- Collaborative lighting design
- Fixture selection and specification
- Mock-up testing
- Lighting calculations for normal, egress, and emergency lighting
- Lighting controls design
- Power density analysis
- Submittal review
- Punch list
“What surfaces or objects want or need light in this space?” or “To what criteria are we required to design?” are often precursors to a greater conversation regarding the architectural expression of spaces and details. Using objectives defined by the design team in the first working sessions, we perform a series of tasks to develop the design, including initial sketches, design ideas and precedent research.
Designing With Light
Attend early design meetings to define objectives and general lighting concepts for each space. Illustrate ideas conceptually in section, RCP and 3D vignettes.
Conduct fixture research and discussions with manufacturers and local lighting reps. Assess local codes to achieve a design that responds to energy use opportunities and limitations. Conceive a general concept for lighting controls and switching.
Choosing the right luminaires
Fixture research through manufacturer’s resources, discussions with reps, and lunch-and-learns; Fixture analysis using digital photometric analysis tools and evaluation of samples; Development of digital simulations of specific spaces, using both generic and specific fixture types to test and iterate on design ideas;
Physical mock-ups using actual fixture samples
TESTING AND MOCK-UPS
There are often portions of a project that may be highly visible to the public, contain unique architectural details, or present challenges associated with lighting (or re-lighting) an existing space. Mock-ups allow the design team to evaluate and interact with lighting concepts under real-world conditions. They also present a good opportunity for the design team and client to interact in an informal setting.
Documentation can follow a number of paths depending on scope and fee, ranging from mark-ups to full Revit integration. Whether you work in BIM or 2D plans, we can fold into your documentation processes.
FIXTURE SCHEDULE + CUTS
The fixture schedule and specifications are the core of our deliverables. We use a special set of fixture designations useful for keeping track of fixture types, which we encourage our clients to adopt.
BIM / Revit
Lam designers are pushing the boundaries of project delivery in Revit. At early stages we can provide DD-level lighting with generic lighting fixture families located in your model. From experience we’ve found that the process is smoothest if you link our lighting model into your architectural model, as opposed to copying. This allows us to be responsible for the lighting design throughout the design process, minimizing errors.
We can also integrate specific fixture types into the model if requested for visualization purposes. Generally this task is only necessary for fixtures that have a visual presence in space, such as pendants or surface-mounted fixtures.
Defending the Specification
We hear it all the time: “Why is the process of purchasing lighting fixtures so complicated?”. We may not have the answer, but we do know how to ensure that our clients get good value. We have the techniques to ‘work the system’—to get high-quality lighting at a fair cost. It starts with solid, detailed, fixture specifications and an understanding of what the fixtures cost. We then work to make sure that the quality of the lighting fixtures, and of the lighting design, is never compromised. If any cost-cutting becomes necessary, we suggest changes that will maximize savings and minimize reduction in quality.