Melissa Stickford is passionate about lighting and design. She's worked in the lighting and electrical field for over a quarter century. Along with her passion, she bring a sense of humor, encouraging, teaching and inspire others to just "look up". Let's see the world in a new lovely light, while saving energy, using daylight and enlightening spaces.
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As I sit here and try to compile my thoughts into something that sounds smart, I wonder how many of you out there have ever considered hiring a lighting designer? Is it really necessary to hire a professional to help me pick out some light fixtures? I mean, really, it's just lights, right?!? If you are building or remodeling, please read this before you purchase your lights.
What you may not realize is that we're in a lighting revolution. The entire industry and technology has totally changed with the introduction of LEDs. Also, a few years back, the government passed legislation outlawing many of the "traditional" incandescent light bulbs* (BTW, I call light bulbs, lamps, that's the correct terminology in the industry). Today we have more choices than ever when it comes to lighting. Manufacturers have done a good job marketing their LEDs and everyone wants to use them. Seems everyone is updating their light fixtures with LEDs. Heck, I'm one of them too. LEDs, LEDs, LEDs... Some people just want to use them because it's the cool thing to do. We've been led to believe they last forever, they use little to no energy and they don't get hot, right? WRONG!!! Usually when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Those are all myths. I'll go into specifics in another post. LEDs are not like the traditional light "bulb". To get light from the "light emitting diode", a.k.a. LED, there is a lot of technology within the lamp - a driver, heat sink, diode, phophers, just to name a few. LEDs also come in thousands of shapes, sizes, colors, lumen packages, etc. Some will work with a standard dimmer switch, some require a electronic low voltage dimmer and some a 0-10V dimmer. So many choices, what do you use?
Are you ready reason #2? Technique. We've all seen those pictures of spaces that just seem to glow, the architecture pops out, the furnishings are coordinated, the accessories are beautiful, etc. You notice those elements in a space when it's properly lit. No joke! The eye automatically goes to the brightest areas in a space. We understand how and where to place fixtures to compliment your space. We understand the art of design. We also know how to make sure your lighting design is energy efficient, easy to maintain, enviriomentally safe and meets all the national and local electrical codes.
If you are in the midst of building or remodeling or just thinking of upgrading your lighting, a lighting designer can help save you time, energy and money. Call, discuss your project and get a quote. A lighting designer may just become your new best friend.
Would love to hear your comments... What do you think?