What steps can lighting designers take to hone and perfect their craft?
Doing your homework is key. Visit the spaces you are designing if that’s an option and watch how guests use the space. Is it too dark to read? Is it so bright that people leave the room? These subtle observations could have a profound impact on how you approach your design.
What should lighting designers be discussing today?
Lighting designers should be discussing how to get the best design for the appropriate material cost. This is important because more and more, clients are entering a project with a final budget in mind. In order to stay within that budget, the lighting team needs to be in the know. Then, we can prioritize treatments and manufacturers. The “Design – Bid – Build” process is going to the wayside.
What should architects be discussing in terms of lighting a space today?
Architects should work together with the lighting designer to create the intent and goals for the lighting of a space. Then trust the expertise of the lighting designer to find the best way to implement these goals.
Not giving away all of your secrets, can you share one tried-and-true way you make spaces and objects within them look their best with light?
If the wall is textured, graze it.
What questions should you ask your clients before beginning a lighting project?
Have you done a project similar to this before? What did you like about it and what did you hate about it?
What approaches do you take to help you and/or your clients maximize budgets?
We request pricing within the design development phase for our own records to make sure we are on track. This is especially critical if a contractor has already performed a budget estimate based on an earlier design phase.
What steps should you take to avoid costly lighting design mistakes?
Speak with your mentor. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
What’s your favorite Luminii product? How does it help you achieve your project goals?
The Kurba family is my favorite product by Luminii. I like that it has multiple end feed options, is very flexible and has no pixelation.