ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN: THE 2 PHASES PROCESS TO CREATE A LIGHTING PROJECT
To speak of architecture, design and professional lighting is not only speaking of installing lamps every metre and a half or so
The only companies that will benefit from this way of illuminating are those that sell lamps.
For them the “work, concept and art” of the architect or designer is not important.
For large lighting companies the most important thing is that their lamps are being displayed and comply with the luxes suitable for the space.
This is nor right or wrong.
It’s just a different way of conceiving lighting design, but this is changing.
TIME TO FORGET THE INSTALLATION OF LAMPS EVERY METER AND HALF IN ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
Speaking about professional lighting in architecture and design is not to speak of making dozens of holes in the ceiling.
The only ones who profits from this way of lighting are companies that sell luminaires. This works for some specific projects but when there’s concept and design it does not.
When it is necessary to illuminate the concept of the architect or designer from “practicality” it is not important. Only the well-distributed luxes matter.
From another point of view we have those BRANDS for which the most important thing is that your luminaire is displayed. The most important thing is the design of the piece.
These are different ways of considering a project. That’s why it’s important for the architect to ask himself what he wants with his work.
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IN ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN LIGHTING DESIGN IS DIFFERENT
In architecture and design the counting of luminaires is the last thing you think of.
In addition, in a professional lighting project one of the biggest challenges to be faced is to place the least amount of luminaires creating better spaces.
To achieve this, we must set ourselves into a creative process, just as when designing the structure or interior design of a space.
Designing light can’t be an alien to conceptualization; there are lighting design phases that every architect or interior designer must face:
Let’s look at each one of them:
1- ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN'S CONCEPT PHASE
At this stage the first guidelines are dictated by the architect or the designer.
Many people think it should be the lighting designer, the engineer or the person who calculates the space’s luxes
The conception is based on architecture and what the architect or designer wants from that space.
First you have to understand the spatial concept to generate a lighting concept, a design idea.
This will be represented by an abstract composition of values in spaces using the “Ordering Principles of Architecture” and their fundamentals.
Lighting design first ideas can be inspired by:
1- A book
2- A song
3- A film
4- Reinterpreting a work of art
5- Architecture or the design
6- A sensation
7- The branding, if any
8- Of all the above.
2- ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN'S PRODUCTION PHASE
Before going deep into analyze this second stage we recommend you to read in our BLOG the POST where 3 secrets are explained to make design lighting more profitable
Once the concept is defined then we enter the second phase which is the time to think about lamps.
It is normal to understand that not all architects or designers who have created a lighting concept are able to solve it technically.
Actually, creating lighting effects deserves advanced LED technical knowledge.
If the professional can solve it himself then he will have to buy the lamps according to the desired effects to accomplish them
If not, there’s always the possibility to go to the commercial house of your choice to get advice on choosing the ideal lamps and materialize the effects designed.
As a conclusion we must know that when it comes to making paper work come true it is important to be well guide and informed to stay within the budget and not turning lighting design into a headache.