Lighting designers are responsible for the design and implementation of lighting in architectural and construction projects. They work closely with architects, engineers, and maintenance workers to assess the projects’ lighting requirements and design an appropriate plan; this involves research, consultation with other members of the construction team, and reviewing the space's specifications to produce lighting that meets clients' expectations and industry standards. Once a design is completed, lighting designers establish cost estimates and design specifications, which they share with clients and other members of the construction team. As construction proceeds, they provide additional consultation and make any updates needed due to changing construction goals or unforeseen issues.
Lighting designers work in a variety of architectural and engineering settings. On-site work occurs in residential (e.g., homes and apartment complexes), industrial (e.g., factories), commercial (e.g., stores, warehouses, and malls), and infrastructure (e.g., tunnels, bridges, and parking structures) settings. They generally perform design work in an office setting using modeling software. Lighting designers generally work full time, and overtime may be required as project deadlines approach.
Lighting designers typically must hold a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, architecture, interior design, or a related field. They must have experience using AutoCAD and AGI. Several years’ experience in lighting design may be required to work independently on design projects. Lighting designers may need to hold appropriate certifications for some positions.
Lighting Designer Tasks
Perform computer generated calculations and illuminating renderings.
Provide lighting specifications for interior/exterior/landscape lighting applications and create lighting schedules and all related design documentation as required.
Design lighting plans and detail drawings, including medium and low-voltage switchgear, motor control centers, power distribution, conduit and cable tray routing, and more.
Make presentations and interact with customers/clients.
Assist in the development of custom fixture designs and testing for new lighting applications.