LIGHTING DESIGN: 3 SECRETS TO MAKE IT MORE PROFITABLE

BY LUMSTOCK

Is lighting design more expensive for the final customer? We’ll show you that this is not true… and not only that…. You’ll also help them save money.

LIGHTING DESIGN IS NOT MORE EXPENSIVE. BREAKING DOWN MYTHS.

There is a false belief that using professional criteria for lighting design to create attractive atmospheres means an extraordinary cost to the project.

This premise (or urban legend) is not true.

In fact, the truth is that not planning lighting design professionally in a space ends up being more expensive for the customer and more complicated for the architect or interior designer.

Let’s see 3 practices where lighting design is not only more attractive visually but more profitable and economical.

iluminación de diseño de sala

1.- DECREASES THE NUMBER OF LAMPS (AND INCREASES THE LUMENS)

The amount of light needed by a space (measured in LUXES) will always be the same regardless of the number of luminaires.

In this BLOG article you can review the concepts of LUMENS and LUXES

IT DOESN’T MATTER THE AMOUNT OF EQUIPMENT YOU PLACE OR ITS LAYOUT IN SPACE. The need for luxes you don’t have to think it as a “quantity of lamps” when talking about lighting design.

However, the amount of lumens emitted by the luminaires varies.

Minimize the number of luminaires by purchasing pieces with higher lumen emission.

This way you will have to place fewer of them because you will be optimizing the lumens and complying with the needed luxes.

2.- PURCHASE QUALITY LUMINAIRES FOR A LIGHTING DESIGN PROJECT

Have you ever heard the phrase: “cheap comes expensive?” There is no better place to apply this saying than in lighting design.

Lighting equipment decisions has a direct impact on project costs.  

While it is true that good equipment is more expensive, when you acquire quality luminaires you get also:

  • More light emission,
  • More filters and optics quality,
  • More controlled effects
  • Considerable savings at electrical powerpoints.
lighting design for work spaces with optimization of lamps

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3- PLAN LAYOUT

The layout of the equipment in lighting design is essential when designing.

A CONSIDERABLE way to decrease electrical powerpoints is to use light effects that benefits view perception. Use the architecture itself and the elements that make up the space as bouncers.

This will achieve countless benefits for the user, the customer and the designers and professionals involved.

The electrician may be the only one to resist on doing this. Lighting designers although are friends of electricians are not accomplices

Considering the above, a lighting design professional  with the best equipment available on the market will be without a doubt more cost-effective than a simple lamps arrangement derived from the calculation of technical luminance.

PROFITABLE LIGHTING DESIGN: PRACTICAL CASE STUDY.

Let’s look at this simple example of a kitchen with 2 different design criteria.  In Figure 1 (blueprint #1) the space is calculated to achieve optimal lighting levels for its function. (18 power points)

Bluprint #1

In the figure below (blueprint #2) the lighting design has been modified and some effects are generated to reinforce the basic idea of distribution of functions (with only 9 electrical powerpoints)

What do we get by doing this planned lighting design? 

1.- It is possible to save 50% on electrical powerpoints.

2.- It is possible to save 50% in lamps installation budget.

3.- Long-term maintenance will be 50% lower

4.- The execution and installation time will be 40% less

lighting design project blueprint #2
Blueprint #2

3.- WHAT EFFECTS ARE ACHIEVED WITH LIGHTING DESIGN

The effects achieved are:

1.- Lighting where truly needed, (work surfaces) not in circulation.

2.-In order to mark transit areas at night, the floor surface is illuminated with a linear system embedded in an island base.

3.-Focus lighting at the entrance door to mark access.

4.-Wallwasher effect on vertical free surfaces (textures).

5.-Wallwasher effect in storage areas (pantry) and ovens.

6.-Linear system on the work area integrated with the furniture

7.- Linear lamp suspended for cooking /dinner table or counter.

As a conclusion we can say that with this small example we manage to improve the perceptive quality of the space for people who will use it.

These people will enjoy the benefits of lighting design with personalized effects without influencing the initial BUDGET.

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