Project Planning

Do I need a lighting designer?

Lighting has enjoyed an increased profile of late, with more people recognising its benefits and importance.

This has led to an uptick in the number of projects where lighting designers are appointed, which we feel is a positive movement. If you’re still unclear about the need for a lighting designer, then considering the benefits of what they can offer will hopefully help with the decision-making process.

Lighting designers bring a unique set of skills to a project team. They have the expertise to combine exquisite, creative design with technical knowledge, alongside the ability to visualise the completed project and how lighting can enhance your space.

While you may already have an architect, interior designer, and electrical contractor, it is important not to underestimate the specialist skillset that a lighting designer holds. After all, you wouldn’t ask your interior designer to deliver architectural drawings, or your contractor to make decisions on colour schemes and patterns. Each is an expert in their own right, and a lighting designer is no exception to this.

A contractor’s ability to ensure the lighting is fitted correctly, in the right place, and safely is vital, but that doesn’t mean they will have the vision that a lighting designer can bring. Similarly, architects have technical capabilities that ensure your vision of how the space will look structurally is realised. But they will not always have the experience in bringing the space to life or making it warm and inviting, or suitable for your needs.

Lighting designers are an integral part of the project team. They can use their lighting design expertise to create a scheme that delivers on many different levels. This could be ensuring you have the right lighting for tasks such as cooking or working, while also looking at how areas of the interior design can become a feature, drawing attention to areas such as artwork or unusual features within a space.

Lighting designers will also see areas that need illuminating that you hadn’t considered. While working with the shadow is important, and you don’t want everywhere illuminated incredibly brightly, you equally don’t want to end up with a dark spot that renders that space unusable. Retrofitting lighting can of course be done, but it is costly and time-consuming. Working with a lighting designer means every aspect of the scheme is considered and planned long before any wiring begins, and certainly well before ceilings have been closed up and plastered.

These are just some of the benefits of using a lighting designer for your future projects. Hopefully, we have provided plenty of reasons to help you decide if you need a lighting designer.

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