Designing exceptional lighting takes experience, skill, and creativity. It’s crucial you know exactly what to look out for when hiring the right lighting designer to bring your ideas into reality.
To get the most from the space you live, work or play in, here are our top 6 things to consider when hiring an architectural lighting designer.
1. Browse through their lighting design portfolio
A good lighting designer will have several projects to showcase on their portfolio, demonstrating their experience and range of style. If you are not impressed by what you see, it might be the first sign to look somewhere else. If you’re impressed and can see examples that you can relate to, they could be a lighting designer worth shortlisting.
Why not take a look at our lighting portfolio to view our diverse range of projects.
2. Ask about experience and recognition
How many years’ experience does the person or company have in lighting design? Have they received any recognition/awards for their lighting projects? Are they focussed on one element or do they offer an end-to-end process? These are just a few questions you could ask in order to help make that important decision.
Experienced lighting designers will be used to working with professionals like architects, interior designers and electricians. They’ll be able to offer everything from consultation through to lighting controls and aftercare. Be careful not to choose someone who has a limited offering as you’ll be at risk of running into issues later down the line.
Hampshire Light are proud to offer a flexible and in-depth lighting process to ensure our clients get what they need. From detailed plans to the best lighting brands and support, you can trust us to deliver award-winning lighting that is sympathetic and practical for your own space.
3. Check reviews and references
A lighting designer confident in their ability to produce exceptional designs will always be happy to refer you to recent clients. They’ll also be able to share a number of reviews for you to look at in order to help convince you they’re right for the project. In short, reviews should not be overlooked. Research the company by turning to Google and platforms like Houzz.
You can see Hampshire Light’s reviews on Houzz here.
4. Do they focus on lighting design only?
Lighting Design can often be overlooked when taking on a property renovation and with several other trades being involved, it’s all to easy to get some lights fitted. But do those lights bring out your property’s stand out features? Will the end-result make you think wow!?
At Hampshire Light, we offer our customers a complete, creative end-to-end consultative process. We recommend, source and supply beautiful architectural lighting solutions from high-end lighting manufacturers across the globe and design lighting schemes using our 20 years experience, passion and technical excellence. We also collaborate with some of the world’s best opulent lighting brands including:
5. Communication is key
A good lighting designer will ask you questions about your ideas, lifestyle and needs to ensure they design the perfect lighting for you. Frequent communication is key throughout the project to ensure both parties are happy and on the same page. And if you’re looking for something specific, let your lighting designer know.
Additionally, ask about the level of communication you should expect to receive after the lighting has been installed. Will they follow up to make sure everything is as how you expected?
6. Sign a detailed contract
Once you’re 100% happy with the scope of work proposed, be sure to sign a contract. This should include deadlines, materials used, costs, schedule of payments and anything else agreed.
If you’re looking for an architectural lighting designer to enhance your project, contact Hampshire Light today to book your free design consultation. We’d love o help bring your project to life with lighting.