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The Electric Filament blog showcases our work and contains articles covering a wide variety of lighting subjects

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Our Design Process

Our Design Process

Lighting is about altering perceptions of light and space, creating focal points, enhancing features and creating moods or enabling tasks. It is much more than just ensuring the light level is adequate or incorporating a feature chandelier. Good lighting design incorporates all these aspects. Electric Filament employs a 360° design approach, ensuring lighting is fully integrated…

Lighting Audit

Lighting Audit

In this post we use a recent project to discuss the benefits of a lighting audit. The project was a refurbishment of an entire office building which was constructed in the early 1990s. The building has a 2.6m high ceiling with over 1,200 custom made fluorescent luminaires. The existing lighting creates several issues: High energy…

Emergency Lighting Design

Emergency Lighting Design

We’re often asked, ‘What’s the point of designing emergency lighting? Surely if I install enough emergency luminaires around the building they will give enough light?’ Our response is usually, ‘Yes you can do that, however it’s unlikely to comply with regulations and you will only discover this after construction is complete and the system is tested.’…

Daylight Simulation

Daylight Simulation

In this post we talk about using 3D rendering to produce accurate daylight models. A key part of good lighting design is using daylight as much as possible. It’s also important to understand how daylight lights a space so lighting can be controlled accordingly. At Electric Filament we build 3D models and virtually locate them to…

Video Walkthroughs

Video Walkthroughs

We use HD video walk-throughs to show the client how various aspects of the design work together. Videos are an immersive experience and can quickly and effectively demonstrate to the client the overall design intent. They are infinitely better than wading through endless CAD plans, elevations and specification documents.  

Explaining a design concept with 3D rendered images

Explaining a design concept with 3D rendered images

In this post we talk about the 3D rendering we use for client approvals. Often clients are shown 2D CAD plans of the proposed installation and a light fixture specification sheet. Whilst providing the client with information on the lighting it does little to bring the design concept to life, often leading to clients having…

Evaluating A Light Fitting

Evaluating A Light Fitting

In this post we discuss how we evaluate light fittings for inclusion in a project. We need to ensure any luminaire we specify will perform as expected once the project is completed and the client flicks the switch (or presses the button in the control app!) Typically we use 3D modelling and lighting software to…