We’re first to admit there are a lot of great lighting designers out there. What sets Port apart: we offer architectural lighting design and architectural lighting installation—exceedingly rare in our field. This combined experience means we know ahead of time which specified lighting fixtures will function properly within a designed system—saving our clients from costly mistakes, project delays, and systems that just won’t work (if your project already falls into this category—not to worry, we can fix it).
The sooner you bring Port aboard your project, the more smoothly its lighting aspect will flow, and the more money we can help you save. Whether we’re tasked with design, installation, or both, we’re honored to be among your partners through the collaborative design-build process.
Exterior and interior, we light it all—city bridges, stadiums, skyscrapers, theaters, casinos, amusement rides, museums, TV studios… You name it, we’ll put it to paper, bring it to light, and take your breath away. We can’t wait to get started.
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What Is The Process of Architectural Lighting Design?
The design process begins with the need to define and understand the goals and objectives for the lighting design. It is important to understand the function of the space, the look that is wanted, as well as energy efficiency and any budget constraints.
Once this project goal is defined, a site analysis for existing construction is conducted. This site analysis considers factors including but not limited to daylight, natural surroundings, and architectural features.
Determining these features ahead of time allows consideration of how the artificial lighting will complement and interact with the architecture. After a site analysis comes a need to understand the architecture. It is key that a designer identifies key design elements, materials, as well as any unique features that should be highlighted or concealed.
Once the architecture is understood, the designer will identify the functional lighting requirements for each area within the space. This can include task lighting for specific activities, general illumination, or accent lighting to highlight specific features.
After a functional analysis, the designer will typically create a lighting plan. This plan will outline the type, quantity, and location of fixtures as well as specify desired light levels, color temperature, and angles for each individual fixture. Lighting fixtures are chosen to ensure that they meet the design and performance criteria of the design. Color rendering and temperature also go into the fixture selection.
Architectural lighting installation encompasses the process of designing, positioning, and installing lighting fixtures and systems within a building or outdoor space to enhance its aesthetic appeal, functionality, and overall ambiance.
The role of an architectural installer includes installing lighting fixtures and systems while working closely with design plans to ensure the correct positioning of fixtures as well as ensuring that the lighting systems function correctly and meet all specifications.
Elements included in the installation process are:
- Installation of Fixtures
- Wiring & Connection of Fixtures
- Control System Integration
- Client Training & Post-Installation Support
What Is The Process of Architectural Lighting Installation?
The installation process typically starts with the creation of a lighting design and a completed site assessment. These are imperative when understanding what is needed to complete any architectural installation. Once the installation concepts are confirmed, material and equipment procurement is necessary.
This encompasses the ordering of lighting fixtures, controls, as well as any other necessary equipment to ensure that all materials meet project specifications and quality standards.
After all needed materials are acquired, the site will need to be prepared by ensuring all areas are clear and safe to work. Once safety conditions are ensured, the installation can begin. Installation includes the mounting of all lighting fixtures in their designated locations as well as wiring all fixtures to the electrical system. Once they are wired, a control system and sensors are installed and tested to ensure fixtures are correctly aligned, anchored, and the desired lighting effects are achieved.
After all fixtures are working well, the installer will program and configure the lighting control system to achieve specific lighting scenarios and automation sequences. This process can include testing control interfaces, timers, dimmers, and sensors to ensure proper functionality. Once the installation is complete, the installation company typically will provide training to end-users or building operators on how to operate and maintain the lighting system as well as offer guidance on troubleshooting any potential problems.
Once this training is complete, most installers will be available for ongoing support including but not limited to maintenance, repairs, or replacements as needed.