You may think we are biased, but, after architecture, lighting is probably the second most important factor changing how a space looks and feels. Poor lighting can make an area very dull and flat, whereas good lighting creates an area which can be warm, cosy, practical and striking or even a mixture of all of them!
There are many ways to create an excellent lighting design. It should integrate smoothly with the interiors and architecture so that it highlights those features instead of working against them. To help us understand and get the best outcome for your project, how you intend to use a space, the interior design and architecture are all key to us understanding working with you to get the best outcome. Our approach varies project to project but during discussions with you we would review your plans and your ideas for your space before suggesting the best way forward.
We have worked on a range of projects in the residential and commercial sector working with a range of styles and spaces. We make sure each one is designed to your requirements to offer the best mix of control, practicality and design.
We've put the general stages of a project below as a rough guide to the process.
Initial talks and meeting
The earlier we can start talking with you the better. It allows us to talk through the options available to you, perhaps ones which you didn't know about or have been overlooked. It gives us a good idea of the general direction and timescales of the project, while answering your initial questions such as how we work and interface with the other members of the design team and trades etc. We would also talk through the architectural space, the interiors and the general process from start to finish.
After this initial conversation we would have a meeting to discuss your project. This is when we would gather as much information from you about the design and architecture, as well as how you envisage using the space; giving us a much clearer picture of what you are trying to achieve. You would leave this meeting with a much clearer understanding of what the general lighting design will be as well as the light fittings available.
Initial Costings and Concepts
After the initial meeting we will work on a draft design to develop possible lighting concepts, provide rough costings and discuss the options available. As we are not tied to any one company's products we can (and do) source from a wide range of manufacturers to find the fitting which best suits the design it is being used within. It also allows us to have options to suit all applications and budgets.
At this stage clients are able to highlight areas to focus on, and also allow us to work together to make decisions, such as whether to use a control system, controllable blinds/curtains and which lighting concepts to put in place. It is much easier to tweak the design concepts at this stage than further down the track when wiring is already completed.
Design and Site handover
Concepts and costings are all confirmed to produce detailed designs, and all the information required by the site team to put cables in place and start first fix. After confirming, we would directly discuss with the site team and provide information on the fittings used and, if required, the control system. It gives us a good chance to meet the site team, help alleviate any concerns and give them a contact for any queries that may arise throughout the building process. We also compare the lighting design against reality to ensure it is as expected.
Final Design check & fitting/control approval
Although this is generally done with the site handover, things can and do change onsite. This check during and after first fix, ensures the cables positioned will work with the fittings we are providing, and any lighting/curtain control equipment has been positioned and wired as needed. It also gives us another chance to work through any changes/alterations that may come up throughout the build process and answer any questions the site team or the client may have.
Handover and after care
Once the fittings are installed we would do a final visit to ensure the client is happy. Depending on whether there is a control system, we commission and run through the lighting and/or curtain/blind control with the client. The software (once set up) allows for simple scene changes, however we are always happy to change or add further programming at a later date if required. Following this walk around 'sign off' we produce an 'as built' final set of plans and information. Although the equipment we use is very reliable and high quality, overtime equipment may fail. If this does happen we provide both remote and onsite support to ensure the matter gets resolved promptly.