The William Wight Lecture 2023 was held the evening of June 6th at the Charlotte Street premises of Arup, who generously hosted the event. The speaker was Jeff Shaw, Arup Associate Director for lighting and his subject was Circular Lighting from Design through to replacement and recycling.

Jeff gave an absorbing and stimulating lecture showing how designers are seeking to maximise sustainability of buildings and infrastructure through the initial design of the building, including specifying products that are easily adapted, can be modified as new technologies come along or ultimately have elements that can be re-used either as products or spare parts, with only the minimum needing to go to responsible recycling at end of life.


Jeff Shaw making his presentation

The presentation stimulated a range of questions for Jeff to respond to, leading to a good discussion about future trends and the challenges of implementing such an approach across the wide range of the lighting industry.

The lecture in full flow

Following the lecture and Q&A session, the Master Lightmonger, Jamie Berry, thanked Jeff for his informative and stimulating lecture. He also thanked Stuart Mucklejohn (Chair of the Lightmongers Education Committee) for arranging the lecture and everybody for attending and contributing to the Q&A session. The evening concluded with a light supper and plenty of discussion about the subjects Jeff had presented.

The Master Lightmonger, Jamie Berry and Jeff Shaw of Arup

Jeff Shaw is a member of the Lightmongers and was one of our first Education Award winners back in the early 2000’s. He is currently mentor to one of the students on the Lightmongers Journeyman Scheme.

The William (Bill) Wright lecture was established by the Lightmongers in memory of Bill Wright who was highly respected across the lighting and electrical industries for his electrical engineering knowledge and experience, which he was always generous in sharing with others. He was Master Lightmonger in 2013 and 2014 and his passing in 2017 was a big loss to everyone who knew him. Bill believed very strongly in the importance of encouraging education in the industry (he was Chairman of the Lightmongers Education Committee).