cutting edge technologies and innovations. Here are some products that have been deemed by international juries to be the best of the best over the year of 2016.

HALLA have received two wins in the Special Mention Category, and a nomination for VIMA, BENT and INLIO respectively at The German Design Awards.
The German Design Award is the top international award of the German Design Council. Its goal is to discover, present and honour top quality, unique design trends which are ground-breaking in the international design landscape.

AXO have received one award and one nomination for U-Light, designed by Timo Ripatti: Nominee for the Best of Year awards (Lighting: Architectural Category), and winner of the NYCxDESIGN Awards (Lighting: Chandelier/pendant Catergory).

VISTOSI‘s Futura pendant won a Best Of Category award in the Archiproducts Design Awards (ADA). 2016 was the first edition of the ADA; an international design competition organised by Archiproducts, with the aim of recognising, rewarding and celebrating design excellence across a broad range of categories.

RAAT had success as winners of 2016 Red Dot Design Awards with two of its tracklights: Unico and Ipse. RAAT have been making amazing quality fittings for years, and this is not the first product set to receive Red Dot Design Awards.
The Red Dot Design Awards are one of the best-respected, and most sought after international seals of outstanding design quality.

Glare in the workplace

Lighting induced glare in the workplace- what is it, what does it mean for us and what can we do to prevent it?
What is Glare?
There are two types of glare: Disability Glare and Discomfort Glare.

Disability Glare is a physiological condition where light may cause such severe impairment of vision that the person is temporarily blinded. It can for example, be brought on by driving towards a car with their high-beams on.

Discomfort Glare is a psychological condition, caused by subtle catalysts such as a flickering light, or a light source being in too high contrast with the task at hand. Other factors such as line of sight of the luminaries, and placement of desks, seats and computer screens in relation to lighting can be big contributing factors.

Discomfort glare is what you would be more likely to encounter in an office, and it’s results can usually only be felt over long periods of time. Low productivity, tired/sore eyes, headaches and exhaustion can all be symptoms of poor lighting and glare in a work space. Luckily, there are relatively hassle free ways to solve these issues.
How do we prevent Glare?
Glare in the workplace can be avoided by considering preventative measures during the building/architectural design and interior design phases, and by consulting lighting professionals during the initial stages of a project. Lighting suppliers can also assist by suggesting fittings with a low UGR (Unified Glare Rating).
UGR is a dimensionless parameter ranging from 5 to 40, which indicates the glare of a lighting installation in an indoor space. The lower the UGR, the less direct glare is experienced by the observers.
The good news is, that suppliers are developing high quality, LED fittings with low UGRs for the exact context of offices and work stations. Our supplier Planlicht has come out with two new fittings that boast low UGRs and high quality, LED light sources: Skai and Anto.

Industry on Arthur

The 1st of September 2016 saw Arthur Street in Fortitude Valley play host to Brisbane’s design and construction industry professionals at the inaugural Industry on Arthur event.
At Lumen8, we took the chance to officially launch the second release of our very own H-Series line, and it went spectacularly! Thanks to everyone who came and made the night such a success. We all ate Honey Puffs, played some games; and we must say, the showroom looks really special at night.
If you’d like to see more images from the night, please check out the rest of the amazing photos from the night!

New CRI90 tape! But what is Colour Rendering?

Here at Lumen-8, we are proud to announce that we’re introducing CRI90 tape as standard across our profile ranges! We used to have CRI80 which is considered to be good colour rendering; but we wanted to offer you the best quality lighting when you come to Lumen-8, so we made the switch to GREAT colour rendering.

But what is Colour Rendering? and why is having a high CRI a good thing?

The Colour Rendering Index consists of 8 colours (R1 – R8) that are tested under the light. The brighter, richer, more saturated and true the colours are under that light, the higher the Ra measurement; or CRI value. CRI is generally measured on a scale of 0-100, with 0 being poor colour rendering and CRI100 being “perfect” colour rendering (like the light that comes from the sun). Between about CRI60-75 is considered pretty poor colour rendering, and is synonymous with older lighting technologies. Nowadays, you’ll generally find LEDs with at least CRI75 or above.

The colour temperature also plays a part, as colours will look different under different colours of light. For example, Green could look closer to brown under orange light, and closer to yellow under blue light.
In retail environments, gallery spaces, supermarkets and just generally anywhere you want good, true, rich colour, it is best to stick to 3000-3500k and a high CRI. However, there is never a blanket rule as different environments hold their own obstacles. If you’re ever unsure what lighting to use in a certain space, simply contact our friendly staff at Lumen-8 and we’ll be able to help you find the best solution. We have a large range including the latest LED lighting technologies with a wide range of different wattages, colour temperatures and CRI values.




