When it comes to designing bespoke lighting, our first thought is always: ‘what do you want?’. That might sound obvious, but before we can start designing a bespoke light, we need to know the answers to some important questions. These include whether you would like an electric or gas light fitting and what style you would like. If your requirements are a little more specific than that, then our expert team are here to guide you through the whole process.  Here are the main areas we would consider for a new piece.

First things first. Decide if you would like gas or electric bespoke lighting.

When deciding on the type of light you want to install, there are a number of things you should consider.  Gas or electric?

Electric lights are more energy efficient than gas lights but can sometimes be less atmospheric.  They will require specialist installation by experts and undergo various rounds of electrical testing.

Gas lights have an intrinsic glow that makes them particularly suitable for moody doorways, alleyways and outdoor spaces as well as interior spaces. They can be used in a variety of rooms with varying levels of success depending on your personal style and the space. Gas lamps come in many shapes, sizes and colours so it’s important to consider where they will sit within the room before choosing one particular design over another.

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If you choose an electric light, do you want it to be LED?

If you are going for an electric light, then do you want it to be LED?  Generally speaking, LEDs are more energy efficient than other light sources and they last longer, which means they cost less over time. They also produce less heat, generally making them safer and more environmentally friendly.

Finally, keep in mind that there are many different types of electric lights available: street lights, exterior lights (for doorways and passageways for instance), chandeliers, pendants (suspended from the ceiling), table lamps and floor lamps.

Does your light need to match any existing light fittings?

When it comes to fitting your new light, you may need to get a new fitting to match. This can be particularly important if replacing an existing light fitting as many people prefer a uniform look or are interested in creating a cohesive design throughout the designated space or area.  When choosing the right style of fitting, take into consideration the size and style of your space, building and surroundings. Work out whether you want it to be visible or discreet?  A feature piece, focal point or something more understated?  If so, start by taking some pictures of the style and size of the lantern that you like the look of.

If you’ve found something that you like, and want to replicate this style, you’ll need to get researching. Start by taking some pictures of the style and size of the lantern that you like the look of, or finding photos on the internet and saving them. If you’re taking your own photographs you can do this with either your camera phone or a digital camera – just be sure to take a series of photos at different angles, as well as close-ups or wide shots (depending on how detailed you’d like your design).

Secondly, take photos of where it will be fitted.  These images can be used when creating an accurate 3D model if required. It’s also worth taking pictures from an angle where you can see how it will look when illuminated at night.

Do you want your lantern to be seen when it isn’t on?

The size of your bespoke light will determine where it can be installed. Equally, the space you are wishing to light will dictate how big your light can be.  If you would like the lantern to be seen when it is not on, then it can be installed in a more visible position. If you do not want the lantern to be seen when it is off, then you will need to place it in a more concealed area.

  • Has the area where the lantern is to be fitted been measured accurately?
  • Measure the area where the lantern is to be fitted
  • Make sure you know how much space you need to fit the lantern
  • You should also consider any electrical wiring that needs to be taken into consideration.

Is there a weight limit for this particular fitting?

Light fittings can be a little bit more complicated than you might expect. Some have a weight limit, while others have none at all. This is something to speak about with the team who you are working with on the lighting design and manufacture.  If the lantern is being installed in an exposed position, such as outdoors, or by the sea, then you will need to consider how much windy weather it may be subjected to.

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The bespoke lighting design process

To commission a bespoke lantern that meets all of your needs, there are a series of questions we will need to answer together.  When you commission a bespoke light fitting, there is a process that you will need to go through. Before we begin, it is important that you have the answers to the following questions:

  • What do you want? What colour and finish should your lantern be? Which style would be most suitable taking in to account the surrounding environment and its style? Will there be any special requirements such as an emergency lighting system or dimming function?
  • What don’t you want? It is always our first priority to provide you with an efficient and functional solution that is beautifully made and looks stunning. We don’t sell products; we make them work for their owners. Asking yourself these questions will allow us to work together on finding the best answer possible.

If you are ready to start designing your bespoke light fitting, give our team a call. We’ll be happy to talk you through the options available, and find the perfect solution for your requirements.  Discover some more information about bespoke lighting design or contact us today.  We’d love to hear from you!