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Hi all, this website covers my 2 hobbies, for the first click the link on the left to enter International Ceylon Database that covers Sri Lankan Genealogy. The aim is to include all people of the country Sri Lanka previously known as Ceylon, it includes where known the lineages and countries prior to entering and also the countries and lineages after leaving.  
My second hobby, enjoyment, and full time job, is Lighting and you will find below various examples. I say hobby because ever since I was little my father (an Electrical Contractor) undertook various projects to do with lighting. One of the first projects that really created my interest was for a swimming pool that had ceramic iridescent pipes around its perimeter. Within a section of this pool was a fountain that flowed into the swimming pool. My fatherwas asked to create the feeling of light emitting out of the water where it flowed into the pool. His solution was to acquire a solid rectangle block of Clear Perspex and drill a series of holes into it and placing a car festoon lamp that sealed with silicon. Once dried it was immersed into the water, which both self-cooled and placed the lighting in desired location while being powered by a transformer. From this point, my appreciation of lighting as an affect and not the luminaire as the focal point for situations can be equally as important as a luminaire used as the feature.
Halo for Mary

Another lesson I learnt from my father early in my experiences with lighting was to experiment with objects and see what light can do to them. Glass among other materials can give some spectacular results. Pictured on the right is a simple mass produced statues of the Virgin Mary, by placing a pilot lamp underneath it, the light emits from two places, just above the base and on the top of the head of the figurine, thus creating a 'Halo" effect. 
Rowell Ave Camberwell 2015

My first full LED Residential Project, where I was confident we could apply LED to all facets and needs of this job. Use of predominately LED downlights, using adjustable for flexible spaces or to apply light to mirrors and feature walls. Also using smaller lumen packages for tighter all smaller spaces meant further energy savings as much as not over lighting. In the basement garage use of lineal LED meant rather than using longer traditional fluorescent. Accent asymmetric LED was applied to stairs and pillars. Recessed Linael LED was also used for butlers pantry and Laundry cupboards to give and even lighting effect. Use of LED does require correct selection to ensure best lifetime outcome, low MacAdam Ellipses and good Colour Rendering.   
CFA Dandenong 2015
Apart from the overall building lighting design, the need to recreate the Hose Tower and lighting for safe passage was required. Application of LED, needed to be robust, water proof and not impede on training excercises.

Prima Apartments Bio Walls 2014

Bio Walls are a bit of a challenge to light, due to a number of requirements ranging from minimum 3000lux at any one point, restriction in physical space for lighting and also to cover aesthetic requirements. As a result quite a punch of lighting is required to ensure that plants will survive. My solution was two rows of lineal Metal Halide that could also be angled. One row to cover the lower section and the other the upper section. I have seen a number of failed sites which tried to light with LED floods and as a result all plants died.
Nunawading Library Renovation, 2011

Site visits where possible can provide a wealth of information, especially to understand why a change or upgrade is undertaken and what the client may look in improving the use of a space. It is also useful to get an architect’s impressions that have been pitched to a client as it helps to work towards the same outcome or even explain why a diversion from the design if required. Improved lighting, reduction of shadows and some colour and light, creating different spaces and zones within the one area was both what was lacking and what the client desired in the renovation. With changes to the outside façade, we needed both highlighting to catch the attention of people outside, while at the same time consideration to glare coming in through the windows to those reading inside. Through the site visits, I could also take into account existing lighting and surrounds to make best use of luminaires and positioning. An interesting outcome was that three main luminaire types were used creating most of the numerous effects. Eight different luminaires and five lamp types in total for a project of this size were all that were required. This means to the client a less onerous task of maintenance in both servicing and spare parts.
Wellness on Wellington, 2010

The need to expand along with the vision for a purpose built medical centre for all facets of medical care resulted some new thinking in both Architecture, lighting and utilization of this multilevel space. By taking in the architectural drawings I looked forward to both highlighting features of the building internally and externally along with concealing and providing light from various directions. The result created a soothing environment and a visible icon from the road. From its original name of Parkridge Medical Centre the changes in all facets meant also, its new name was quite apt and reflective of the changes and intentions. It with thanks to Bibby Rusden Thomson for involving me in this project and the trust they put in me.