New additions to the Logikline family!

welcome to our bigger and better Logikline LED tape and profile range!

We’ve got 10 new standard profiles, and over 20 new commercial project profiles that have joined the Logikline family.
Designed and manufactured by Topmet in Poland, these profiles are amazing quality, and have been designed with specific architectural lighting needs in mind.

There are special brackets, diffusers and profiles that make creating one seamless, continuous line of light a breeze. They can transition from vertical to horizontal lighting without breaking light, and there are profiles small enough for delicate cabinetry work. There is even one called Arc 12, which can bend through curves in architectural detailing. These profiles are the perfect thing to highlight architectural detail, and to provide an even, general illumination.

Aged Care Facilities: Good lighting techniques

Good lighting practices in the design of an Aged Care facility include:

1. Use of direct and indirect light to makes spaces seem larger and brighter

2.  Create uniform, brighter than average lighting to eliminate shadows

3. Reducing glare wherever possible- this can be done by increasing the surface area of the luminaire

4. Reduce reflections– this can be done by combining the right interior materials with correct lighting (i.e. be especially careful of floor finishes)

5.  Make sure task driven lighting is directional and has a higher lumen output (this refers to tasks such a reading, or carer examinations)

6.  Ensure that lighting can be independently controlled

7.  Follow human centric lighting practices to ensure that they get the right colour temperatures and lighting levels at certain times of the day (using dimmable, tunable LED fittings is a good way to ensure that this is achieved)

8. Use of warm coloured light (yellows, oranges and reds) as guide lights at night, as the yellowing of the lens makes it harder to identify colours of a shorter wavelength (blues and purples)

These good practices result in the following benefits:

1. Fewer falls in residents

2. Less need for intensive overnight care due to return of normalised sleep/wake cycles

3. Happier residents (significant drops in depression and anxiety).

4. Healthier residents (sleep/wake cycles improve, hormone levels balance out)

5. A dramatic improvement in the lifestyle of residents with dementia

6.  A better quality of life for all residents

Aged Care Facilities: Deteriorating Eyesight & Common environmental issues

As the need to cater to our aging population grows,
it has become increasingly apparent that interior space and lighting is extremely important to the health and well-being of the residents in aged care facilities. Elements such as decreased mobility and eyesight in the residents, determine that special care must be taken to ensure that environments are safe, comfortable and therapeutic.

As the human eye ages, a variety of issues begin to arise that negatively affect vision.
The lens of the eye starts to yellow, loses elasticity and begins to harden; while the pupil becomes smaller and less responsive to variations of light. The 3 common causes of vision loss are age-related Macular Degeneration (progressive retinal damage), Glaucoma (increasing pressure in the eyes causing nerve damage) and Cataracts (a clouding of the lens due to a protein build-up).

1. Directional lighting techniques create shadows (or sharp transitions between light and dark) which can appear to be physical objects/ changes in the environment, resulting in falls.
2. As eyes deteriorate, they may need up to four times more light for task orientated activities such as reading.
3. Dark ceilings can feel oppressive, heavy and restrictive; this negatively impacts their emotional and psychological wellbeing.
4. Aging eyes are very sensitive to glare. As the pupils become smaller and less responsive to variations in light, bright points of light and make them unsure of their environment- this is known as disability glare.
5. Harsh, shadow heavy lighting can change the appearance of faces, which can be moderately frightening to some residents (esp. those with dementia).
6. The occurrence of disrupted sleep/wake cycles in residents who don’t get proper access to daylight. This has to do with elements such as colour temperature and lux levels.
7. Aging eyes can take longer to adjust between light and dark, meaning that even light levels must be employed in rooms; and step-up/ step-down lighting used in ‘transitional areas’ (i.e. foyer from inside to outside).
8. There is often not enough lighting at ground level,
particularly beside beds.
This can cause uncertainty when residents get in and out of bed; thereby increasing the risk of falls.


Healthy lighting design: Residential vs Commercial

Commercial spaces, offices and schools
To increase productivity, encourage alertness and keep the sleep/wake cycle on the correct path, it’s integral to use lights with a colour temperature of 4000k and higher. Increasing the surface area of a light source can also be beneficial, which means indirect lighting can be an advantage. However, it has been shown that prolonged exposure to excessively bright light levels has been shown to negatively affect emotional wellbeing, so care must be taken to not overdo the amount of light in the space

Residential applications
In homes in Australia, the nocturnal lighting takes priority. It’s important to have a general lighting plan of 3000k and lower. Night-lights and guides should be kept to low light levels with as much yellow-red light as possible. An ever-growing disruption to nocturnal light exposure is the use of computers and hand held devices but luckily, mobile and web apps such as F.lux are allowing people to decrease the level of blue light from their screens at night.


