The first step of our process is to get a clear understanding of the project. Beyond looking at the plans, we take the time to listen to your objectives. We ask questions such as:
Why is the project being constructed?
Is this a personal project for the client or is the project for resale?
How will the property be used?
What is the schedule?
How will we determine a budget?
Who is making the final decisions?
At Radiance Lighting, we design based on the requirements of the project and the desires of the client. Every project has variables that can impact choices—aesthetic, function, preference and financial. Getting a big picture of the overall objectives and understanding the decision maker’s objectives ensures we are all moving in the same direction.
Concepts and Solutions
Taking time for lighting design development pays dividends down the road. With a well-developed concept the rest of the design process will be built on a solid and clear foundation.
Radiance Lighting provides images, concepts, examples, samples and details. We get the ideas in everyone’s mind and put them into a format that we can see and understand as a team. As a group, we are able to work through different approaches and means of achieving the project’s goals.
At Radiance Lighting, we believe the best ideas must be expressed with detailed documentation to facilitate proper execution in the field. We provide a series of documents to keep the various aspects of the installation moving along as well as provide a guide for future servicing of the property.
We start with presentation layouts that are friendly and easy to follow. We may provide rendered details to help express design concepts. Our technical drawings include information such as light fixture location, fixture identification, switch grouping and dimensioning.
We provide supporting drawings such as a general notes sheet and customized lighting configurations. Related documentation includes a fixture schedule and factory specification sheets. We may also provide dimming system riser diagrams, panel schedules and motorized window treatment layouts including shade wire placement and installation details.
Everything works on paper. But your project isn’t a drawing. Radiance Lighting takes the time to make site visits. We believe they’re an important part of perfecting the lighting design and achieving project success.
We like to make site visits throughout the process to answer questions and verify the design. We’re able to see things on site that may not be apparent during the documentation phase. Potential issues can be revealed and resolved before they became problems, and often creative opportunities are also brought to light. Being engaged in the physical result is a valuable part of the lighting design process.
The lighting design isn’t complete even after the fixtures are installed. Once the paint has dried and the furniture is in place, we can then make use of the lighting tools we’ve put in place.
This fine-tuning phase may involve pointing the lights at the various features of the space, using the correct lamps and filters, and designing the scenes for the lighting control system. All of the planning and installation work comes together. The most dramatic moment for the lighting on your project isn’t when the lights are turned on for the first time; it is when everything has been adjusted and perfectly optimized for your particular space.