Role of Professional Lighting Designer

A lighting designer brings knowledge and expertise of a quickly expanding array of available lighting equipment and technology. Because a designer neither sells nor installs lighting equipment, the design is based on an objective understanding of the project goals and budget. While electrical engineers can design a lighting system, that design is most likely based on electrical requirements and code standards but may lack the aesthetic sensitivities to the overall architectural design.

Art and Science

Lighting design requires a technical understanding of electricity, light sources, and vision while also a sensitivity to architectural and aesthetic issues. The end design needs to meet the visual requirements for human eyes performing an endless array of tasks while also illuminating the architectural forms and immediate environment.

Providing Visibility

Lighting designers understand that most building occupants do not necessarily want LEDs or wireless control—they want to comfortably see what they are doing. How to provide for this visibility summarizes the role of the lighting designer. How to provide this while enhancing the architecture, integrating with the available daylight, minimizing building energy use, and aligning with the overall construction process and budget summarizes the role of the lighting designer in a whole building design process.

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