Higher Lighting helps customers choose the correct lighting fixtures and save energy. A professional lighting designer can assure long-term cost-savings in terms of equipment, operations and aesthetics.

Equipment Cost Control

A lighting designer provides a design to meet your budget and assists in establishing a budget when unknown. The lighting designer will select equipment from numerous manufacturers to help keep bids competitive while recommending lighting equipment and techniques to reduce installation costs. Because a lighting designer does not manufacture, sell or install equipment, his or her involvement in the project serves to encourages competition and provide the consumer with peace of mind. We encourage all of our customers to speak to a lighting designer prior to ordering lights when unsure about what will be most suitable.

Negotiating “One-of-a-Kind” Pricing

If the luminaire is “one of a kind,” the lighting designer may be helpful in obtaining an agreed upon price from the manufacturer.

Identifying Lowest-Cost Unit Pricing

In other instances, unit pricing may be obtained independently and compared with that of the bidding contractors. The designer also may recommend distributors who will furnish additional competitive pricing. Finally, the professional lighting designer will work with the owner’s representative and contractors to achieve cost objectives without sacrificing design objectives.

Operations Cost Control

Methods to reduce long-term operations costs may be an important consideration for the owner. A professional lighting designer’s life cycle cost analysis will demonstrate the return on initial investment benefits of certain techniques or technologies. There are numerous ways in which a professional designer can introduce cost reduction methods to benefit the project, for example:

Avoiding Over-Lighting

In some areas, costs can be reduced simply by not over-lighting a space. Over-lighting is common when visual issues are not understood, or when “going by the book” in determining “foot-candle” requirements. Over-lighting also may occur if the recommendations of individuals who sell equipment are relied upon too heavily.

Improving Reflectance and Integrating Daylight

Additionally, improving the reflectance value of a surface can help reduce lighting costs, as well as integrating daylight with electric light.

People Costs

The quality of light affects people costs. New studies are demonstrating the effects of lighting on retail sales, office productivity, and the ability to attract people to commercial downtown districts after dark. Lighting designers are keenly aware of these issues, as well as the techniques recommended for achieving positive results.

Aesthetic Costs

Technical skill can be learned, but talent cannot. The “value-added” for good, creative design is difficult to assess, and will depend upon the appreciation of the decision-makers. However, the difference between great and average lighting design is very apparent.

Case Studies:

  1. Grocery store light design
  2. Garage light design
  3. Office area light design
  4. Street light design