These are specialized light fixtures that when properly arranged
help eliminate lighting related issues in a Videoconferencing
In any Videoconferencing setup the lighting presents a few unique
problems. The lights in the room should not face the VC camera.
Also, the light should not reflect from any object or clothes
into the VC camera. To add to this, if the lights are overhead,
then we see shadows under the eyes and the chin. People are found
complaining that "Our people don't look like themselves"
or "We look pale" or " Our faces look dark"
Lighting is one of the many bumps on the road
to successful videoconference meetings. For true success in video
conferencing the participant must be able to relate to one another
as if looking through a window to the next room. Shiny featureless
faces or black circles in place of eyes, do not support the illusion
of presence in the meeting room.
Many attempts at solving videoconference lighting
problems have resulted in only marginal success. The primary failure
is due to the fact that lighting requirements for a videoconference
are different than any other application. Lighting a videoconference
room like you would a TV news studio, lecture hall, or stage show
is simply treating video conferencing like something that it isn't.
You can see below, when lighting is done correctly
there is an undeniable improvement in the image you send.
Unfortunately, many do not pay attention to this aspect of a Videoconferencing
setup. At times clients do not wish to disturb the aesthetic look
and feel of the room that is recommended by the architect. Other
times it is due to the fact that the purchase of the Videoconferencing
system was of a sizeable value and clients do not wish to spend
further. Whatever the reason, the poor lighting design can make
an expensive Videoconferencing system look ordinary.
Depending on the desires and needs of each client
a number of solutions are possible. Some clients are simply looking
for improvement without a complex study and design. Other clients
want a complete analysis and full lighting design, to be assured
the best possible results.
- Lighting requirements for VC are different than any other
- Lighting a VC room like you would a TV news studio, lecture
hall, or stage show does not help
- We need to define the critical aspects of the room, the multiple
aspects of light, the nature of video conferencing hardware
and software, and the nature of the people who use videoconference
- Solutions with light dimming and presets available
Lutron 2x2 VTC Fixture