Residential Lighting Design Services
We turn clients aspirations into reality
We provide a full residential lighting design for any size flat or house, large and small. We meet all our clients in our stunning showroom in Stockport to demonstrate some of the latest innovative lighting solutions and to discuss the client’s project. After meeting with the client and learning more about the residential project that they had in mind, our team will work hard to produce a full lighting design plan, extensive presentation, specification documents and loading schedules to help all on site and to create a vision for the client.
Throughout the project, we will supply products from Manufacturers from all over the world to clients meaning we can cater for all styles and tastes and we are always on hand to offer advice and consultation when needed.
Full Lighting Design Service
ANY SIZE FLAT OR HOUSE
We provide a full residential lighting design for any size flat or house, large and small. We meet all our clients in our stunning showroom in Stockport to demonstrate some of the latest innovative lighting solutions and to discuss the client’s project.
After meeting with the client and learning more about the residential project that they had in mind, our team will work hard to produce a full lighting design plan, extensive presentation, specification documents and loading schedules to help all on site and to create a vision for the client.
Throughout the project, we will supply products from Manufacturers from all over the world to clients meaning we can cater for all styles and tastes and we are always on hand to offer advice and consultation when needed.
One Room Lighting Design
NO PROJECT IS TOO BIG OR SMALL FOR US.
Whether you receive a full lighting design service or just a design for one room or area you will still receive the same excellent service including a full lighting design plan, extensive presentation, specification documents and loading schedules to help all on site and to create a vision for the client.
Consultation and design schemes can start from as little as £150 allowing you create a beautiful vision in your home for less. We will design your space with you in mind choosing the most innovative and fascinating products and our large range of manufacturers and product ranges allow us to cater for any budget.
Express Design Service
Asco Light provides an Express Lighting Design Service to quickly help you achieve your dream lighting design if you do not have the need or time for a full design consultation and service from us. It is also an ideal solution for projects which are smaller, projects that already have an initial design in place, or the client is particularly pro-active when it comes to their ideas.
We will carefully consider and account for your desired project outcome and your budget and we will find the perfect products and lighting solutions for you and also make the changes that may be required and inform you how your initial ideas can be improved.
Naturally, we will ensure the overall aesthetic is achieved, as well as ensuring that the light levels are balanced, fittings are placed and installed correctly, suitable task lighting is considered and that you have the required lighting controls.
After our initial meeting to discuss your design plans, notes will be taken and provided for your reference. These will include marked up plans with ideas of where fittings and circuiting will be placed, along with the positioning of control plates. If you are happy to continue, we will complete further work in the office. This may include additional notes on design plans, budget estimate, recommendations for sourcing the best lighting fixtures as well as product specification sheets.
You will provide a set of plans, which will ideally include details of elevations, mood boards and any inspirational images. The estate agents floor plans or a hand marked sketch are also suitable.
We can offer this service at a very affordable cost of £300 plus VAT
Please contact one of our Lighting Design Consultants who can discuss your project in more detail.
Low cost LED lighting – the most cost effective way to make drastic savings on your energy bill
- Save up to 90% on your lighting energy bill
- Typically a 25% annual return on investment
- “Fit and forget” – 25x longer life span than incandescents
- Directional light – pay only for the light you use
Good quality LEDs will be among the most energy-efficient lighting products available and will have a long lifetime. This represents cost savings to consumers and reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Lighting accounts for 20–30% of all the energy consumed in a typical household. Fortunately, this kind of waste is easy to detect and cheap to fix. In terms of opportunity to save money, there is no lower-hanging fruit.
LEDs, or light–emitting diodes, are semiconductor devices that produce visible light when an electrical current is passed through them. They’ve existed for over 50 years but have only recently become the most practical lighting solution wih a long list of advantages. They’re instant-on, extremely efficient, last a very long time and over the past two years, as demand has risen and manufacturing has streamlined, their cost has plummeted. A very long lifespan leads to savings not only in energy use but also the cost of replacement bulbs.
