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Lighting Design

What We Do

We’re Darklight Design. An independent lighting consultancy, we specialise in designing and supplying beautiful and functional lighting schemes for both domestic and commercial properties. We’ve been producing creative lighting designs throughout the UK and Europe for over 20 years now. This means that we’ll work closely with you throughout the process to ensure that as a home-owner, interior designer or architect, the lighting scheme that you want is the lighting scheme that you get. We also source our products from many of Europe’s leading suppliers and design our own to boot, giving you plenty of choice when it comes to deciding on the exact look and budget for your scheme. Our services include client consultation; lighting design; product specification; plans; lighting supply; site visits; commissioning and support.

To find out more about how we work, do read on.
Or to book an initial lighting consultation, please call us on 01189 882294. 

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Step 1. Fee Proposal

To ensure that we can work to your budget and within your timescales, the first thing we like to do is chat with you about your lighting project. The aim of this discussion is for you to give us as much information as possible about the spaces to be lit, including: room style, ceiling height, elevations and furniture layout. For this we’ll need architectural drawings, preferably at 1:50. We can then provide you with a quote to supply a full lighting design package, completely tailored to your project. Our fee proposal will include for one set of revised drawings. Any subsequent revisions will be chargeable - please see the Pricing tab below for details.

Once you’re happy with this fee proposal, we’ll require a 50% pre-payment in order to start work on your scheme. We’ll then set up an initial meeting for you with one of our experienced lighting designers.

To arrange a fee proposal, please contact us at design@darklightdesign.com or on 01189 882294.

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Step 2. Initial Meeting

The initial meeting with one of our designers can be held on site or in our studio, whichever you prefer. The aim of this meeting is for you to tell us about any specific requirements you have, regarding lighting for art or sculpture for example. Most importantly, it’s for you to tell us how you want your space to feel. Ideally, to ensure you receive the exact lighting scheme you want, the design should be carried out prior to your project’s electrical first fix.

To book your initial lighting design consultation meeting, contact us at design@darklightdesign.com or on 01189 882294.

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Step 3. Design & Specification

After our initial meeting, we’ll provide you with a full set of Auto-CAD drawings, a specification and a schedule detailing all luminaires, fittings and transformers. We’ll also include design notes and positioning details. Where required, we’ll include dimmer or scene control options for maximum flexibility. For an additional cost (please see the Pricing tab below), we can also provide you with a Dialux lighting calculation - creating a 3D, real time visualisation of how your lighting will look once it’s installed. Or, if you’d prefer, we can set up realistic scene creation for you to view in our studio.

Once you receive the design package from us, you can use it for tender and installation purposes and we’ll be on hand to answer any questions you or your contractor may have. Typically, you’ll receive the design package 15 working days after we have received all the relevant information from you. For smaller jobs a quicker turnaround may be possible, just ask us.

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Step 4. Ongoing Site Visits & Revisions

We’ll liaise with your electrical contractor to ensure the installation of your lighting scheme goes as smoothly as possible, and we’ll always be on hand to provide technical help. If further site visits are needed prior to commissioning, our designer will be happy to do this. These may be chargeable and this would be at our normal hourly rate – please see the Pricing tab below for details. Any revisions required will also usually be charged at our hourly rate.

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Step 5. Commissioning

Once all lighting has been installed, we’ll visit site to ensure everything’s been fitted to specification and is exactly the way you want it. We’ll also be on hand to help with scene set up and control.

On-site commissioning will be charged separately where fittings have not been purchased from Darklight Design. 

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Step 6. After Commissioning

After your project is completed, we’ll provide you with a whole year’s worth of support. Beyond that, we’ll always be available to help you with anything you need whenever we can.

One year aftercare support will be charged separately where fittings have not been purchased from Darklight Design.

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Building Regs & Energy Efficiency

If you’re unsure how much low energy lighting you’ll need, just ask us and we can provide you with this information. For example, a new build requires a minimum of 75% of fixed lights on a project to meet a minimum efficacy requirement of 45 lumens per 1 watt usage. This deems that product to be a low energy product.

You can be sure that all our lighting schemes comply fully with current building regulations. We’ll provide a Part L compliancy pack with your lighting schedule for you to give to your building control officer. This compliancy pack ensures that the goods we have supplied you with for your project meet the required energy efficiency rating.

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Pricing

We will, of course, provide you with a quotation before we create your design and specification (please see our Step 1. Fee Proposal tab above).
• Our set design and consultancy fee is £75.00 per hour.
• Dialux 3D visualisations, if required, are charged separately at £150.00 per hour.
• We work to your requirements so if you only need a standard DWG drawing and specification, we can provide you with a quote for this at the above hourly rate.
• Any additional work required after the initial design and specification, such as the re-drafting of designs, some site visits and commissioning, will also be charged at £75.00 per hour.

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Order Management

Once your order is placed, Darklight Design has a super-skilled team to deal with it. All items will be labelled and bagged up per circuit and per room, saving you and your electrician precious minutes. We can also schedule your order deliveries by date, or to fit in with the phases of your project - please note that additional delivery charges may apply.

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AV & Scene Control

We work with several highly recommended AV partners and we’d be thrilled to share their details with you. If you’d be just as thrilled to receive them, please call us on 01189 882294.

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Installation

Depending on your location, we can also recommend skilled NIC registered electricians that we work with on a regular basis. Our preferred electrician is Ark Electrical, www.ark-electrical.com. If you’d like their contact details, or details of the other electricians that we use, please call us on 01189 882294.

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One Room Lighting Design Package

If you only require lighting design for one room, we can help with that too - Darklight Design offers a one-room lighting design service for £150.00. Simply email us a DWG file, detailing your furniture layout, and we’ll respond to you within 3 days with a design and schedule.
Unfortunately we’re unable to offer this service for open plan rooms.

Please send your DWG files to sales@darklightdesign.com or call us on 01189 882294 for more details.

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Book An Appointment

If we’ve whet your appetite and you’d like to discuss your next lighting project with us, do get in touch at design@darklightdesign.com or on 01189 882294. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

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Regulations

All of our lighting schemes comply fully with the current regulations. We will provide a Part L compliancy pack with your lighting schedule. If you are not sure how much low energy lighting you will need, we can also find out for you.

Order Management

Once your order is placed Darklight Design has a skilled team who will deal with this. All items will be labelled and bagged up per circuit and per room. We will be on hand for any technical help that may be required.

Commissioning

Once all lighting has been installed we will make a site visit to ensure lumieres have been put in the correct place and with the correct lamp angle. We are also on hand to help with scene set up and control.

AV & Scene Control

Dark Light Design has several AV partners that we work with on a regular basis and are more than happy to recommend. For their details please call 01189 882294.

Installation

Depending on your location, we can also recommend skilled NIC registered electricians that are used to working with our light fittings & design. Please contact us for their details 01189 882294.

Book an appointment

Please contact us at: design@darklightdesign.com or call 01189 882294 where we will be more than happy to hear from you.

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