Box Hill & North Melbourne Police Stations, 2010

With new state of the art facilities, the mix between a visual deterrent and careful consideration to the surrounds always has its challenges. By recessing within the ground, the rear carpark helped to provide the right amount of lighting without being glary to viewers off the street. Internally provision of a good working environment and purpose built facility against the ‘converted house’ previously used to undertake the work the police had to face.  

Derrimut Village Shopping Centre

Designing of new Shopping Centres requires consideration to errors of the past, more energy efficient designs, and planning for future expansion. Carpark design was to use minimum amount of poles and lower energy luminaires, with matching fittings along the side, downlights were to be bug proof and other lighting to highlight features and architecture.
Sportlink Vermont South, 2010

The building of a new centre for the Home of the Whitehorse Netball Association, Sportlink also caters for all ages with a comprehensive and diverse range of sports and competitions both indoor and outdoor. This project provided an opportunity to reflect the difference between a performance luminaire and a cheap luminaire that does not have the purpose or the user considered. The selection of the Versabeamax meant the client would require less fittings to do a better job, have lower running costs (431watts v 464 watts and less used to do the same job) with the use of electronic gear and have less maintenance due to increased lamp life, and reduced depreciation of the lamps. The proven GE optics provides great vertical illuminance that are critical for numerous sports and can also absorb and deflect balls. For the Outside courts 1kw Sportz floods were employed to ensure correct levels and cut-off glare to surrounding areas. Improvements were also made to carpark lighting via site visits to incorporate existing costs and not replace for the sake of replacing.
St Vincent’s Hospital Cancer Centre, 2010

Designing for Hospitals traditionally make for bland luminaires and bright clinical light. The trick here was the Architect’s and client’s desire to make a more homely feel for patients and visitors to the centre. The outcome was to consider the aesthetics with a neater and smaller luminaire in high output T5 and MR16 Metal Halide along with a task light to provide the higher level for medical inspections. Using the architects conceptual drawings aided in understanding both what the Architect was aiming to achieve along with what the client might be expecting. As a result, in meetings with all stakeholders, I was able to show the reasons for my design and changes to some of the original vision. 
Fintona Margaret Ross Centre, 2010

Nestled in the inner suburb of Balwyn is Fintona Girls School, their need to expand, upgrade whilst also blending into the environment and making the best use of space were key factors to consider. The ingenuity of the Architecture needed subtle highlighting while also fulfilling the practical needs of the various spaces. The trickiest part to light was actually the carpark, the reason was due to close proximity of residential homes and low fences, the bollard selected gave a good throw forward as well as a good vertical light.
St James Church, Glen Iris 2010

Following my work in 1995 an area not covered was the pews, this presented both a cost and project management issue. Located above the pews were self-ballasted Mercury Vapour lamps that are no longer available and is an obsolete technology. The solution needed to consider the vast height in this space both in lighting and installing, along with aesthetics. My intent was to improve the level of lighting, accentuate the architecture of the building and also considers the St James Mural that at various times had been risen as an issue as to whether it could be lit. Varying degrees of natural light can be experienced in this church depending on time of day and weather. The answer to this was to use slim T5 pendants with DALI Dim and 2 MH Spots mounted on top of 2 of the fittings to highlight the Mural. Careful consideration was given to minimum wiring, existing conditions and ease of future maintenance. The result speaks for itself and is controlled by bell press mechanisms for easy operation of the various clergy. Key points of the Architecture now are lit, it complements the rest of the church and the mural shimmers. Issues of reflecting light into the Plasma screen was considered and present far less of a problem than did the pendants. With numerous people and interest involved an AGI32 design greatly helped cover the issues and the outcome for approval from the congregation.
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Monash Uni Caulfield Multipurpose Hall, 2009