Premium LEDs generally have a life expectancy of around 50,000 hrs. In a typical house where lighting is operated 8 hours per day this equates to 17 years. Installing LED lighting throughout a 4 bedroom house typically costs £3,120 including VAT. The homeowners will save around £700 a year on their electricity bill, for a cumulative profit of £12,000 over the lifetime of the bulbs. The payback time for the investment is just over four years, with an annual return on investment of 18%.
Here at Asco lights we deliver much more than simply a technical CAD layout, specification and loading schedule which in itself is hugely important in a project and because all of the technicalities are important in order for first fix lighting to commence at site level. Lighting design and recommending lighting solutions which fit the briefs of our clients is a challenging aspect to convey simply from a 2d drawing which is why our talented team produce inspiration and creative sketches, drawing and renders in order to clearly demonstrate the effect and emotion the lighting will bring within their space. Please have a look through some of the images below. Yet another reason why our designs stand out and why we engage with clients at a much more personal level. Our hand drawn sketches add a personal feel to the design.
Did you know that your life is strongly influenced by light? Think about how difficult it is to wake up on a cloudy morning, but when the day starts out sunny, you may have no trouble getting out of bed. This is because light functions as the primary cue that influences our circadian rhythm, which sets a meticulous biological schedule for our body and mind.
Recently, brightly colored LEDs (light-emitting diodes) have begun popping up more prominently in various locations, from offices and stores to airplane cabins, along with places where comfort is key, such as hotels and spas. How is this growing LED presence changing the light spectrum of our lives?
Light and Wellbeing
Light is the ultimate sustainer of life on earth and the complex mechanisms that evolved in nature to capture the energy from light provide an inspiration as we seek to harness light more efficiently for our own purposes. Light influences our health and well-being in other less fundamental ways, both good and bad. Exposure of our skin to sunlight is needed for the synthesis of vitamin D, but overexposure to ultraviolet light leads to skin cancer. Mood and behaviour are strongly affected by light, with prolonged darkness or dull weather leading to lassitude and depression. The right to light is encoded in urban building regulations, yet light is also seen as a form of pollution, disruptive to nocturnal wildlife, disturbing to sleep and hiding the beauty of the stars from our eyes.
This modern ambivalence to light contrasts to its overwhelming association with good in the history of Western thought. A varied programme of activities proposed within this subtheme will seek to address a number of important issues: can we validate the proposed health issues both for children and adults posed by current and future building lighting plans? Is it possible to strike the right balance between the environment, economics and health and wellbeing? Are we able to control mood and wellbeing by manipulating light, colour, reflection and aesthetics (exploiting the pleasure of light) through physics, architecture and engineering? Can we manipulate light to improve the wellbeing of visually impaired individuals? Why is light so important to life? How do animals sense, use and rely on light sensing to shape their life cycles?
We need good quality light in order to see well. But light has a much more far-reaching significance. Without our being aware of it, daylight controls many biological processes in our bodies and therefore our internal clock. Light also dictates whether we are active or tired, whether we can concentrate or not and whether we feel good or not. Biological rhythms dictate when we wake up, when we become tired and when we fall asleep; they even have an effect on our body temperature and much more. The control center for our internal clock is in our brain and is heavily influenced by light. Although our “circadian rhythm” is basically determined by our genetic makeup, our internal clock has to be resynchronised by daylight each and every day. Without light as the prime regulator our internal clock soon goes out of sync. As a result we may suffer from sleep disorders, chronic fatigue and in the worst case depression.
Circadian rhythm, hormone secretion: There are two hormones in humans that are responsible for signaling in the circadian rhythm: melatonin, which is released in the evening when it gets darker and which promotes sleep, and cortisol, which is the counterpart of melatonin and an indicator of the level of human activity.
