History

Overview:

The Lux Pacifica is the lighting conference of the following lighting societies: India, China, Japan, Thailand, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, South Africa, Mexico and Hong Kong.  It is loosely based on the Lux Europa: a quadrennial conference of the lighting societies in Europe.

Establishment:

Warren Julian

The idea for the Lux Pacifica came from Mr James Jewell (IESNA) and Dr Warren Julian (IESANZ) who regularly attended the Lux Europa conferences. Over a number of years of idle conversation at CIE and Lux Europa meetings they toyed with the idea of a Pacific Rim lighting conference but with differences from the European model.

The Pacific Rim contains both developed and developing countries; it has countries with strong illuminating engineering societies and others with none or only fledgling societies; it contains countries where the lighting design profession is well established and others that are dependent upon foreign designers; and it contains countries with and without lighting education programs.

History and Development:

James Jewell

In the mid-1980s, a meeting of enthusiasts from the lighting societies of North America, Australia, Japan and Russia was organised. That meeting decided that a Lux Pacifica was a good idea for the region.

Its goals were that it would be a quadrennial conference supported by the national lighting societies (as with the Lux Europa) but it would be characterised by a conscious effort to promote good lighting design (by having specific lighting design sessions), as well as the development and improvement of lighting technologies and to promote lighting education. The developed countries should assist the developing countries: fellowship and cooperation were to be hallmarks.

China had recently joined the CIE and the IESNA was actively involved in assisting the CIES. Thus, it became obvious that the first Lux Pacifica should be held in China and after much preparatory work, the first was indeed held in Shanghai, China, in 1989. By that stage the Lux Pacifica had grown to include Hong Kong, Thailand and New Zealand. The 1989 conference was a huge success and its lighting design objective was met through a special half-day design symposium, to which architects and lighting users were invited and where presentations were made by leading lighting designers. The design symposium was extremely popular and successful. There were also sessions on lighting education.

The Shanghai format was adopted for future Lux Pacifica conferences and Thailand hosted the next in 1993 in Bangkok. That was followed by another successful Lux Pacifica in Nagoya, Japan, in 1997.

The subsequent Lux Pacifica was scheduled for 2001 but in 2000 India joined Lux Pacifica. So, the 4th Lux Pacifica was staged, in 2002, in New Delhi, hosted by the Indian Society of Lighting Engineers.

Whilst the original idea was a Pacific Rim regional lighting conference, the literal meaning of pacific is (from the Latin) “peacemaking”, which is a better interpretation than simply the geographical one. Therefore, Lux Pacifica (peacemaking or peaceful light) is appropriate as it welcomes other lighting societies to join.

The 5th Lux Pacifica was held in Cairns, Australia, in 2005. Since that conference, South Africa has joined Lux Pacifica.

The 6th Lux Pacifica was to he held in Kabarovsk in Russia in 2009 but due to the effects of the global financial crisis, it was moved to Bangkok.

The Future:

The Lux Pacifica now represents about half the world’s population. The international significance of the Pacific Basin Region continues to increase and Lux Pacifica has enormous potential to achieve its goals.