Lighting Design – What is it and Why it is important

Lighting Design – What is it and Why it is important

Imagine walking into a dimly lit office for an interview. The immediate feeling you get is how unpleasant it can be to spend half your day in such a gloomy environment. Now, imagine walking into a purposefully lit one – your mood automatically lifts and you will look forward to giving that interview your best shot.

Lighting plays a crucial role and affects many aspects of our life – our mood and well-being being the foremost. Be it architecture or engineering – the pivotal role of lighting can never be underestimated. For example, improper lighting in a factory can affect the performance of workers as well as lead them to cause crucial mistakes. Not to mention improper lighting of the emergency escape route can be disastrous. 

What is Lighting Design?

Light is the medium through which we perceive the world. The process of application of light to spaces is known as ‘Lighting’. The placement of light, its intensity, direction and other such aspects can have a major impact on our vision and in turn our perception. Lighting also has a direct impact on the impression of a space. 

Originally a part of an architectural process, lighting design is understanding the lighting requirement of a particular space and then designing the lighting blueprint in such a manner that it brings the space to life. From lighting up a home to lighting up a factory – lighting design is an essential element of any architectural venture. It is a combination of art and engineering. Every designer should know all the aspects in which lighting can influence a space.

Customized Lighting Design

Every business is unique, and so is its lighting requirement. The lighting alignment of an oil rig is very different from that of a chemical processing factory. Hence, there is no one-size-fits-all concept in lighting design. 

In such a scenario, hiring an experienced lighting design team can prove beneficial. They can understand the requirements of a particular space, analyze the regulatory requirement and design a customized solution to suit a business’ needs. 

Lighting design will take care of these requirements from end-to-end including supply, installation, cabling, LV equipment installation, commissioning, testing and project management. It also caters to a wide range of industries including greenfield projects. 

A lighting design team takes care of all aspects of a project. At the concept stage, they will assess the characteristics and requirements of lighting installation in a plant, determine the load, carry out cable calculations and other aspects. Based on this, the lighting engineers will recommend a suitable design and also protection systems. The team will then generate an AutoCAD design for the lighting plan that includes general arrangements, wiring looping layouts, load schedules and single line diagrams. These are then implemented during the installation phase.

Things to Consider While Hiring a Lighting Design Team 

Understand their knowledge level: Many companies offer services without the proper knowledge of what they are doing. There may be regulatory requirements about the lighting of a particular place. You would want to work with a design team who is adept with such regulatory norms to ensure complete adherence to them. 

Check the experience: Lighting design is not just about knowledge but experience as well. Hire a team who has had experience in successfully implementing projects across various industries. 

Consider their services: You would want to work with a designer who provides you with end-to-end solutions such as full site modelling, illuminance mapping, consulting on lighting positions, 3D and 2D lighting and others. 

Benefits of Lighting Design

  • Ensure appropriate lighting of each space in terms of the placement of lights, their intensity and direction. 
  • Ensure each space is used properly and practically. 
  • Confirm to regulatory requirements for lighting.
  • Enhance the environment for employees to provide a comfortable workspace and enable them to perform at their best.
  • Ensure safety with custom designed lighting. For example, install explosion-proof lighting in hazardous areas or illuminate emergency routes with safety lighting.

Overall, lighting design has a direct impact on various aspects of a certain space, be it an office, a factory, a showroom, a museum or even a house. At AJV Technical Equipment, we provide these custom lighting solutions as turnkey services that include planning, design, supply, installation, cabling, testing, project management and maintenance.