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 into the project and the final result exceeds everyone’s expectations.


  1. Produce design brief and review feasibility

This stage is critical to the success of the project as it provides the basis for all future decisions. We work with you to undertake a broad analysis of your proposed lighting project to understand the core needs and any specific requirements, e.g. working within landlord constraints.

This stage is conducted objectively, to create an unbiased foundation for the project. As an independent lighting design practice we are able to ensure all decisions are based upon the needs of the client and not the sales targets of manufacturers.

The tasks we undertake at this stage are:

  • Initial meeting with all stakeholders
  • Undertaking a site survey of the existing or proposed lighting and electrical scheme
  • Reviewing existing lighting including light levels, if appropriate
  • Drafting an outline project plan to be incorporated as a key work stream within the overall project
  • Preparation of a high level budget to provide indicative costs
  • Production of a lighting design brief and feasibility report


  1. Develop lighting design concept

The development of the design is based on two fundamentals: the lighting design brief and a thorough understanding of the environment in which the lighting will be installed, whether this is an existing building or working off plan for a new build.

Ensuring the project stakeholders understand and can visualise the lighting design is a central to our design philosophy. One of the key ways we do this is through building fully lit 3D models which you can walk through and take photos within.

This approach allows us to quickly refine design ideas and rapidly communicate them. Take a look at some examples in our blog.

In order to ensure we achieve a great design we undertake a variety of tasks at this stage including:

  • An initial design meeting
  • Computer modelling of the existing lighting scheme to verify the light levels provided
  • Production of an initial lighting proposal in the form of a layout/plan
  • Assistance with preparation of defined lighting budget
  • Draft analysis of energy usage across the proposed scheme
  • Discussion of lighting controls


  1. Discuss and refine the design

This stage is important as it gives everyone a chance to review products, costs, switching arrangements and mounting locations before a final specification is drafted.

At every stage of the design we perform calculations using the best lighting analysis software to ensure the design complies with all relevant regulations. This allows you to finalise the lighting scheme, including luminaire placement, electrical circuit and control system design, all but eliminating costly changes during construction.

In order to ensure we achieve a great design we undertake a variety of tasks at this stage including:

  • Creation of preliminary lighting layouts and switching diagram
  • Updating 3D models and calculations
  • Updating CAD plans with light fitting positions
  • Updating light fitting specification and rolling budget
  • On site tests with sample light fittings
  • Photographs of the mock up being taken for reference purposes
  • Provision of a report which details all of the above


  1. Finalise design, product specification and costs

This stage is all about ensuring the correct luminaires are specified and documented, the design is locked down and pricing is obtained for all fittings. This ensures the lighting budget is finalised and project level CAD plans accurately reflect the lighting layout and can be used for tender and construction purposes.

This stage involves:

  • Adding final lighting layers to CAD plans
  • Providing detailed luminaire specifications and installation instructions
  • Providing final calculations and models


  1. Tender process support

Ensuring documentation accurately reflects the project requirements, specialist lighting support is provided and bids can be effectively analysed are critical to the success of a tender. Electric Filament will support you throughout the process through:

  • Providing advice on the award evaluation criteria and how to evaluate alternative products
  • Answering questions from tender participants
  • Analysis of bids
  • Support with purchasing of luminaires


  1. Installation Support

Having a specialist lighting resource supporting the contractor can significantly reduce any delays during installation.

  • Supporting the contractor throughout the installation of our design
  • Problem solving and assisting with any issues
  • Revising the design to overcome unforeseen problems – this can especially occur with refurbishment of older buildings


  1. Final commissioning and handover

Once the installation is complete we conduct an on-site review to ensure the lighting is installed as per the design, i.e. adjustable lights are appropriately directed and the control system performs as required.

To ensure the installation adheres to the design we:

  • Undertake a final review of the lighting
  • Focus any adjustable luminaires
  • Check performance of the lighting controls


  1. Project review against original brief

The final stage of our design process is to review the completed installation against the design brief. We believe this is a key stage as it:

  • Allows us to ensure all project stakeholders approve the completed lighting scheme
  • Provides an opportunity for us to garner feedback on the process, allowing us to maintain our philosophy of continual improvement
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