About Us : Consultancy
Cameron Peters Fine Lighting is the world's only consultancy dedicated to quality decorative lighting.
The Company's purpose is to know as much as possible about fine lighting. This unique body of knowledge is made available to architects, interior designers, hotel/restaurant/bar owners, developers and other professionals, who benefit from a dramatic saving of time (and therefore cost), and who can offer better solutions, because they can select from the widest possible variety of good branded lighting.
HOW DO WE KNOW SO MUCH ?!
In 2004, Cheryl Younie (the concert pianist Cheryl Ng, who also taught at the Sydney Conservatorium) and Peter Younie opened what were universally agreed to be the finest lighting showrooms in the world. There was the widest variety of lights, of the best quality, with the most knowledgeable, friendly staff, all housed in lovely historic buildings in a beautiful and easily accessible location.
WHAT, EXACTLY, DO WE KNOW?
The team obviously got to know the lights in the showrooms really well; every single one of them had to be ordered, unpacked, assembled, installed, cleaned, relamped and generally lived with. However, our most productive activity has probably been the constant day-in-and-day-out specifying, buying and selling of lights for clients and projects. Only this way could we find out: which items are currently available, and on what lead times; who delivers exactly what has been ordered; who delievers when they say they will; whose items are likely to arrive broken; which lights do not meet local legal requirements; which lights come with inadequate, or no, installation or care instructions; who responds well when there is an after-sales problem; whose lights do not match what is in the catalogue...and everything else, big or small, that can only be gleaned by experience. ("An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a narrow field." Niels Bohr)
With its deep knowledge of practical lighting, the Company can advise on what is appropriate to period properties, or to locations with specific requirements – outdoors, in casinos, on yachts or ships, IP44-rated decorative lights for wet rooms in spas, lights that look spectacular in low lit bars or home cinemas.
In summary, this uniquely wide knowledge of decorative lighting – what is available and from whom – ensures that the right suppliers are engaged for any prestige project – large or small.
WHAT WE DO NOW
Though the showrooms were a fantastic resource for anyone specifying lighting, there was not the level of interest to justify their retention, so they were closed in 2010. However, we carry on doing the specifying, buying and selling which, with very regular meetings with the top lighting makers, monitoring of technical developments, plus attendance at the key trade fairs and scouring of relevant publications, ensure that we continue to know all that there is to know about fine lighting.
HOW ELSE DO WE PROMOTE FINE LIGHTING?
To raise awareness of the variety of lights that is available, and how they can be used, Peter Younie taught for many years at the KLC School of Design, appeared on the BBC’s Homes programme when they featured lighting, and has lectured to audiences as diverse as the British Contract Furnishing Association, the Grand Designs Show at the NEC and 100% Design in London. He is frequently quoted in the press and has been consulted on several lighting books (most recently, Lucy Martin’s The Lighting Bible). He has provided training courses for interior designers at Cameron Peters Fine Lighting, and offers CPD-type lectures to design and architectural practices. He is particularly sought after by the industry to advise on trends, the market and best practice.
The Company has dedicated logistics and technical departments. And a Company Dog (who you may have heard in the background during phone calls).
“Do not use anything which you do not know to be a pleasure to yourself,
and which you do not believe was a pleasure to the workman who made it.”
Oscar Wilde, in his lecture The House Beautiful
“Most people aren’t sensitive enough to know that a lot of their sadness could be taken away if they addressed their light at home”
“You can make people mad or make people happy with lighting.”