After undertaking several energy saving audits for Monash Uni, I was asked to look at their Multipurpose Hall for possible energy savings and improved lighting. The challenge was to provide lighting for multipurpose sports ranging from Basketball, Badminton to Soccer and Volley Ball. Limitations of where luminaires could be placed and reflectances created their own challenge. The existing installation relied on several banks of fluorescent luminaires and clusters of 3 x 400w MH highbays, the solution was to use Versalux 400w Versabeamax Electronic Highbays (1 for every cluster of 3) to provide the main lighting and some edge 2x80w fluorescent to provide the uniformity for competition level due to restricted placement of the highbays. This result has not only provide improved light levels and better lighting on the vertical , it also met energy reductions and maintenance reductions.
Lauriston Girls Blairholme, 2009

On the renovation of Blairholme improvements to lighting was one of the outcomes desired by the school. Being a converted mansion, it was important to both provide lighting to standards and to accentuate the Architectural features and high ceilings. My solution was to provide a slim T5 pendant with an uplighting component.
QV Retail Red Cape Lane, 2009

Norman Disney & Young approached me to undertake a lighting design for a "red Cape" to be suspended and lit from underneath. By importing the Architect's impression of the cape into the design and undertaking a site visit, I recreated the lane and structures to combine and workout the best way to illuminate the cape. 
Lauriston Girls Staff Offices & Breakout, 2008/09

With old and obsolete existing lighting within the Staff Offices, Lunch Room and Breakout Space, the desire to renovate the space, update the lighting and improve lighting, energy consumption and maintenance. Consideration had to be taken to existing suspended ducting and sweep fans and therefore selected a T5 suspended pendant that can either be hung by itself or joined. The Pendant itself was the same as has been selected for other areas to aid in maintenance and the required office lighting level of 320 lux at the workplane was achieved, whilst for the lunchroom and breakout space was designed lower lighting levels to create a more relaxed environment. 
Caseldine Shopping Centre Carpark Qld, 2008

Many carparks throughout Australia are badly illuminated, so it’s always good to get an opportunity to design a carpark properly, to consider the environment and practical aspects of a space. Both the underground and outside carpark considered many factors from energy efficiency to the inclusion of other lighting being utilised at night and utilisation of canopies for where the disabled parking was to be located.
Freemasons Medical Centre, Suite Reception, 2008

Normally a Medical Suite is lit with T-bar style fluorescents and not much thought is given to the space. Insite Architects wanted to provide some interest while still providing a good level of lighting. The solution was to give the impression of the sun, with rays of light emitting from the Reception, and provide some colour and warmth around the reception itself. I utilised a continuous T5 fluorescent with a curved opal cover to represent the rays, and for the reception some downlights and amber pendants with energy efficient compact fluorescents.

501 Waverley Rd Reception & Offices, 2008

Since 1985, the reception and office space lighting (suspended T8 down only luminaires) had not been touched other than maintenance. The existing lighting had slowly broken down with parts being unavailable to obtain. I wanted to both revamp the space and give consideration to better use of energy and reduce maintenance. Part of the Architecture is a rising angled ceiling and therefore I wanted include this by providing some upward component using a T5 suspended luminaire. For the downward component it needed take better care of glare to the people using the space. 
Brimbank Anglican Community Church, 2007

Insite Architects approached my assistance for lighting design of this now completed church and its community areas. The main area where services would be held provided a unique challenge due to a non-traditional use of the space and orientation. Within the brief was the need to consider both practical lighting of the space and also to consider the requirement for the lighting neither to be intrusive to the operation of the area nor to detract from the Architectural curved roof above. Concerns had been raised by the vestry about poor lighting in their previous church and having suspended lighting that would detract to the beauty of the space. As I had previously explored various options and implications the solution was to provide a dimmable fluorescent system similar to that adopted for Melbourne University School of Architecture and incorporate Dichroic 35w IRC Lamps in-between to provide warmth and sparkle. Spots with barn doors where employed to light the front area for speakers and provide a focal point. The dimming system rather than being complicated and difficult for the congregation was simplified with the use of bell push mechanisms rather than a complicated pre-programmed controller. 
Melbourne University School of Architecture, 2006/07
Stage 1&2

I was approached by Norman Disney & Young to assist in a suitable solution to an existing exposed ceiling. By installing a suspended rod system (Trilux T200) with interchangeable luminaires and emergency lighting, we could create interest while also meeting the client’s needs for diversity. Colour was introduced in the spotlights and 4 luminaires near the lift area within a relatively inexpensive solution.