Light not only influences our rhythms it also stimulates the response centers in our brains. It acts on these response centers through a third photoreceptor in the human eye which was discovered only a few years ago.
The effect of light of natural daylight quality with a high blue component is much stronger than light from an incandescent lamp with its high red component.
Studies have shown that reaction times can be improved by increasing the blue component in light. This means that we feel more productive in better daylight and we are more able to concentrate. Light also causes serotonin to be produced, a neurotransmitter known as the “happy hormone” because it is a contributor to feelings of well-being and happiness.
Light that is inspired by natural daylight is not just brighter it also stimulates us. The cognitive centers in the brain and the control center for our internal clock are more sensitive to light with a pronounced blue component, so this light makes us more alert, more attentive and more able to concentrate on our work during the day.
And our recovery during the night does not suffer as a result – quite the opposite. Biologically effective light during the day increases secretions of the melatonin hormone during the night. Melatonin is the body’s own signal for darkness and promotes sleep. Appropriate light during the day stabilizes the circadian cycle, helping us to be active during the day and sleep better during the night. The consequences are obvious – more restful nights as the body needs less time to get to sleep and goes into deeper sleep. People who get a good night’s sleep are capable of better performance at work during the day.
Artificial daylight (spectrum and dynamics) at the workplace therefore has a two-fold positive effect on performance and well-being. Modern light – developed on the basis of recent scientific findings – can make work more pleasurable and more successful.
Good light has to be designed correctly
The biological effect is greatest when light comes from a light source with a large surface area and from above. Indirect
lighting in which light is reflected from a large bright surface such as a white wall therefore has a stronger impact than the concentrated light from a spotlight that illuminates only a small area.
This is because the photoreceptors in the eye are distributed evenly over the retina.
The signal to the control center in the brain – and therefore the biological effect – is greatest when as many photoreceptors as possible are stimulated simultaneously. Such a full-scale impact on the retina can only come from a correspondingly large area in our field of vision.
Biological effect of light on the human eye:
The activating effect of light depends not only
on the light color but also on the size of the light source
(e. g. indirect lighting) and the correct angle of incidence
of the light beam in the eye.
Reference: osram, “application brochure light and quality of life”
LED & Energy Saving
What is a LED?
Originally used in electronic products, a LED is a semiconductor device (diode) capable of emitting light when an electric current is passed through it. Unlike incandescent bulbs, where only 5 % of the energy used is to produce light and the balance is wasted in heat, LEDs use energy more efficiently.
There are two basic types of LEDs. First, low-brightness LEDs, or 5-millimetre LEDs as an example, are seen in electronic devices and holiday lights. The second type is high-brightness LEDs, which are more appropriate for general lighting products.
The light produced by an individual LED is directional and focused. Using arrays or groups of LEDs, as well as lenses or optics, a LED lighting product can provide light over a larger area, for either ambient or task functions.
LEDs are sold in two formats: as “replacement” bulbs for your existing fixtures or as fixtures with integrated LED light sources. The integrated option is the more efficient because the fixture is designed specifically to effectively distribute the light output of the LED light source.
The design of LED lighting fixtures is critical to good performance, because it takes into account various thermal and electrical conditions. This fact sheet is designed to provide you with information about LED technology so you can make informed buying decisions. As with any new product, there are variations in product quality and effectiveness, so look for the ENERGY STAR® symbol. It identifies products that meet or exceed high energy efficiency levels without compromising performance.
Advantages of LEDs
- low profile and compact size makes them ideal for space-constricted applications
- resistance to breakage and vibrations makes them more durable
- good performance in cold temperatures
- lifetime unaffected by turning them on and off frequently
- do not require any warm-up time (instant on)
- produce coloured light without using filters (which diminish light output)
- do not contain mercury or lead
- have a long lifetime
- do not produce intense heat, as with an incandescent source, making them safer to the touch
Limitations of LEDs
As an evolving technology, LEDs still require improvement. Their performance is affected by how efficiently they dissipate the heat produced and how well their light intensity is maintained over time.
