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The following are six major activities of Lighting Detectives:


 

1. Lighting Research and Study Activities
2. Urban Environmental Lighting Research Activities Around the World
3. Promotional Activities Including Publication, Television and Radio
4. Educational Activities such as Seminars, Symposiums, and Exhibitions
5. Citizen Participating Event Activities
6. Information Exchange through Newsletters and Websites



1. Lighting Research and Study Activities

These are basic and daily activities of Lighting Detectives. In the urban lighting environment, there are lighting heroes who bring us joy and the offenders we can hardly stand. The glare of vending machines that exist in greater numbers than street lamps, convenience stores’ and gas stations’ lighted all night with white lights, red flicking obstruction lights, illuminations and light-ups on roadside trees, and red lanterns on food stands… We carefully observe such situations become prevalent in cities. We praise the heroes and put down the offenders. Our current activities include going out observing city lights at night with »Lighting Detectives Club«.  




   We also hold »Lighting Detectives Salon«, where we present and share results of research activities while enjoying wine.
The research activities have »Five Lighting Detectives Rules«, which apply to our research activities:

1. Get angry with surrounding light pollution.
2. Deep and accurate observation of light on site
3. Do be impressed with artistic lighting.
4. Calmly detect inspiring lighting designs.
5. Continuously accumulate experiences in lighting.

Furthermore, there are »Seven paraphernalia« that are crucial in research activities. Aside from lighting meters such as the illuminance meter, luminance meter, color temperature meter, we are equipped with notebooks, sketchbooks, cameras, and tripods. We record what we have noticed in detail on B6-sized cards during the detective activities and save them as case studies. We also use maps, magnets, and measuring tapes, and also carry our IDs, such that people become suspicious of our activities.





2. Urban Environmental Lighting Research Activities Around the World

As a rule, a team of two people goes to cities and villages around the world several times a year to do continuous research. We have already covered sixty cities around the world for more extensive research.



3. Promotional Activities Including Publication, Television and Radio

In order to promote and publicize Lighting Detectives activities, we work on publishing the research results in magazines, books, and broadcastings on TV and radio. Such publications include:

Shoumei Tanteidan/SD Extra Issue, Global Urban Lighting Design / Landscape Design, Lighting Michelin , Lightings and Life / Living Design.



4. Educational Activities such as Seminars, Symposiums, and Exhibitions

In 1995, we held a series of lectures and practices, »Welcome to Lighting Detectives«. We regularly invited experts from different genres to speak on lighting culture of different environments. We had 150-200 participants from various fields, and it was reported on many TV programs.

We also had many large/small exhibitions. Lighting Detectives Appears in Ginza in 1997 and A Perspective for the Tokyo Nightscape in the Year 2050 in 1998 offered nightscape tours, talk sessions, round table live salons, and other events, which were very well attended.





5. Citizen Participating Event Activities

Many citizens apply to participate in our street light-up events called »Light-Up Guerrilla«. A short-term night light-ups are executed through detailed plans. We quickly light up the place and photograph it. Then we take it all apart and leave the site. The most important thing is to get out of the place as soon as possible.



6. Information Exchange through Newsletters and Websites

We regularly publish hand-made newsletters called Tanteidan Tsushin. Our various activities are reported on our websites. We also started the global net called Transnational Tanteidan and began the site: "Tanteidan.org." In December 2002, we had our first conference in Tokyo and a symposium called »Transnational Tanteidan Forum 2002 in Tokyo« was held. The second conference is planned for the end of August 2003 in Stockholm.





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