Good lighting has the power to transform the perception of a space and the objects and people within it. More specifically, it can make a restaurant more attractive than its competition, it can enhance the appeal of retail merchandise, or help create a more stimulating and productive workplace.
Good lighting pays for itself. Happier customers, higher sales, more productive workers, lower energy consumption and less maintenance. These are the benefits that make intelligent design an investment, not an overhead.
Good lighting does not happen by accident, and when achieved it often goes unnoticed because it is seamlessly integrated with its context.
We aim to create good lighting.
Our design philosophy
Ensure the appropriate management of brightness and colour.
Lighting calculations are important but they cannot quantify the visual sensation that is brightness. Various factors change the way people perceive brightness – only one of these is luminance (which can be measured). Appreciation of this simple fact is the foundation of quality lighting design.
‘Less is better.’
– as the celebrated industrial designer Dieter Rams said. 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.
Produce quality design documentation.
Clear drawings; adequate integration details; detailed and checked luminaire schedules – these make life easier for the design team and contractors. Quality documentation prevents the urge to assume, as it is well known: assumption is the mother of all screw-ups.
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.
• retail (shopping centres and retail fit-out)
• education (school/university buildings)
• public realm (streets/squares/gardens)
• emergency lighting