Q&A

Light­ing plan

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Q I’m think­ing about us­ing a pro­fes­sional to help cre­ate a light­ing plan for my tim­ber home. How do I go about find­ing a rep­utable light­ing ex­pert? And what should I be think­ing about when plan­ning a light­ing scheme for my home?

TIM­BER HOMES OF­FER light­ing chal­lenges such as vaulted ceil­ings, mul­ti­ple view­ing an­gles and the need to con­ceal light fix­tures to re­duce glare. For­tu­nately, a smart light­ing ex­pert or de­signer will help you over­come all th­ese chal­lenges.

A good light­ing de­signer is in­volved with his or her in­dus­try, so you may be able to find one through or­ga­ni­za­tions such as the Il­lu­mi­nat­ing En­gi­neer­ing So­ci­ety (IES), In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Light­ing De­sign­ers (IALD) or the Amer­i­can Light­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (ALA). You also can talk to your tim­ber com­pany as well as your de­sign team to ask for rec­om­men­da­tions. Be­cause cus­tom homes of­ten re­quire this kind of at­ten­tion to de­tail when it comes to light­ing, there’s a good chance they’ll have an idea of who would be a good fit for your project.

Once you have a light­ing de­signer on board, it’s a smart idea to have them col­lab­o­rate with the rest of your team as soon as pos­si­ble. When the light­ing de­signer is part of the team early in the process, they have the abil­ity to help with in­te­grat­ing the light­ing needs with the ar­chi­tec­tural devel­op­ment of the house. They will work with the ar­chi­tect to en­sure the light­ing is pro­vid­ing for not only the needs of tasks such as cook­ing in the kitchen or work in the home of­fice, but also with the in­te­rior de­signer to keep a co­he­sive flow in how the in­te­rior spa­ces look over­all, in­clud­ing fin­ish se­lec­tions, color and art. In a home with a tim­ber frame, you’ll want to in­cor­po­rate some kind of cross light­ing for the over­head wood­work. This type of light­ing pat­tern cre­ates a glow that re­ally show­cases the tim­ber frame. Keep in mind that many light fix­tures aren’t suit­able for tim­ber homes, so re­search­ing var­i­ous light fix­tures be­fore­hand is a smart plan. Again, your light­ing ex­pert can help with this.

Lastly, your de­signer should be able to meet with the elec­tri­cal con­trac­tor and walk through place­ments, light­ing con­trols, en­ergy re­quire­ments and fix­ture se­lec­tions. They should know the elec­tri­cian and have a good com­mu­ni­ca­tion path with them to en­sure the de­sign is fully un­der­stood.

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