When planning a space, the lighting should never be overlooked. When it comes to the importance of architectural lighting, there are a few things worth knowing before you choose a professional for this area of building planning.
Do you need a professional?
Whether you are remodeling a home or building a business location from start to finish, there are a few reasons you need to hire a professional architectural lighting designer. A professional lighting planner will have inside information you need, as well as being the one to put the entire lighting plan concept into place. For instance, an architectural lighting designer will look at factors you may not think about since they are trained in this area of expertise.
What will they look at?
An architectural lighting designer will look at a few things. The first matter will be function. Since the main goal of any lighting plan is to provide proper illumination, function is key. Function can mean anything from the lumens per square foot a space needs coupled with the natural light a space receives to the placement of the fixture for the best light spread. The next matter a designer will look at is aesthetic. The overall lighting should be pleasing to the eye. This is achieved by considering the way light plays a role in the overall visual composition of the space. For instance, a designer will look for fixtures that are functional in performance yet still beautiful in appearance to match the overall elements of the space. The final aspect an architectural designer will look at is efficiency. Once the matters of function and aesthetic are covered, the energy efficiency will determine the right solution for the space.
It is important to note that when looking for a professional, you should do your homework. Make sure they have considerable training and experience in their field, as well as membership in a trade organization such as The International Association of Lighting Designers or at the very least a local or state-run association in the profession. This will ensure you choose a professional capable of achieving your lighting goals.
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