Information has been gathered from various resources including our suppliers Philips, Osram, RAAT and HALLA.

Lighting, Colour Temperature and it’s effects on the body

Light, the body and the sleep/wake cycle
Over recent years, industry professionals have become increasingly aware of the vast impact that light has on our physiological, psychological and emotional wellbeing. To stay healthy, alert and productive, people need to have regular circadian rhythms and keep to a constant sleep/wake cycle as directed by our exposure to certain light wavelengths during the day.

The two key hormones affected by light are the sleep hormone melatonin, and the stress hormone cortisol. When waking up in the morning, it’s important to get our bodies to release enough cortisol to promote alertness. Into the evening and towards sleep, people need to halt the production of cortisol and encourage the release of melatonin to help them get to sleep.

To do this, the body needs access to bright light with blue wavelengths in the first few hours of waking up. Brightness and intensity may be decreased throughout the day and by night, blue light must be eliminated and amber tones increased and by the time we head towards sleep we should eliminate light altogether.

Humans have evolved to use the sun’s light to dictate their sleep/wake cycle, so correct lighting design for daily living and health is about mimicking sunlight. This means that careful attention must be paid to colour temperature and spectral distribution, light intensity and spatial distribution. The light source is important as the spectral distribution changes with the type of lamp.

LEDs and their role in healthy lighting design
LED light sources are the best at providing the spectrum of light that the body requires, and they’re the most versatile. LED light sources with tuneable colour temperatures are one of the newest evolutions to market-  this means that the colour temperature can be altered throughout the day via the one light source, rather than using multiple light sources. Our supplier RAAT won the 2014 Red Dot lighting award with their Tuneable LED track light, Abaco and our supplier Halla won the 2015 Red Dot lighting award for their tuneable LED linear profile, Sant.


Information has been gathered from various resources including our suppliers Philips, Osram, RAAT and HALLA.

David Trubridge at the 2015 Red Dot Design Awards

We’re excited to announce that the Nikau and Snowflake luminaires by David Trubridge have taken out the 2015 Red Dot Lighting Design awards!

Nikau is the only indigenous palm tree in New Zealand. Unlike the coconut palm familiar to Polynesians, it has no nuts. and the fronds from the palm were traditionally used for thatching and weaving. It has a large bulb at the top of its trunk and its leaves overlap in the criss-cross patterns which inspired this light. It comes in a full size or a half size. Suitable for any interior application both residential and commercial.

Snowflake has the same form as David Trubridge’s Kina light but is made up from a snowflake shape, creating a repeating geometric hexagonal pattern. The light was designed following a trip David made to Antarctica as a visiting artist. The beautiful pattern it creates will bring any interior space to life.


2014 Queensland IES Lighting Design Awards

Winner of the 2014 Qld IES Lighting Awards: Lighting Design Award of Commendation

Project: Courtyard house
Lighting Designers: Lumen8 Architectural Lighting & Blueprint Architecture
Date: 26 September 2014

Project designed in June 2012

The lighting concept for Courtyard House was formed by Lumen8 Architectural Lighting in conjunction with Blueprint Architects. Blueprint intuitively considered lighting placement in the early planning and design stages, allowing the final lighting solution to integrate with the architecture, and provide a sophisticated multi-tier luminance throughout the home. The goal was to highlight the architectural features of the home with a 100% energy efficient lighting solution while creating a comfortable, clean interior, and a strong emphasis on enhancing the contemporary landscape by night.

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Hush: an IQ Commercial/ David Trubridge Collaboration

Lumen8 is proud to present Hush, by IQ Commercial.
IQ commercial, in collaboration with designer David Trubridge have created an acoustic soundproofing luminaire with a sustainable, recycled plastic material.

Introducing Hush
Hush is a light, an intimate space, and an acoustic device. Hung over a meeting table, over work spaces, or over spaces in which to gather for a quiet discussion Hush is ideal for defining soft spaces. The material is a lightweight, semi-rigid acoustic panel which softens sound and reduces reverberations. Manufactured from 100% polyester fibres (including 65% post-consumer recycled material) the material is safe, non-toxic, non-irritant and non-allergic.

Visit IQ Commercial’s website for further information on Hush

contact the team at Lumen8 on +61 7 3254 4122