When decorating a home or giving a property a makeover, there are many elements to consider. However, one that should never be overlooked is lighting design. Many people fail to realise the importance of professional lighting design and often ask why it’s necessary. After all, electricians and architects should be able to create suitable lighting effects for a home, shouldn’t they?
Although it is technically possible to use your architect or electrician’s services to design your lighting scheme for your home, it’s important to realise the limitations that come with choosing this option. Usually, electricians will simply create a downlight grid, or place a single central pendant in the room. Architects, on the other hand, have a better understanding of the way in which natural light works in a space but, when it comes to making the most of artificial lighting, they will almost always advise using professional lighting designers.
This is because a professional lighting design team has the necessary expertise and knowledge of how to make the most of any space by harnessing the power of both natural and artificial light. Here at Lightmaster, we’re proud of our in-depth understanding of lighting and how it can best be used to create different effects and to achieve different goals, and we put our skills and experience to good use when creating beautiful and effective lighting schemes for all kinds of clients and their properties.
Do I Really Need A Lighting Design?
The answer to this question will really depend on the project that you’re tackling. For a very small-scale project, such as a small cloakroom or box room, it’s likely you won’t require the services of a professional lighting designer. However, when it comes to getting the most of your dining room, kitchen, or living area lighting, getting a professional involved is certainly going to make an enormous difference to the appearance of your space and also how functional it will be when in use.
For example, a lighting designer can ensure that your space affords maximum light on any work surfaces while allowing for lower level lighting for ambience and a relaxing effect when entertaining. They will also be able to incorporate control systems that allow different effects to be created in each area and even to highlight key pieces of art or architectural features within the space for a more interesting and aesthetically pleasing home.
How Can Lightmaster Help?
Here at Lightmaster, our combined experience in the industry adds up to more than a century, so you can rest assured that we know what we’re talking about when it comes to lighting design. We’re proud to have worked on numerous award-winning commercial and residential projects as well as on historical buildings, and our design team understands how important it is to get the lighting right in all kinds of space. That’s why we always work closely with our clients on a one-to-one level to ensure we understand how you live and work in your rooms before creating a lighting design to accommodate those needs.
Our Lighting Design Stages
When you choose Lightmaster as your lighting design team, we’ll go through each of our design stages with you so that you know what to expect from your project.
First, we will design your lighting concept. Your designer will work with you to learn as much as possible about your project and how you want to use your space, so they can determine the light levels in different zones. They create a set of drawings based on these meetings to detail the light fittings to be used and the positions they are to be placed in along with a cost estimate.
Next, our technical team takes the drawings created by the lighting designer and plans which drivers would be most efficient and where they should be located.
Following on from this step, controlling your lights becomes the focus. Your designer will work with you to determine how you wish to control your lighting – whether dimmer switches or simple on/off switches will suffice, or whether a control system like the Dynalite would be a better option for you. Once you’ve made your decision, your technical manager will create a wiring schematic which will aid your electrician in the process of installation.
Finally, after you’ve agreed on your lighting design plan, the designer finalises the drawings and raises a Sales Order for all products used.
The Lightmaster Difference
Although we have competitors, we’re proud to say that here at Lightmaster we can offer something that our rivals do not – an After Design Service. You can opt to add one of these packages onto your purchase.
Our Silver package is an intermediate support level which is ideal for projects in which only a few variations will occur. Your products will be guaranteed for two years after the date of installation, and you’ll receive communication and project monitoring with your installer about all the technical elements of your project from the initial fix to the completion. Your deliveries will arrive boxed per floor and goods will be scheduled to be dispatched to your property only when required to minimise the chance of damage on site. You’ll also benefit from technical phone support in working hours.
Our Gold package is designed to give you complete peace of mind. It includes full site support from the initial fix to the final sign off of the installation. All of the Silver package elements are included along with full explanation and training of all installation and design recommendations to relevant on site personnel. This package also includes a comprehensive fulfilment service, monitoring and auditing variations regarding final design deviation, as fitted documents, technical equipment specifications, a signed-off completion certificate, four hours of site visits per year and a five-year warranty on the lighting system from the date of installation.
We believe that our exemplary customer support, attention to detail and outstanding technical knowledge sets us apart from our competitors, and we’re proud to be your number one choice for lighting design for every room of your home.