Lighting design vs lighting supply

There are a number of differences between lighting design and lighting supply, and it is helpful to understand how they vary from one another.

A lighting designer is similar to the architect’s or interior designer’s role within the project, in creating a beautiful space for the client. To ensure this is carried out correctly they will put together lighting plans, detailed drawings, and fittings schedules, working as part of the design team for the project. Whereas lighting supply is the process of ordering all of the lighting, controls, and accessories. Part of this will involve the coordination of ordering from lots of different suppliers.

A well-executed lighting supply will also ensure everything required for the scheme is delivered to the site at the right times for wiring and installation.

While you may find some individuals or companies who can offer both lighting supply and lighting design, it is most likely that you will require these to operate as two separate elements of your project. A well-managed lighting supply company will be able to support clients who have potentially not used a lighting designer, by ensuring they have the right light fittings and accessories supplied and that they are all compatible. To help, we’ve produced a guide on sourcing your lights.

Both lighting design and lighting supply are very important to ensure the best results for your projects, so be sure to look for the right partners to help you with the lighting of your project.

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