Why Use a Lighting Designer?
In our 20+ years’ experience, all too often lighting is considered far too late in the design process, much to the detriment of all those working on the project. Lighting Design should be interwoven into the very fabric of the construction process to ensure that the spectacular architectural features that you have laboured over for many months are always viewed in their best light. But this isn’t easy to achieve, it takes a considerable amount of effort and precision to master, which is what Lighting Designers offer as specialists.
Lighting Designers can, of course, be asked to use your architectural plans to develop the lighting designs and circuit plans for a project. But to use your Lighting Designer in this way would not only massively underestimate their worth but would also limit their ability to assist you in developing truly spectacular results for you.
Highly Trained & Highly Skilled
Lighting Designers are highly trained, highly skilled lighting specialists with expert knowledge of the latest lighting products and technologies that could benefit your project, and cost saving techniques that could release funds to be reallocated elsewhere. They have a lot more to offer your project than you might think. Alongside this, Lighting Designers can offer sublime customer service, finding solutions to all the possible questions and topics you are unsure about.
A skill gained through years of specialist experience that’s often overlooked but can make a huge difference on a plan of action to coordinate all the many people involved in the selection, development, design and installation of your lighting; and considering all of the implications of Part L compliance to correctly adhere to building regulations. Lighting Designer’s experience can be put to good use to make sure that you start a project off on the right foot to keep costs low and quality high, and to create dramatic results that will surpass your client’s expectations.
They create intricate 3D renders of our lighting designs that can not only help you to visualise how they plan to bring a space to life, add drama or create a mood, but enable you to tweak and adopt your design at these early stages to achieve the best results for your clients. The beauty of these 3D renders or walk-throughs is that they can also be used to present interior design elements or architectural features to clients well before the building work has begun.
Site Visits and Project Management
Lighting Designers take on a great deal of the responsibility you have on your shoulders by project managing the trades and schedules that are involved in the lighting for your build of refurbishment. Not only do they know their products better than anyone else in your team but they also have an intimate knowledge of the lighting design so are best placed to offer guidance to turn a lighting vision into shining reality. Whether they are project managing or not, your lighting designer should also carry out site visits on a regular basis to check on progress as well as educate and inform those involved in the installation of the best ways of working with the technologies and projects involved in the project.
As part of their project management or site visits, it is their responsibility to make sure that all of the relevant information on how to best utilise the lighting technology they have recommended is disseminated to all relevant parties. For instance, they should produce and coordinate loading schedules, which among other things will require them to inform electricians and home automations specialists how far a driver can be positioned from a set of LED products. Once again, there is no one better qualified to offer this advice.
Once you have selected the right fittings for your project, Lighting Designers can use their buying power and supplier relationships to make substantial savings on your purchases, which you simply would not be able to achieve any other way. These savings, along with those suggested throughout the project by us as professional Lighting Designers, will often entirely offset their professional fees.
Practical Design Advice
They work day in and day out with interior designers, building electricians and home automations companies, so they speak the same language and understand the intricacies of how each element of the project combines to develop a design vision. More importantly, they understand the practical implications of choosing one direction over another, the knock-on effect of such a decision and the need for detailed planning from the outset. Lighting Specialises can offer advice, guidance, perspective or simply a detailed room-by-room breakdown of exactly what is needed to achieve your vision for the project.
With a highly skilled lighting designer firm on your team from the outset you have someone on board whom you can turn to should any issues arise. Whether it’s to do with building regulation compliance or product selection, installer guidance or anything else that affects the lighting on the project, we will be able to step up to the responsibility of quickly finding a practical and cost-effective solution.
Lighting designers can help you to create truly stunning results, whether you’re looking for the dramatic style of a chandelier dripping with Swarovski Crystals, uniquely designed and fashioned for your project or the flexibility to mould a space through infinitely adaptable colour and intensity control. By illuminating the built environment, we can provide the finishing touch that accentuates the fabulous architectural features you have designed. They can offer cost-saving advice and they can provide you with all the information you would need about the lighting of your creation, so you are able to make the best decisions throughout the project.
Asco Lights is a company of award-winning lighting designers with a heritage stretching back over a decade. Not only do they offer all of the above but, with the largest design studio of its kind in England, you’ll be invited to investigate the potential of your lighting design first hand and, with their strong relationships with a wide variety of leading manufacturers, you will get truly unbiased judgement on which products to use on your project to always achieve the finest results. For more information on how our industry leading design team can take your project from conception to illuminated reality don’t hesitate to contact us and one of the designers will be in touch in due course.