MFB Training Facility Burnley, 2007

Design for this 5 Greenstar Project was undertaken over a period of time with my initial input into the outside training area and some key floods that needed to illuminate the area and avoid glare to the firemen. The solution was to use some state of the art floods that I had used to great success at Box Hill Tafe Bld 8, this time with a higher wattage that allowed the use of fewer floods as a result. My involvement in Moduline (a cable management company) allowed me to have great insight for the internal suspended light system. This system also required the carrying of all services to work stations and support, acoustic panels, smoke detectors, indicator lights and various other services. The solution was to have a cable tray above the suspended luminaires/ panels that allowed for it's own weight and the worst case scenario of added weight for cabling and equipment. Consideration for a breaking suspension wire, limiting the amount of suspension points going into the hollow core-concrete, and integration with workstation poles were some of the problems that needed to be taken into account. The consideration of more than just lighting a space allows for the consideration of other systems, services, and best practice solutions.

Lynbrook Village Shopping Centre, 2007

Creating lighting for the future requires the inclusion of issues like trees and their height at maturity. A good example of this was the centre strip of a new shopping centre that needed to take into account mature trees, meet required lighting standards and reduce the number of luminaires required where possible.
Szencorp Lighting Design Award, 2006

To Moonlighting and Energy Conservation Systems for the Szencorp Building. The judges felt this project extended the range of environmentally sustainable lighting design, setting a new benchmark for the renovation of an existing building. The use of effective zoning of luminaires and the appropriate use of sensor technology, which avoided the pitfalls of earlier installations, was remarked upon. The spaces are both a pleasure to work in, as well as efficient in their use of light and energy. See also Szencorp Building

Melbourne Commonwealth Games, 2006

With 4 days till the start of the Commonwealth Games, while working at Moonlighting I was asked to provide a lighting solution to NAB’s transparent advertising banner. The solution needed to be temporary, provide highlighting to the massive banner, and be completed and running prior to the opening of the games. By placing four Metal Halide Floods on two existing streetscape light 
poles, the contractors Elecraft were able to complete the task and the results turned out to be quite impressive.

Box Hill TAFE Building 8, 2004

The Centre for Biotechnology and Animal Sciences is housed in a brand new state-of-the-art building, consisting of 5 levels with an overall floor area of approximately 11,000m2 and includes Vet and animal husbandry areas, hairdressing and internet cafe, training and admin areas, computer and general purpose classrooms and microbiology, DNA and chemistry laboratories.
Challenges faced with this project were the needs for functionality, aesthetics and compliance with laboratory standards. Low energy, high output uplighting were implemented in the main atrium area. Functional fluorescents with appropriate gaskets and lens for the Laboratories and down the lower front areas, a decorative round fixture employing a 2D lamp, provided interest and contrast. One of the real challenges was the requirement to light from a high level, the entry driveway whilst at the same time not inhibit drivers passing by on Elgar Rd. I achieved this with a sharp cut-off floodlight that both provided the required levels and highlighting the building for passers-by, there is also no disability glare as you drive along the road.


St James Church Glen Iris, 1995

Early in 1995 I was approached while at a service at St James, as to what my thoughts were with regards to the lighting and making improvements. The existing installation had 150w Par38 Lamps attached onto the ceiling of the church and really failed to provide interest or a good lighting solution in practical terms and use. The solution was to place a series of Low Voltage Spots 2m lower and on the existing beams within the chapel area; 60 degree beams up onto the timber ceiling providing indirect light and highlight to the timber; 24 degree to provide lighting to readers and other key areas. For every second beam, 3 off -1x36w fluorescent luminaires end-to-end with a 5000K lamp to provide a feeling of natural light and accentuate the beam. These fluorescents also worked to compliment the natural light streaming in from the side chapel during the day.

The outcome meant they had a slight reduction in running cost, reduced maintenance, easier access for maintenance, a marked increase in the lighting for tasks, and lighting that helped show of the features and architecture of the building.

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