The Lighting Design Process

Design is lighting up an ideaThe lighting design process is complex, because it includes a number of variables some of which are hard to measure precisely especially in industrial and commercial applications. The lighting design process involves a few steps and you need to follow them in order to avoid mistakes. The steps are: identifying the requirements, determining the method of lighting, selecting the lighting equipment, calculating the lighting parameters and adjusting the design, determining the light control system, checking the fittings and finally checking the installation when finished.

The Lighting Design Process – Step by Step

Firstly, when it comes to identifying the requirements, you need to understand the lighting installation so you can achieve the maximum effect. This means that you need to pay special attention to:

  • Task requirements
  • Illuminance and glare from materials in the space
  • The shape of the space
  • Objects you want to emphasize
  • Directions light should travel
  • Interaction of daylight with artificial light

When you understand of the impact of these factors, it will help you determine the best lighting fixtures for your application. For example, you will have a better understanding as to how the light is delivered: direct or indirect, surface mounted or recessed, mellow light instead of prismatic.

A quality luminaire needs to have a firm mechanical construction, good screening of high luminance lamp (less glare and discomfort), adequate system of overheating prevention, high light output ratio and finally- it should be easily installed, maintained and cleaned.

Lumax Lighting’s local resellers can help you choose such a fixture derived from your lighting design process for industrial and commercial applications. Lumax is pleased to offer a line of LED luminaires in addition to traditional lights. Our lights come in a range of sizes, colors, features, and control gear for compatibility when retrofitting your existing electrical system.

By choosing the right control system you are upgrading the effectiveness of your lighting installation. For example, using one switch to turn on all the lights in large spaces is highly inefficient. Instead, use multiple switches to control the number of lights. Movement sensors in “smart” light switches are very efficient because there may be rooms that are rarely used and with this light control system there will be no excessive light use if there is no need.


You need to think about many factors before you proceed with your lighting project. You need to identify the requirements, determine the method and lighting equipment you want to use, ways to adjust the design and to determine what kind of light control system you need.