guerrilla lighting

We Love Whitecross...

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:55:00 +0100

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It was a hard week but we go there in the end!  While the rest of the Social Light Movement crew teamed up with London School of Economics for some formal social research that ran alongside our usual banter with people on the streets we planned a guerrilla lighting night to engage the local residents.

The wonderful photographs were all taken by the amazing Catarina Heeckt and we’d really like to thank her for her cool, calm approach to the madness of night!  As you can see she did a great job.

At first it looked we weren’t going to have enough people but just as we set off loads of local residents and their kids appeared and the night just better and better!

The first site was the Welsh Church on Fann Street (not strictly Whitecross but very close and a nice building to get started on!).

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We tested two new innovations on this site - the PixelStick which created our lovely poppies and the LongStick with a flat card on the end to block out the spill from street light!

Site 2 was a building that we heard given many names - including the cheese grater, the ship, 88 Golden Lane and the big white one - whatever its called we lit it and had some fun with shadows, mirror balls and crazy dots of light.

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The third site was the normally locked garden right in the middle of the estate and we decided to show it off in a simple way and then give the kids a chance to have some fun with a box of glow sticks!

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The final site was another proper bit of Whitecross - the rear facade of Alleyn House, on Chequer Street.  Here we lit up the building in a complementary yellow wash and used the PixelStick to paint a field of sunflowers in the street.

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We’d really like to thank all the people from Whitecross who turned up and joined in the lighting fun.  The kids were a blast and it was great to answer all their questions about light and lighting design because that’s why we do the guerrilla - to start conversations about light.  We loved the feedback you gave us on the night and it made us very proud to feel the love for Guerrilla Lighting in the conference the next day - thank you.

We’re not saying you should do this every night or that this is how you should light your buildings up but we do think that you deserve good lighting.  Lighting that makes the place you live even nicer, more welcoming and safer.  Lighting that makes you even more proud of your little piece of London.  

Throughout the week, we met and spoke to a lovely range of people and the myth that Londoners are unfriendly is definitely untrue!  Thank you for having us.  What can we say other than We Love Whitecross and hope to be back sometime soon!

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The 5M Candle Power Shoot Out....

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 12:57:08 +0100

…LED versus Tungsten.  The ultimate battle.  Could the new kid on the block - the Sealey LED437 take on the original guerrilla torch?  Would the big yellow, our bad boy of temporary lighting, the AK437 be able to hold it’s own against the new LED version.

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Well, this is the time to find out.  As part of a scouting mission to Salford we decided to take one of each with us and have a shoot out.  Could this be the point that Guerrilla Lighting can go LED?

In practical terms the new kid on the block is more compact and easier to carry, it has a pistol grip to make aiming easier and also has two power settings.  Probably its biggest advantage is its power on time.  Yet to be tested, but it claims 4 hours at high output on a single charge.  Definitely better that big yellows 20 mins!  

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Sounds good so far for the LED but what about the real test - how does it perform on the streets?  See below for our side-by-side test shots (taken with an iPhone 5S so forgive the quality!)

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I’ve got to admit, we were surprised they worked as well as they did.  They didn’t seem as bright just looking at them but on-site they did cover the distance.  The beam is a lot thinner and whiter, as you can see but it did a good job keeping up for the full height of the wall.  You would need more of them than the Big Yellow for a flat wall but they could work on columns, etc.  

Our conclusion is that they are not quite up to the Big Yellow (he’s still our favourite) and they certainly don’t look as striking, but they do have a place in our arsenal of Weapons of Mass Illumination.  More photo’s below:

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"Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space. It does not seek anything in return; it..."

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:06:40 +0100

““Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space. It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe. It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished.””

- Michael Strassfeld

Weapons of Mass Illumination...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:05:00 +0100

We often get asked what torches we use and it does vary depending on what we can get for a good price but these big, yellow monsters from ScrewFix in the UK are main weapon of choice:

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http://www.screwfix.com/p/million-candle-rechargeable-spotlight-5m/34887

The cost seems to vary from £15 to £30 for no obvious reason but at the moment they are on at the low end of the range.  Looking around you can also get them from Amazon, where they are called the AK437!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/AK437-Rechargeable-Spotlight-000-Candlepower/dp/B000ROD8EO/ref=sr_1_48?ie=UTF8&qid=1410865228&sr=8-48&keywords=torch+million+candle+power

We know that our friends in Finland also used something like this 10 Million Candle Power Beast:

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Also available from Amazon - 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nitehawk-Rechargeable-Million-Candle-Spotlight/dp/B00D885FX8/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=undefined&sr=8-3&keywords=torch+million+candle+power

Remember though, size doesn’t always matter and bigger is not necessarily best when it comes to light!  If you’re planning a mission, buy one torch and test it.  Can you get away with less power and therefore a more portable unit?

Most of all though - have fun and create some great lighting!

The Revolution Continues

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0100

Due numerous incidents of WordPress hacking we have been forced to move the guerrillalighting.net web site to a new location and platform.  At the same time we’ve given it a bit of a spring clean and updated its presentation.  

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Hopefully this new format will make it easier for us to post updates and keep you up to date with the latest missions.  We can also add your activities and help you promote work and the wonderful world of light!