Why choose John Cullen?

Lighting is not just a practical necessity, but an essential dimension of design and architecture that blends aesthetic desire with science and technology. Our award-winning lighting design philosophy is rooted in the principles of discreetness, layering, drama, ambience, consideration, uniqueness, focus, and relevance. 

We approach lighting like an artist approaches a canvas with a paintbrush, using it with passion and enthusiasm to elevate the interiors and architecture of a property and bring the most favourable characteristics to life. We skilfully blend light and shadow allowing us to manipulate the human experience of space, adding depth, accent, and drama. 

Our lighting design schemes are always carefully considered, taking into account the unique characteristics of each space and the needs of its inhabitants. The selection of each luminaire and its position within the scheme is crucial in creating a unique and unforgettable experience. 

We create immersive lighting designs that are not only beautiful, but also functional and relevant to the needs of our clients. Well considered lighting schemes from our global team of designers can instantly elevate the mood and atmosphere of both interiors and exterior spaces at the touch of a button. Our extensive experience operating at the forefront of luxury residential and hospitality projects gives us the knowledge and expertise to confidently apply the latest lighting and controls technologies for the maximum possible impact and a robust installation that will last the test of time.   

For over 40 year’s our talented and creative team of lighting designers and project coordinators have worked with the world’s most elite teams in the world of interiors, architecture and landscaping to push the boundaries of luxury lighting, with our influence and legacy visible across the industry.

Irrespective of the style, our lighting design services add value to projects, whether residential, hospitality, or superyacht, from both technical and creative angles. We are renowned for providing an end-to-end service that delivers complete peace of mind, yet we are equally flexible and adaptable to tailor our approach to accommodate the distinctive budget, requirements, and timeline of each project.

  • Your lighting design journey starts with the preparation of a fee proposal. We will study the plans and prepare  an outline cost based on the project’s scale.

  • The lighting design concept begins with a project kick-off meeting involving all relevant design team members to discuss various details including:

    • Project programme and coordination
    • Control options
    • Formulation of design direction
    • Architectural features, furniture layouts and finishes
    • Project brief
  • After the initial meeting, the lighting designer will prepare a full set of lighting and CAD plans with a specification and detailed quotation, based around our own collection of fittings. This would include all the light fittings, drivers and controls.

    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 types of lights and lenses used as well as driver and control details.

    This typically takes around 15-20 working days from receipt of all relevant information.

  • Once the design schematic and budget has been approved, your lighting designer will create the detailed drawings and specification.

    We normally liaise with your electrical contractor and we will answer any queries they may have regarding the scheme.

  • As the project goes to site, we will produce a final issue of all the signed off project documentation for the team on site to carry out the installation. This requires a final update to the lighting design package based on all the latest project information from other team members to confirm all information is current.

  • Site visits are an integral part of the lighting design process.

    Our design service is bespoke and tailor made to the project and how the space will be used. It is essential for the delivery of a successful project for our lighting design team to be fully aware of changing site conditions and architectural elements in practice.

  • Most projects progress organically, at least in part, and revisions may be required to ensure that the lighting design remains relevant to the latest interior design or architectural details.

    We will ensure that we coordinate with other project consultants to incorporate any changes that may be required.

  • Whenever you are ready for the goods to go to site, our team will take your order and answer any technical questions you may have to ensure a smooth installation. All orders are bagged up 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, your lighting designer 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 lighting designer can visit site at the end of the project to ensure that the lighting is as designed, ensure all the lights are used to best advantage and help set up a control system if installed.

  • To ensure the best scheme possible we require the latest information as below:

    • DWG floorplans (GAS) and reflected ceiling plans (RCPs) with as much information as possible including furniture layout
    • Elevations, where available, of the various rooms
    • Joinery details where relevant
    • Kitchen plans and elevations
    • Confirmation of requirements for lighting designs to meet local building requirements
    • Artwork locations and dimensions where possible
    • Landscaping plans
    • Any information on AV/HVAC to be used on the project
    • 3D model / illustrations for renderings
    • Detailed interior and landscape design package
  • Contact us with your plans and project information using the form below.

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