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UNESCO declares May 16 as the International Day of Light every year

UNESCO declares May 16 as the International Day of Light every year

IGuzzini, International Day of Light, Lighting design, Sergio Padula

Following a highly successful International Year of Light, which highlighted the importance of light-based sciences and technologies, UNESCO has declared May 16 as the International Day of Light every year. It is a global initiative that provides a platform for the continued appreciation of light and the role it plays in science, culture and art, education and sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications and energy. In the field of design, lighting plays a crucial role in highlighting interiors and architecture, and giving them a distinct identity.


Sergio Padula

Sergio Padula, technical director, iGuzzini, shares the significance of this day: “Today we join UNESCO in celebrating the first edition of the International Day of Light because light is a key tool in generating innovation and securing sustainability with energy-efficient illumination and solutions. It guarantees the conservation of art heritage and contributes to people’s well-being and life’s quality, being a key driver for social change and innovation. It can significantly improve working conditions and make our cities a safer place.”

“Light is a vital thrust for man and for our body cells, it is useful, personal and variable. From skin to hearth, we are made of light. It determines the mood of people, the colours and shapes of nature and artworks. Light can convert function into emotion, transforming a building into a collective value and a landscape into a perceptive experience.”

“Our company [iGuzzini] is also teaming up with the lighting design community and the Lighting Design awards to help tackle the scourge of contaminated water in Africa. Liquid Light, an initiative created in consultation with Unicef, is a photography competition where participants are invited to post an image of light and water with the hashtags #liquidlight, #idl2018 and #ldawards and account handles @LDAwards, @IDL2018 and @iGuzziniUK to raise awareness of the issue of contaminated water, as well as celebrate the 2018 edition of the Lighting Design Awards and the inaugural International Day of Light.”

Photos: iGuzzini

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