Developing a Lighting Design
Light plays a gigantic role in any design of a visual environment. Beautiful architecture, structure and texture are only visible when highlighted by clever lighting! Developing a lighting design that is perfect for your office is one of the smartest moves you can make. Carefully designed custom acrylic lighting fixtures will elevate your workspace to the next level, bringing brightness to every corner of your room! The possibilities don’t end there. Lighting designs can also accompany sculptures, so your reception or meeting room's centrepiece can be an incredible design with a backlight.
The benefits of lighting are clear, but how do you go about developing a lighting design and implementing it into your building? What is the manufacturing process, and what do you need to consider? Here is everything that you could need to know about developing a lighting design, from concept to creation to installation.
Investigate Your Space
Look around your office, and have a thorough investigation of every room. Does anywhere appear particularly dull? Are there any areas that lack colour and creativity? A lighting design could fix that. If the room is dark, you want a practical lighting design that will brighten the walls and illuminate the space! Should the space seem a bit lacklustre even though it is well lit, you may settle on a light sculpture as an art feature. Knowing what you’re looking for will help you settle on a design!
Determine Your Budget
Now that you have a vague idea of what you’re looking for, you need to determine how much money you’re willing to invest. The budget that you move aside will affect the size of the lighting fixtures and the materials you’ll use, so it’s best to set your spend early. For example, acrylic lighting is a very sensible choice - proving highly shatter-resistant and durable, but glass can be cheaper to work with. You don’t want to start a project with glass, only to realise that acrylic would have suited your needs better!
Choose A Temperature
Artificial lighting temperatures range massively, from soft whites to bright whites to ‘daylight’. All different temperatures have a unique effect on mood and productivity, so you need to take extra time to ensure that your lighting's strength suits your room. Soft whites work well in relaxing spaces, such as a break room, where bright whites give a more energetic feeling and a better contrast between colours in your workspace. Identify whether you want ambient, task or accent lighting, and adjust the colouring accordingly.
Start Sketching Plans
It may seem too early on to start drawing your lighting design concepts, but the earlier, the better! You end up saving a lot of time by creating quick sketches on the framework of lighting you’re looking for, including custom materials you want to use, and the colour of light that you want to be emitted. Stay mindful of the size of your space and your room's needs when you’re drawing up your plans, and remember where natural light sources are so you don’t waste beams of light in areas it isn’t needed.
Remember Maintenance Costs
All sources of lighting require some upkeep, so you’ve got to be mindful of the potential maintenance costs with your proposed lighting. Bulbs should be as energy-efficient and durable as possible, particularly if your design's structure or height would make it difficult to switch bulbs. Depending on your ideas' complexity, you may need professional assistance with upkeep or repair, and it’s better to recognise that fact before you use all your budget! Lighting is an investment, not a one time spend.
Consult Lighting Engineers
Now that you’ve got plans to propose for your lighting and you’ve identified your budget, you can start getting real! You’re going to need an engineer to bring your concepts to life, and to shape and form your ideas with material. Engineers will give you further advice on suitable and affordable material for your project and help you consider practical elements that you mightn’t have thought about yet. This may include the size of your fixtures or refining the ideas for the shape you’ve presented.
Try Getting Specific
Since professionals are involved and creating your lighting fixtures, you can get more specific about your material's effects! For example, acrylic is an ideal material for softening and diffusing LED light sources, so you can achieve a frosted finish with your lighting project. Lighting effects are particularly impressive with sculptures, where the light isn’t heavily relied on for the atmosphere, but primary lighting sources can also benefit from slight diffusion and tone changing.
Wait For Your Build
Your lighting engineers will now have everything they need to create your project with your chosen material! The manufacture may take a little while, and the team of engineers will be testing your design as they work. All you can do is sit tight and wait for your build to be completed, and prepare your workspace for new lighting fixtures by cleaning and tidying. If your lighting design is a sculpture, now is the time to buy an appropriate stand or table to display your project on.
Install and Enjoy
Just like that, you’ve got an entirely bespoke lighting design! Your office space will come alive with your new feature installed, and all your hard work will have paid off. Once your light is installed, you have no further responsibilities other than maintenance and enjoying your creation. You’ve been around for every step of the journey, so witnessing your design in the middle of your reception or your meeting room should feel incredibly rewarding.
If you’re searching for an experienced acrylic manufacturer to create your bespoke lighting design, contact us at Midton. We have unique production techniques to design lenses for ambient, task and accent lighting, and special material to soften, scatter and diffuse the light in your workspace.