Lighting design services are services that aid in the procurement and lighting layout within rooms, factories or entire properties. Proper lighting can change the atmosphere of a space, space perception of a room, and it can highlight particular areas.
Different types of lighting design service applications include commercial lighting, concert or event lighting, decorative lighting features, exterior lighting, factory or grounds lighting, home or residential lighting, office lighting, and safety and security lighting. Each of these applications has different issues that lighting design needs to address, such as energy efficiency or enhancement.
Typically there are different stages of lighting design services. Often, the first stage includes talking with a lighting design services contractor, who will offer guidance on which types of lighting are appropriate for an application. This stage of lighting design services can be completed in person or over the phone. The next stage is consultation. Lighting design services consultation is when the contractor meets a client onsite to walk through the area. During this stage, the contractor often has an architectural proposal of the project, which is modified to client specifications.
Once a plan is established, the actual process of lighting design occurs. This stage includes drawing and planning specifications, and overall project management of the site and maintenance. Lighting design services also includes arranging the architect, builder, and electricians necessary to complete the project.
Other lighting design services include mathematical lighting design or computer modeling. Mathematical modeling is often used for designing complex lighting systems, where simple hand calculations cannot be used. Computer modeling is used when designing outdoor flood lighting. This type of lighting design services mainly derive from photometric data. All types of lighting design services should account for light level decrease due to aging, burnout, and dirt and dust accumulations of the lighting fixtures.
Professional organizations and certification associated with lighting design services include the Illuminating Engineering Society of North American (IESNA), the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), the Professional Lighting Designers Association (PLDA), the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP), the Professional Lighting and Sound Association (PLASA). Additional lighting design services organizations and certifications are also available.