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It’s Not Your Fault

I recently had a conversation with an interior designer who was getting frustrated while trying to specify some lighting for a conference room. She had selected some incandescent pendants to use over the conference table, but the available voltage to the room was 277 and couldn’t be easily changed. We were talking about how the room would be used, what other lighting was in the space and how it would be controlled when she said in exasperation “I took a lighting class – you’d think I’d know more”!

Illumination for the built environment is a complicated, tricky thing. Lamps, ballasts, LED’s, lumens, calculations, controls…it’s hard to know where to start, particularly if you don’t work with lighting everyday.

How much light does this space need? What color should the light be – warm, cool or something neutral, or a combination? How will the transition work between spaces, or outside to in and back? How can we make the art pop off the wall while still providing plenty of light in the room? Is there really a difference between a $100. fixture and a $300. dollar one and can I still get a great effect with a $50. fixture? How on earth do I make sure this lighting system works when we’re done? What about controls – dimmers, scenes…?

Lighting for architecture has grown increasingly complex over the years. The technology is advancing at a rapid pace due to regulatory pressure for energy efficiency. New light sources with great promise are being introduced, while older sources are being phased out of existence.

Light Solutions is here to help you navigate this confusing yet critical aspect of building design. As experts in lighting design for architectural environments, we offer 28 years of lighting experience in a wide variety of project types. Hotels, casinos, private residences, commercial offices, sports facilities, retail stores and restaurants for both interiors and exteriors – we have a history of making good projects look great, hitting tight budgets and delivering outstanding results.

It’s not your fault – lighting is a tricky business. Let us help you make a great project.

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