The cost of LEDs is still high, although prices in some applications are becoming more competitive with other light sources.
As research advances, more LEDs will be available at more reasonable prices. LED lighting is application specific and is not always suited for every application, but this will change as technology evolves.
- Beware of products sold at exhibitions or fairs, or even on Web sites.
- Look for a warranty of at least three years.
- Be sure of the seller’s credibility to support the warranty and exchanges or returns.
New industry standards, test procedures and ENERGY STAR criteria have been developed to better evaluate and compare this technology with other light sources.
The energy cost of operating LEDs is a fraction of the cost of conventional fixtures. LEDs have the potential to make a significant dent in the electricity consumed by lighting in your home over their longer lifetime.
ENERGY STAR qualified LED products
More and more, LEDs are available for residential applications, such as desktop or direct lighting, under-cabinet lighting, recessed downlights, display lighting and outdoor lighting.
Look for residential light fixtures and, very soon, LED bulbs that are ENERGY STAR qualified. They meet high performance criteria: they must equal the brightness of other light fixtures, distribute light well, maintain consistent light output over their rated lifetimes and have excellent colour quality. Their efficacy must be equal to, or better than, fluorescent lighting.
Every time you use an ENERGY STAR qualified product, you save energy, money and GHGs
Lifetime of LEDs
At the moment, white-light LED lighting products, with proper design and use, can last at least 25 000 hours (or 22 years based on average household use). Their useful life comes to an end when they are emitting only 70 % of their initial light output. The table below compares the average lifetimes of various bulb types with LEDs.
|Light source||Lifetime (hours)|
|Halogen||2,500 – 5,000|
|CFLs||8,000 – 10,000|
Energy efficiency and LEDs
Most of the energy that LEDs consume is used to produce visible light, rather than heat. LEDs emit little infrared and ultraviolet radiation and can consume substantially less electricity than other light sources. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the best warm white LED lighting products can produce 27–54 lumens per watt (lm/W), and cool white LED lighting products can produce 60–92lm/W, compared with 10–18 lm/W for incandescent bulbs and 35–60 lm/W for CFLs. However, low-quality LED lighting products that are not designed properly may be no more efficient than incandescent bulbs.
Learn with us
OUR LINKS TO UNIVERSITIES
Asco Lights has a very strong strategic alliance with many local universities and colleges working in partnership with courses such as Architecture, Interior Design, and Product Design.
We regularly provide students and graduates with work experience to further them in their careers. We have worked with various different Universities and organisations including the University of Bolton, University of Salford, University of Central Lancashire, and organisations such as the European Training Services and Unite with Business from University of Lancaster.
Here at Asco lights, not only do we provide an excellent design service, lighting consultancy and supply, We also write for a number of Lighting and Interiors publications both online and in magazines. Articles cover Design, the technical side of lighting and even the emotional side of lighting. We have written articles and also interview with our managing director, Ajay Vasdev, for many publications including Lighting and Interiors Online, Lighting Insight, Inside CI and Total Lighting Magazine.
Lighting can make the difference between seeing and not seeing for older adults with deteriorating vision. Lighting designers can improve the quality of life of older adults by understanding how lighting compensates for the changes that commonly occur in aging eyes.
What can I do to make lighting more effective for older adults?
- Increase ambient light levels – Less light reaches the retina of the older eye. The light levels in living environments used by older adults should be increased by at least 50% over those comfortable for younger people. In general, ambient light levels should be at least 300 lux (lx).
- Increase task area light levels – At least three times more light will be required in task areas to see fine details (e.g., reading prescriptions) or low contrast objects (e.g., black thread on blue cloth).
- Minimise glare – Although more light is required for the older eye to see well, care should be taken to avoid glare.
- Glare is experienced when light sources or bright reflections in the field of view impair vision, or are simply uncomfortable.
