For clarity and given the strong bonds between the work of lighting designers and architects, the design stages summarised below refer to the same terminology and structure as the RIBA Plan of Work 2013 (see

The summary below is only for guidance and we appreciate that each project is unique, therefore we are fully open to customise our service to suit specific requirements as necessary.

STAGE 1 - Preparation and Brief

At this stage the purpose is to fully understand the project requirements and to agree the scope of the consultancy. A site visit is recommended, if applicable.

  • Analysis of Client’s requirements
  • Review of Architect’s / Interior Designer’s plans
  • Review of space and site constraints
  • Confirmation of Lighting Brief

STAGE 2 – Concept Design

The lighting strategy is developed and agreed in order to suit the project requirements as per lighting brief and to express the character of the various spaces. The lighting strategy is summarised in the Lighting Concept.

  • Production of Lighting Concept
  • Preliminary marking up of plan with explicatory notes
  • Visual representations and sketches to show design intent
  • Lighting inspiration with draft selection of luminaires types to narrow down specification
  • Preliminary meeting with Client and/or Design Team

STAGE 3 - Developed Design

The Lighting Concept is implemented into a Developed Lighting Design and coordinated with the other disciplines, with the purpose of defining the spatial and budget requirements for the proposed lighting solutions.

  • Preliminary lighting plans
  • Preliminary luminaires schedule
  • Preliminary elevations and details
  • Preliminary budget estimate
  • Meetings with Client and/or Design Team

STAGE 4 - Technical Design

The Developed Lighting Design is reviewed to incorporate any feedback from Client and Design team and it is enriched with all details and technical information for Tender and Construction. The final budget for the lighting and controls equipment is consolidated.

  • Final lighting plans
  • Final luminaires schedule
  • Fully coordinated design details
  • Control schedules and schematics
  • Consolidated budget estimate
  • Coordination meetings with Client and/or Design Team

STAGE 5 – Construction

The lighting designer will visit site periodically during construction, to make sure the lighting scheme is fully understood by the contractor and that any queries or clashes arising during the installation works are promptly resolved. If required, revisions to the lighting plans, schedules, schematics and specifications will be carried out.

  • Initial briefing of Contractor
  • Site meetings and inspections
  • Revisions to lighting scheme

STAGE 6 - Handover and Close Out

On completion of the construction works, the lighting designer will carry out one or more final visits to carry out the final commissioning of the lighting installation, identifying any points to be addressed by the contractor prior to practical completion.

  • Final inspection and snagging
  • Aiming and focussing of directional luminaires
  • Giving guidance on scene settings during lighting control programming
  • General testing of operation
  • Client induction