A Guide To Lighting Design

Aug 20, 2020 | Design

In this guide to lighting design we will show you some of the pitfalls that happen often when a lighting specialist isn’t used on the project.  There isn’t much that the Lightmaster team doesn’t know about lighting design, and we love to share that knowledge and guide you through your projects. Lighting should be a complementary feature in any room, highlighting its assets while disguising its negative points. Yet, all-too-often, homeowners and commercial clients end up with lighting that fails to achieve these goals. In the worst cases, not only will poorly chosen and inappropriately applied lighting look bad but it can also cost more money to run.

So, how can you avoid lighting errors in your home or business property? Read on to discover our expert’s guide to the do’s and don’ts of lighting design.

Avoiding Overkill

One mistake that contractors often make when allowed to design lighting themselves is overdoing the number of lights in any one space. This isn’t just expensive but it also produces too much light leading to overkill in the room. Not only do you find that you’re paying for more fittings but you’ll also be paying more over time on your energy bills. Any lighting expert will tell you that often, less is more, and you probably don’t need as many lights as you think you do, especially when it comes to downlights.

Matching Lamps

Not only do you need to take care how many lights you’re installing, you also need to ensure all the lamps you’re using are the same type, CRI and colour temperature. If you’re using halogen lamps in some fittings and LEDs in others, you’re going to notice the difference. It’s a simple thing to correct so pay attention!

LED Tape

LED tape is very popular these days, but it can be a challenge to fit correctly. Determining the power supply and voltage needed, and finding out whether it’s IP rated can be a major challenge. It’s, therefore, always best to ask a professional who can give you expert advice about which type of tape to use in each location.

Getting The Light Right

Lighting couldn’t be more important, particularly in areas where being able to see clearly is essential. In kitchens, pendant lamps work especially well, while spotlights and asymmetric downlights are ideal for picture lighting. On the other hand, if you’re using lighting for retail purposes, you need light that can bring out the colour in your products. To do this successfully, you need to pay attention to CRI (the colour rendering index). If you get the CRI right, you can make your items really stand out and look vibrant. An expert can help you with this.

How Can Lighting Design Improve Functionality And Appearance?

The key thing about lighting design is that it can improve functionality in your space. Lighting designers work closely with customers so they can find out as much as possible about how spaces are used. This allows them to light them to their best advantage.

Lighting designers don’t just focus solely on the lighting aspect of interior design. They remain conscious of all of a project’s other elements. This means that they spot potential flaws and less aesthetic elements in a space and use lighting carefully to disguise those issues while still highlighting the important features.

While style remains central to any lighting design project, it’s important to fit within a client’s budget too. This is why having access to an impressive range of lighting that spans across every price bracket is so important. Lightmaster specialise in this, offering both standard and designer fittings that look great and won’t break the bank.

How Can Lightmaster Help You To Create The Ultimate Lighting Design?

Lightmaster is proud to help you with all aspects of lighting design on your project. Whether you’re creating beautiful lighting for your home or for your commercial premises, we’ll work closely with you to determine your needs and requirements before offering our suggestions.

Your first point of contact will be one of our friendly sales consultants who will assess what you’re looking for and your available budget before drawing up a fee. The project will then be passed onto a lighting designer who will create their own concept design to match your initial brief. Meanwhile, the technical team begins work on your project’s control elements. Once this stage has been completed, you’ll receive detailing wiring schematics and drawings that your electricians can work with, although your designer is always on hand to give on-site or telephone assistance whenever necessary.

For smaller projects with basic designs, Lightmaster’s sales consultants may be able to tackle the project themselves, charging a fee per hour for their time. They’ll create a drawing with the fitting positions marked in place together with a presenter of the fittings we can supply. In cases where no design element is needed, our consultants are able to suggest then supply the most appropriate light fittings to suit the needs of your project. Since this process is quick, we don’t charge an hourly rate. Rather, we’ll just present you with fittings and give you a quote if you opt to go ahead with our suggestions.

Whether you opt for our basic level of service or a full design concept you don’t need to buy the fittings through Lightmaster. You can choose to buy from any other company that you wish, although when it comes to a full lighting design you may need to bear in mind the effect that swapping fittings may produce.

Our design team have decades of experience between them of working on lighting designs, and therefore they choose their fittings very carefully. If you opt for a poorer quality fitting, the chances are that the effect that the designer was attempting to create will be changed. This is particularly likely with the LEDs that are chosen for your project since all of the fittings we use are fully tested and are compliant with the most up-to-date building regulations. They are also consistent with beam angles and colour temperatures across the board. If you opt for cheaper fittings, you can’t be sure of those quality assurances and this could mean your light levels vary in your space.

As you can see, lighting design is key to making your space both functional and beautiful.  We hope this guide to ligting design provided a good opening summary to the subject.  To discuss your requirements further, you can call Lightmaster’s offices on 01608 682 115 today to book your free consultation, or why not drop us an email at [email protected]. We’re looking forward to working with you.

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