- Increase contrast – Because contrast sensitivity is reduced with age, the visibility of important objects, such as stair edges, curbs, ramps, or doorways, can be greatly improved by increasing their contrast with paint or similar techniques.
- Balance illuminance levels – Because the older visual system cannot completely adapt to dim conditions, illuminance levels in transitional spaces, such as hallways and entrance foyers, should be balanced with those of the adjacent spaces.
- Improve color perception – Color discrimination is poorer for older adults. High illuminance levels and high-quality fluorescent lamps, rather than conventional incandescent lamps, will help older adults to see colors well.
How do I apply these lighting principles in a home?
- Provide general or ambient light throughout the room to eliminate dark areas and allow for good visibility for people to move around the space. Keep brightness levels within a room and adjacent spaces about the same.
- Use light-color finishes on walls, ceilings, and floors to increase diffuse, interreflected light in the living environment.
- This will increase uniformity and reduce glare. Use dark baseboards to help define walls and floors.
- Keep room finishes simple, and avoid complex decorative patterns to minimize confusion with objects on floors and furnishings.
- Identify where visual tasks will be performed, and put extra light at those places. More light is needed to see details, such as reading or sewing. Use adjustable light fixtures (luminaires) to increase light levels in these areas.
- Use switches and dimmers to help people adjust the light level for their task needs.
- Shield direct views of light bulbs (lamps) by using architectural features, such as valances, soffits, and coves, or by choosing luminaries that use baffles, lenses, or louvers.
- Avoid clear-glass luminaries.
- Avoid reflections of light sources from shiny surfaces, such as floors and countertops, by changing the position of the light source relative to the usual line of sight or by using matte finishes.
- Daylight through windows and skylights will increase light levels in the space and improve color discrimination. Use blinds, shades, or curtains to minimize glare from windows.
- Use high contrast colors at salient points, such as steps, ramps, or doorways. Also, use high contrast colors between floor covering on stairs and the floor at the bottom of the stairs. Paint doorframes a dark color to contrast with white walls and thereby improve their visibility.
- Create intermediate illuminance levels in transitional spaces that lead from bright, outdoor areas, to dim, indoor spaces. At night, transition spaces between the relatively bright indoor spaces to the dark night enable older adults to adapt more completely as they move around the different spaces.
How do I select and install luminaries?
- Luminaries, or light fixtures, fall into six categories: recessed, ceiling-mounted, suspended, architectural, wall-mounted, and plug-in.
- Recessed luminaires direct light downward or toward a wall.
- The light distribution pattern can be narrow or broad, intense or diffuse, and provide ambient light, wall washing, or accent lighting.
- Select a deeply-recessed downlight (cutoff angle between 40° and 50° from horizontal) so the light source cannot be seen from normal lines of sight.
- Select downlights with halogen PAR incandescent lamps when accent or task lighting is desired (e.g., light above the kitchen sink). They are available in a variety of beam angles. Aim them properly to minimize direct glare. See table on p. 8 (Some Tips for Choosing a Light Source).
- Use optical media, such as baffles, louvers, prismatic lenses, or diffusers to shield direct view of the lamp.
If possible, use a matte finish inside the luminaire to eliminate seeing mirror images of the lamp.
- Do not place recessed luminaires on dark ceilings, because it will make the luminaire appear brighter and cause more glare.
- Place recessed downlight luminaries to the side and slightly in front of the position where a person stands to see the task.
- Install adjustable recessed downlight luminaires 2 ft from the wall to avoid harsh scallops on the wall.
- Ceiling-mounted luminaries attach directly to the ceiling or to a ceiling track.
- Never use clear globes or thin diffusers, because they will cause glare.
- Use ceiling-mounted luminaires to provide ambient lighting, not task lighting. Supplement ambient lighting with plug-in luminaires near the task area.
- As with recessed luminaires, do not place a ceilingmounted luminaire on a dark ceiling.
