Dappled light

September 27, 2011

Before Nuns Lane was built and when we were planning it Donal explained that the trees would throw “dappled” light onto the white render and that it would create beautiful patterns. I only half registered this idea and I just did’nt realize how dramatic it would be. Yesterday as I got into the car I was stopped in my tracks by this image. It still amazes me how much detail and forethought that goes into design – the smallest things are considered and most of the time people think these are accidental!

Light Obsession

May 17, 2010

We are constantly mesmerized by how light changes in our house. Here are recent shafts!


February 25, 2010

Our office changes all year round as the daylight plays with the varied window opes and skylight. This image shows the light leaking through the bookcase to create an abstract pattern against the concrete which fascinates and  happily distracts us from our work for a few minutes!


January 10, 2010

Our first real snow at Nuns Lane was a pleasure to behold and mighty fun for the kids. A snow volcano was erected only to be made yellow by a local dog!!

Seeing Green

October 3, 2009

We are trying a new type of “bulb” which is the latest in low energy technology. This type of lamp is called INDUCTION lighting. The main attraction of induction lighting is an incredibly long lifetime. In a fluorescent lamp, the electrodes at either end are the weakest link, and the lamp usually fails when the cathode coating on one of the electrodes is depleted after 15,000–20,000 hours. Induction lamps have no such electrodes, so their rated lifetimes are as long as 100,000. So if one of these 23watt(equivilent to 150watt incandescent) self balast induction “bulbs” is lit for 10 hours a day 7 days a week you will save €64 a year and 0.15tonnes of co2 emissions.

The reduction in energy used is 45% and so there is a huge longterm financial saving in running costs(approx.€2K per fitting over their lifetime), not to mention that you won’t have to change the lamp for 27 years!  I like that they are good to the environment. Also they fit into most standard screw in fittings and are dimmable. They are supplied by a company called Greenlight (http://www.green-light.ie/) who are at the cutting edge of technology in this area.


The Light Fitting is an original modern antique  by Poul Henningsen manufactured by Louis Poulsen. We sourced it online from RoxyKlassik in Denmark.

PH Snowball (1924) is a 360-degree glare free luminaire. The geometry of the PH Snowball is designed to ensure all the illuminated surfaces of the shades are struck by the rays of light in the same angle, creating an even illumination. The finish is white and wet painted.

The PH Snowball is considered a smaller version of the PH Louvre made for the Adventist Church in Skodsborg, Denmark. But unlike the PH Louvre, the number of shades is reduced to just eight mounted on three legs – and the diameter of the fixture is also reduced due to the fact that it was intended for lower ceiling spaces. This fixture was first launched together with the PH 5 and the PH Artichoke but it did not get the same attention as the other two pendants. However, as a result of the PH Snowball being re-drawn and re-introduced in 1983 this fixture has come alive again. Today it is made with white shades glossed on the top and matted on the underside. The top of the shades are glossy in order to create sparkling light. The undersides of the shades are matte to avoid reflections of the light source.

Iroko and light

June 20, 2009


Delight the light

June 15, 2009

Raindrops on the skylights – the light is ever changing in this house – beautiful