Project Planning

Who is responsible for the lighting on a project?

While this may seem like a simple question, the answer is fairly complex.

This is because there are different stages of delivering the lighting for a project, and within each of those stages, there are a number of options you could look to.

Firstly, you need to determine who is responsible for choosing the lights. This could be your architect, interior designer, contractor, or lighting designer. While they will all have their own merits, a lighting designer will be the most highly specialised both in bringing the expertise in creating a lighting scheme for the space and providing all of the technical information on the products specified. You will need to consider who is choosing the decorative lighting as well as the architectural lighting, as decorative lighting is a subjective choice but needs to be planned out early in the project.

Secondly, you need to consider who is responsible for supplying the lights. It is at this stage that managed lighting supply companies, offer a number of benefits such as being one point of contact for lighting supply, coordinating deliveries, and providing quality technical support for clients and installers.

Next, ascertain who will be installing the lighting. While this is generally the contractor, you may need to appoint someone with specialist skills if you are looking at lighting in bespoke joinery, or lighting in specific areas such as gardens, pools, and cinema rooms.

Finally, you must decide who will be responsible if/when things are lost on-site or go wrong. You will need to identify someone or a team that is accountable for the whereabouts of items and outlines the process that will be followed if there are any hiccups or issues.

Sometimes it is worth holding items offsite for sections of the job to ensure they are stored securely. Delivering lights to the site too early can cause problems as fittings can get lost or be damaged.

With four stages to consider, it is not as simple as just identifying an individual who is responsible for the lighting. Mapping out in advance who will assume the required roles and responsibilities for each element of the lighting will lead to the smooth running of a project, as well as minimising delays.

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