- A person’s line of sight is usually straight ahead or downward. To minimize glare for these typical lines of sight, be sure a ceiling mounted luminaire is placed at least 6 ft, 8 in. above the floor.
- Suspended luminaries hang from the ceiling by a rod, cord, or chain and include suspended downlights, uplights, uplights/downlights, ceiling fans, and chandeliers. Suspended luminaries are used for task lights, ambient lighting, or decoration.
- The lamps in suspended luminaires used for task or ambient lighting should be shielded from direct view to reduce glare. Select a diffuser/reflector that is opaque or only slightly translucent.
- A decorative chandelier mounted above a table should be 12 in. smaller in diameter than the smallest table dimension and located 2 ft, 6 in. above the table.
- A task light mounted above a table should be located approximately 24 in. above the table. For visually demanding tasks, either use a light source that produces more light, or mount the luminaire closer to (approximately 15 in. above) the surface. To avoid a bright spot on the ceiling from a suspended luminaire that provides some “up-lighting,” the luminaire should be mounted about 18 in. below the ceiling.
- Architectural luminaries are integrated into the structure and are usually mounted horizontally on the wall, ceilings, or on cabinet tops. In general, they are used with linear fluorescent lamps.
- Soffits provide light downward along the walls.
- Valances direct light upward and downward along the walls. Align the valance height with the top of doors and windows, typically 6 ft, 8 in.
- Cove lighting distributes light upward, and the ceiling serves as a diffuse reflector. Cove lighting distributes light evenly throughout the room.
- Place the top of the cove or valance at least 18 in. below the ceiling to avoid hot spots or excessive brightness on the ceiling.
- As with any luminaire, it is important to avoid direct views of the lamp in an architectural luminaire. I kitchens, for example, lampholders can be mounted on top of the cabinets and concealed from direct view with a trim board.
- Wall-mounted luminaries are mounted directly to a wall surface and are appropriate for rooms with low ceilings. They can provide direct, indirect, or diffuse lighting.
- Wall-mounted luminaires can be used to provide diffuse light in hallways, dining rooms, living rooms, and bedrooms.
Conceal the lamp with opaque or semi-translucent materials. Do not install bright wall-mounted luminaires against a dark color wall.
Mount wall-mounted luminaries so the lamp cannot be seen from above or below. Install the outlet box for the luminaire approximately 5 ft, 6 in. above the floor.
Choose wall-mounted luminaires that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In public spaces, such as corridors, the ADA limits the outward extension of a wall-mounted luminaire to 4 in. if it is mounted lower than 6 ft, 8 in. above the floor.
- Plug-in luminaires are portable fixtures that plug into an electrical outlet. They include table lamps, floor lamps, torchieres, desk lamps, undercabinet lighting, and nightlights. These luminaires offer flexibility to the resident because they can be moved when furniture is rearranged, and they can be positioned close to critical tasks, such as reading and sewing.
- Place adjustable desk lamps, floor lamps, or table lamps as close to the work area as possible to get the highest illuminance on the visual task. For seeing very fine details, use adjustable task lights with an integrated magnifying glass.
- Place the task light on the left side and slightly to the front if the person is right-handed. Place it to the right and slightly forward if the person is lefthanded. This will reduce shadows cast by hands on papers, cutting boards, or other task surfaces.
- Place the task light beside the task, not in front of it, to avoid reflected glare from shiny surfaces like polished wood or glossy magazines.
- When upper cabinets are used in the kitchen or at a desk, illuminate the work surface with thin undercabinet luminaires mounted on the underside of the upper cabinets. Mount the lamp as close to the front of the cabinet as possible, but make sure the light source is properly concealed to avoid glare from a seated position.
- For reading in bed, mount swing arm lamps above the head of the bed or to the side, below eye level.
Place floor lamps slightly behind a reading chair so light is delivered over the reader’s shoulder, close to the task.
How do I specify and install lighting controls?
