Lighting is one of the most powerful interior design tools. It can change the mood and atmosphere of both interiors and gardens at the touch of a button. With LED technology lasting longer than ever before, it is more important than ever to consider the lighting design carefully.
The first step of your lighting design journey will begin with us providing an initial fee proposal for your project. Whether large or small, this will help with your budgeting and to ensure we can work within your timescales. Once this has been agreed an initial meeting will be set up with one of our lighting designers either on site or in our London Design Studio. Our hourly rates start from £95 an hour plus VAT. To ensure your design can reach its full potential, the design needs to be done at the very beginning of a project before electrical first fix.
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WHAT TO EXPECT
During the initial meeting, the designer will go through your plans and discuss the project in detail with you. The aim of this meeting is to ascertain as much information as possible about the house including furniture layouts and your specific requirements. The more information provided at this stage, the better the lighting will be.
After the initial meeting, the lighting designer will prepare a full set of lighting plans in CAD format, a specification and detailed quotation
, based around our own collection of fittings. This would include all the light fittings, lamps, transformers, drivers and controls. This typically takes around 15 working days
from receipt of all relevant information. We work around our extensive collection of fittings
, which are designed in-house and manufactured in the UK
. The specification and plans include full technical information
of what is required on a room-by-room, circuit-by-circuit basis. They detail the exact location of all the fittings
, the type of lamps, engines and lenses used as well as transformer/driver and control details.
With each lighting design scheme, we provide a table showing Building Regulations Part L compliancy, which can be submitted to your building control officer. However it is the client’s responsibility to confirm the degree of energy efficiency that is required prior to commencing any work.
We normally liaise with your electrical contractor
and we will answer any queries they may have regarding the scheme. The designer would be happy to visit site during the first/second fix stage and this would be charged at our normal hourly rate as detailed in any fee proposal.
We will ensure that we co-ordinate with the rest of the design team to incorporate changes. Revisions will be charged at the hourly rate for design time and for marking up of the plans.
Whenever you are ready, our experienced Customer Services team will take your order and answer any technical questions you may have to ensure a smooth installation. All orders are bagged up at our Distribution Centre on a circuit by circuit, room by room basis for ease of installation on site. This saves time making life easier for your electrician.
Depending on your location, we can
also recommend a qualified electrician
who is familiar with our fittings and arrange for a quotation for installation
. We strongly advise the use of an approved electrician to ensure an accurate and cleanly-fitted installation. See FAQs.
Commissioning a lighting scheme is an integral part of any lighting design. Your designer can visit site at the end of the project to ensure that the lighting is as designed, ensure all lamps and lenses are used to best advantage and help set up a control system if installed. The same hourly rates apply.
For a Design Studio appointment, you require architectural plans preferably at 1:50, with ceiling heights and any additional information such as elevations and the layout of any furniture. Photographs of a room are also very helpful. If a room or entire home is being refurbished, it is always preferable for our designers to visit site. Since many fittings require a recess depth of 120mm/4.5 inches into the ceiling, it is helpful to make sure there is sufficient space. If you cannot recess products, for example in a concrete ceiling, we can design appropriate solutions.
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To book your lighting design appointment, call our Design Secretary on 020 7371 9000 (option 2).
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