Good lighting has the power to transform the perception of a space and the objects and people within it. More specifically, it will make a restaurant more attractive than its competition, it will enhance retail merchandise, or create a more productive and healthier workplace.
With happier customers, higher sales, more productive workers, lower energy consumption and less maintenance, good lighting pays for itself. Intelligent design is, therefore, an investment, not an overhead.
Good lighting does not happen by accident, and when achieved it often goes unnoticed – because it is seamlessly integrated.
Good lighting is what we do.
Brightness is a visual sensation which is often confused with the lighting metric luminance.
Creating appropriate brightness and colour for an interior or exterior space requires knowledge of the users, their intended activities and response to light, the material finishes, hours of use, the performance of lighting equipment and integration with daylight. Effective management of brightness and colour is the role of the lighting designer.
Less is better. We endeavour to minimise the quantity and variation of lighting equipment, to keep it as discreet as possible and prevent over-lighting. Unless it is the intention (e.g. with feature installations) lighting should not dominate: it should complement and enhance.
Quality design documentation. Clear drawings; integration details; detailed luminaire schedules – these make life easier for the design team and building contractors, and reduce the likelihood of errors.
The lighting design process
Typically runs as follows:
• Briefing by client/architect followed by production and presentation of lighting concepts.
• With approval of lighting concepts, detail design can begin. This will result in lighting layout drawings, detail drawings and schedules of luminaires and lighting control requirements. If required, a detailed design report may also be produced.
• With approval of detailed design proposals, tender documentation is produced. This includes drawings, specifications and luminaire schedules.
• Site monitoring, snagging and commissioning.
Fine Science does not supply lighting equipment. Therefore the sole aim on all projects is to specify the most appropriate equipment to achieve the desired lit effect – within an agreed budget.
• public realm
• emergency lighting