Older adults will require higher light levels and may have more sensitivity to glare. Because older adults cannot completely adapt to dim conditions, lighting controls should be used in transitional spaces, such as hallways and foyers, to provide high light levels during the day and low light levels at night. Lighting controls should also be used to help older adults get up in the middle of the night safely.
- Provide a range of light levels in the space with a dimmer installed in the wall switch box.
- Select only dimmable compact fluorescent lamps when installing this type of lamp in a luminaire controlled by an incandescent lamp dimmer. Luminaires designed for compact fluorescent lamps or linear fluorescent lamps need special dimming ballasts and controls. Check with manufacturers for more information on fluorescent dimming.
- Install switches near room entrances and near the bed for easy access.
- Install light switches with toggles that glow in the dark.
- Use a motion sensor in the hallway that leads to the bathroom to automatically turn on a low-brightness luminaire.
Good lighting can be a key to independence!
Changing life style…this is a scary reality. No one looks forward to the time when performing simple tasks, such as reading the newspaper or putting together a jigsaw puzzle, becomes impossible. Even everyday tasks, such as cooking, cleaning, reading a prescription label, or choosing an outfit can become difficult or impossible to execute without good sight. Good lighting can help!
For many older adults, losing the ability to see well means losing independence.
Light is essential to sight. Sight is essential to independence. Our ability to see, and therefore remain independent in later years, is compromised by bad lighting.
And bad lighting surrounds us all, every day. Lighting touches each of us every day, and it can be used to make a positive difference in our lives.
Lighting control allow you to enhance the many spaces of your home and workplaces. A perfect way to control how much light you want whilst increasing efficiency and ease of use. Lighting control systems let you adjust the level of light to your moods and needs. Creating a bespoke lighting system for your space to boost comfort and convenience. Excellent for premium homes to add a real enhancement using latest technology to add dimension to any design.
Mood lighting is a brilliant way to create any variety of moods and looks to suit any event or occasion. With a click of a button it’s an incredibly effective way to create your own personal lighting for a workspace or home. Designed to complement your needs and adapt with you throughout the day, to meet all your needs.
LED has seen a massive growth within residential lighting schemes, so needs a control system to manage dimming lighting. LED controls can easily be dimmed without flickering for a smooth change in light. An excellently designed control system allows LEDs to be effortlessly changed from bright light to low light.
Energy efficiency is essential element of every home and business. Lighting can make up 10% of a home’s yearly electricity usage. By using dimmable lights within residential and commercial lighting systems it’s an easy and convenient way to reduce the amount of power used, whilst still enhancing the visual environment.
Coloured lighting can be a fun way to inject colour to your home or business. Lutron has a wide range of colours, styles and fabrics to coordinate with your project’s aesthetic. With options ranging from traditional to contemporary, there is a look that complements the designs of any space. Using colour can add interest and excitement to any design and create many exquisite looks.
Why lighting design works?
Regardless of whether you’re a residential home-owner or a commercial architect, interior designer or developer, the Asco Lights’ team has the skills, knowledge and expertise to create outstanding lighting design solutions. Let us add value with professional and dramatic project outcomes, delivered on time and on budget.
For over a decade Asco Lights has developed a reputation synonymous with style, flair, and truly remarkable one-off lighting designs. We’re completely in sync with our customers. And we create lighting design solutions for even the most complex of spaces. So high ceilings, small rooms, dark corners, old buildings… Leave it in our capable hands.
Explore Our Process
Our lighting designers can meet you on-site or at our showroom in Manchester or at our offices in London. We need to fully understand how your space will be used and whether you have an idea of the lighting systems you will need before we can develop a complete brief. Our lighting designers will draw from you what your lighting aspirations are then offer advice on fittings, lighting designs & building regulation compliance. Your initial meeting may also involve discussions about specific light fittings, bespoke lighting, lighting control and home automation, and a complete run through of the schedule and process involved. It is our role to offer you choice and clarity so you know exactly what will be happening, who will be involved and what part we will play in your development or refurbishment.
