IT’S BEEN announced that the popular lighting industry figure and independent lighting designer Liz Peck has died at the age of 46.
Peck was named Lux Person of the Year in 2015 for what the judges’ described as ‘her personal passion and energy’ in promoting the cause of good lighting.
They said that in her years in the lighting industry she has made ‘an enormous contribution to the lighting family and the wider community’.
‘While running her own independent lighting design practice, she works tirelessly and gives freely of her time in industry initiatives and organisations’.
She was president of the Society of Light and Lighting in 2015 and 2016 and one of the founders, and one of the driving forces behind the Night of Heritage Light, a hugely successful event for the International Year of Light which attracted widespread press and television coverage and achieved millions of interactions on social media.
Peck joined the lighting industry in 1999, taking a customer service role with Concord Lighting.
Working alongside Mike Simpson, Peck moved from Concord to Philips, becoming a senior lighting designer and with Simpson’s encouragement, joined the Society of Light and Lighting in 2003.
At the time, Peck was undertaking the Bartlett MSc in Light and Lighting. Liz was awarded the Worshipful Company of Lightmongers Student of the Year in 2003 and graduated the following year.
Keen to contribute, Peck joined the Society’s Newsletter committee and for a short time, sat on CIBSE Council as part of sub-committee looking at membership grades and subscriptions, eventually moving on to SLL Council instead.
In 2007, Peck set up her own independent lighting consultancy, LPA Lighting. She also provided training for CIBSE and the LIA.
Her projects include Dover Castle, which was highly commended at the 2012 Lighting Design Awards and more recently, the Iron Bridge in Telford, a project that she worked on with current SLL President, Bob Bohannon (LuxRapide), winning the Outdoor Lighting Project of the Year at the Lux Awards last November.
In 2008, Peck was awarded the SLL Lighting Diploma, and prior to being elected to the SLL Executive Committee, Peck was the Society’s Secretary. She became SLL President in 2015, coinciding with the UNESCO International Year of Light.
She was extremely proud to be the third woman to take on the role and to represent the Society, its members, and the Lighting Industry.
Peck was also an active member of the Society’s Technical and Publications committee, contributing to several SLL Lighting Guides.
At the time of her death, she was working on an SLL Guide on the impact of lighting on flora and fauna.
In her presidential year, Peck was one of the instigators and project leads of the first SLL Night of Heritage Light.
Embracing and celebrating the UNESCO International Year of Light, SLL members lit nine Unesco World Heritage sites across the UK on 1 October 2015.
Alongside Simon Fisher, Dan Lister and Rhiannon West, Peck led the national event, which gained international acclaim.
The Night of Heritage Light 2015 went on to win awards at the Lighting Design Awards, the darc awards and was highly commended at the Lux Awards.
Rounding up the Unesco International Year of Light, Peck travelled with SLL coordinator Juliet Rennie to Mexico for the closing ceremony, where she spoke about the Night of Heritage Light as part of an international panel of lighting designers and advocates.
On moving from Brighton to her beloved city of Leeds, Peck started the Northern Lights initiative, which gave an opportunity for Light Minded people in the north of England to socialise, laugh and discuss the topics of the day.
She was a great champion of the lighting community and felt strongly about supporting and encouraging those within it.
In a statement, the Society of Light and Lighting described her as ‘very passionate, hard-working, and committed to the lighting profession’.
SLL President Bob Bohannon commented: ‘I will not be alone in hearing the news of Liz’s passing with shock and immense sadness.
‘She was a dear friend and invaluable colleague who will be widely missed.
‘I was constantly amazed by just how many people knew her and her ability to make friends of the teams around us.
‘But whilst mourning I want to celebrate the life lived for that is the Liz we all knew.
‘Her humanity shone through, for example in the last few months she was volunteering as a deliverer for a Leeds food bank, it was hard work but she made people lives better.
‘She was immensely proud to have beaten all the longevity odds after major heart surgery as a teenager.
‘Her passion for the work of the Society of Light and Lighting was a driving force in her life and her work on projects such as Dover Castle and the Iron Bridge at Telford were widely recognised as being at the leading edge of our profession.’