Lighting designers understand the role lighting plays technically, environmentally, and psychologically.  A professional lighting designer brings a wealth of technical knowledge and an artistic talent to the table. 

A lighting designer:

  1. Meets the needs of the people who use the space.

  2. Selects cost-effective and energy-efficient products most appropriate for the project.

  3. Creates an innovative lighting solution that achieves the perfect balance of function and aesthetics.

  4. Solves the unique lighting challenges of a wide range of environments.

  5. Strengthens and enhances any space through creative, yet functional, lighting plans.

When do you hire a lighting designer?  In order to achieve the highest level of success, the lighting designer must be a part of the initial development phases of the project.  The programming and schematic design phases are most crucial as they define the “design concept” by creating an understanding of space functions, users, design goals, and lighting criteria. 

Lighting  is a discipline that requires the integration of art, science, and business.  Its implications go far beyond the obvious elements of visibility and lighting levels.  It’s through an understanding of how light shapes and modifies people and objects as well as experience and knowledge of equipment and systems that a lighting designer can help strengthen the over-all design with a solution that blends balance of function and aesthetics.   These value-added services can make or break the success of a project. 


High-Benefit lighting pays from the bottom line.

Equipment,  operation, people, and aesthetics all have a cost associated with them, which in many instances can be reduced with the assistance of a lighting designer.  Savings can, in fact, be realized in all areas of lighting design. 

A good lighting designer can accomplish creative goals while maximizing system efficiency giving the client the greatest impact for their dollar.  This high efficiency goal is achieved through a careful  design process that streamlines

  1. equipment installation

  2. operation

  3. maintenance costs

while maximizing the capabilities of the design in order to eliminate

  1. over-lighting

  2. excess labor

  3. unnecessary equipment.

When trying to complete a project on time and within budget, a qualified and talented lighting designer is one of your greatest allies.

How does one create high-benefit lighting?  It’s important to understand three fundamental principals.

  1. Light is for people

Lighting systems are created so people can see better, experience an environment, and perform their tasks better.  That task may include office work, manufacturing, teaching, shopping, providing security, or dining. 

  1. Not all light is the same.

It’s the quality not the quantity of light that really counts.  If a lighting system is not designed specifically for the tasks involved and those performing them, the results can be costly.

  1. The cost of operation is only one component of a high-benefit lighting system.

The big dollar elements include increased productivity, error reduction, improved safety, better security, increased sales, enhanced image, and better curb appeal to name just a few.  The value of benefits like these can often exceed the utility cost of the lighting in any given year.


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