5 Key Steps When Creating a Lighting Plan

Apr 10, 2024 | Design

The right lighting has the ability to transform an atmosphere, enhance wellbeing and influence behaviours. That is why it is worthwhile investing in the creation of a carefully crafted lighting plan.  There are several factors influencing our lighting plans, but we want to share with you some key steps that guide our process here at Lightmaster.

1) Make a plan

Our designers begin by requesting or creating a basic floor plan of the space, it is usually best to use a 1:50 scale. Include essential details such as ceiling types and heights, windows and doors.

Next, we add in where key items of furniture will be placed and artwork positions. It is also important to note the colours of floors, ceilings and walls as this will alter the final lighting effect of a room and could have a significant impact.

2) Understand the space

Following this, we really need to delve into understanding the primary users of this space, what they do in it, how frequently, the desired moods and so on.

A kitchen is often an active hub for culinary creativity, whilst on the other hand a bedroom is a calmer sanctuary for a well-deserved rest. The lighting will need to be planned accordingly to reflect these uses and moods.

3) Map your light sources

We map simple icons onto the plan to identify the types of lighting, such as wall lights, pendants, downlights etc. and spacing for the fittings. This will almost always need to be tweaked as plans change or fittings are chosen, but we’ve got to begin somewhere!

It is usually best to avoid creating a grid and lighting the whole room, especially when lighting a residential space, as it can become too bright and lacks character or atmosphere. Instead, lighting should be applied in stages. Begin by meeting the user’s task needs and then look at how to create the ideal ambience, followed by feature lighting.

4) Select your light fixtures

We choose light fixtures that are appropriate for the functionality of the space and complement the interior design. It is fantastic for selecting key decorative focal points to give the space some character, often in the form of a feature pendant or decorative wall light.

It’s also important to select discreet lighting, meeting your lighting needs and blending seamlessly into the room. The fitting specifications will need to be factored in. It’s important to check details such as dimensions, colour temperature, light output, beam angles and so on.

5) Connect with circuits & controls

The final and often most intricate stage of creating a lighting plan is designing the circuits and determining power supply requirements. Factoring into this is scene-setting for each area and how users will control them. Explore and learn more about how to elevate your space with lighting controls.

Key Takeaways

  • Creating a lighting plan involves several key steps that can transform the atmosphere, enhance wellbeing, and influence behaviors.
  • Investing in a carefully crafted lighting plan is worthwhile.
  • The article provides insights into the five key steps to create an effective lighting plan.

Every plan is different, and creating a top-quality lighting scheme requires considering multiple factors carefully.  Our dedicated design team is ready to collaborate with you to craft the best lighting plans, tailored to your style and specific needs.

Contact the Lightmaster team today: [email protected]

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