It is important for our lighting designers to understand the built environment they will be designing for; therefore, in most cases, we will arrange for a site visit where they will be able to take notes, photos and sketches of the space(s).
Lighting Design & Plans
The first designs that our lighting designers will produce for you will be two-dimensional plans of the lighting for your space(s) using AutoCAD. These will represent where your lighting should be placed and what will be involved in your new lighting system. On approval of these drawings we can, on your instruction, produce further visual representations of the lighting designs or proceed with the project.
We make sure that all our fittings comply with the Part L section of your building regulations and provide you with all the information you’ll need to give to your building control officer. Discussions on the subject of compliance will start in our very first meeting where we gather information from you or your architects and we are there every step of the way with you to ensure that any questions you or your building control officer have are answered clearly and swiftly.
Once our lighting designers have completed their designs and initial fitting selections we will develop a presentation to show you exactly what your lighting design will look like. The presentation will involve our 2D drawings, options of different lighting products, and photographs from other projects with similar designs and products. We can also provide you with a 3D visualisation of your project or bespoke fitting. The presentation will sent via email and you will also be invited to our Manchester design studio and showroom for this presentation where we will offer you advice on potential cost savings and fittings from a huge range of lighting manufacturers. Our goal is to achieve your lighting aspirations and therefore we do all we can to show you the potential end results of our work, and present you with all the options for you to make an informed decision on both budget and design.
Quotation and Specification
A detailed quotation and specification document will be drawn up listing product type, lamp type, drivers and transformers. Installation guides will also be provided within the specification to help the contractors on site.
A loading schedule will be produced which details circuits, wattage per circuit, lamp type and dimming protocols. This will be given to your electrician and also if you are installing any lighting control this will be essential.
If you have your own electrical engineers to install our lighting designs, we will gladly provide them with all the relevant information they need to turn our lighting designers visions into project reality. This will include: detailed specifications, circuit plans, detailed notes, a mood board where required, and our support throughout the installation where it is needed. If you do not have your own electrical engineers we will be able to recommend a trusted firm that we have relied upon for previous projects. As an end-to-end lighting consultancy, design and supply firm we also offer a project management service where we take responsibility for coordinating the various professionals on the project that will be involved in the lighting design process.
When the time comes to place the order, our experienced sales team will assist with any technical questions to ensure a smooth delivery and installation. When the order arrives at our warehouse, each product will be marked up by circuit number and room by room thus assisting the electrician on site.
Asco lights works with a number of partners from electrical contractors to home automation specialists throughout the UK and abroad. It is strongly advised to appoint an approved electrician and we can recommend our partners. If you choose to appoint your contractors, this is no problem, we will work hand in hand and provide technical information when needed.
Why Choose Asco Lights?
Over 20 years of experience within the lighting industry.
We have a highly creative and committed design team able to deliver outstanding value, all based in house with no work outsourced.
We distribute for over 30 European manufacturers allowing you to procure all products at a trade price and gives you a wide range of products to choose from.
friendly – approachable
“I would recommend Asco in a heartbeat. When you factor in the advice you get, the access to product you will never see on the high street and their knowledge of how to layer a scheme together it is well worth the money.”
– Wendy & Graham Callan
One of our most asked question is: “is my project too small or too large to engage with your services?” Absolutely not, our lighting consultants are very flexible and can offer a very cost effective solution for a single room in your property or a full project management service for a complete renovation.
Hints & Tips
Decorative lighting is often a personal choice to create a theme in the room. Decorative lighting comes in many forms including wall lamps, chandeliers and pendant lights. Decorative lighting have once again made an appearance in interior design.
Lighting control systems are often recognised as Mood Lighting. Their systems are the more efficient way to control and modify LED lighting by adapting their dimness. Lighting Control Systems are also energy efficient