What is a Technical Lighting Design?

What do you get with a technical lighting design?

It’s likely you may never have used a professional lighting designer before.  Whilst creative flair and really understanding the clients requirements are critical, the design needs to be translated through to a set of working documents.  We’ve found it useful to detail exactly what goes into a lighting design so our clients can see what information we’re providing throughout the design, installation and commissioning process.

Brilliant’s technical design service produces a design pack containing the drawings, technical specifications and architectural schematics to allow Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) contractors to plan, cost, first fix and install our lighting schemes and lighting control systems. We provide a consultative service through the tender process (if there is one) to answer queries and provide additional detail where required.  We provide as much on-site support as required throughout the lifetime of a project to ensure the design is realised.

Detailed breakdown of the technical lighting design pack

The components of our technical lighting design pack are:

  • A costed specification for the client
  • Detailed AutoCAD (.dwg) plans, including any unusual cabling requirements
  • Detailed technical specification by room, circuit and fitting
  • Architectural schematics giving an overview of specific technologies
  • Technical data sheets for light fittings and control system elements
  • Indicative total lighting load

Lighting Design concepts are based on the architecture, interior design and client requirements. They are discussed at the initial client meeting and during the initial design phase prior to the detailed technical design being done.


Sample Lighting Design Plan

Sample Lighting Design for illustrative purposes

The AutoCAD plans detail fitting locations, fitting control gear requirements and potential locations, any unusual cabling requirements and lighting control cabling requirements. Each fitting in the scheme is detailed with a key tying it back to the detailed lighting technical specification.  We also provide detailed technical drawings for complex or bespoke fittings or architectural detail.


Sample Lighting Design Technical Specification

Sample Electricians Technical Specification

The detailed lighting specification gives the detail of the fitting, the exact control gear, the lamp specification, loading etc. It is presented by room, circuit and fitting.  It goes alongside the CAD drawings and provides the information required for first fix electrics.The Technical Specification also forms the basis of our post first fix check where we check the accuracy of the lighting first fix installation.


Sample Lighting Design Technical Architecture Schematic

Sample Lutron Technical Architecture Schematic - for illustrative purposes only

Technical architecture schematics help electrical contractors understand the context and function of specific sub-systems that they might be less familiar with. They help the contractors understand what their involvement with any particular systems is going to be and allows them to plan and price accurately.  A typical example of an architecture schematic would be the Lutron Homeworks technical architecture drawings as seen here.


Sample Light Fitting Specification Sheet

QUAD Detail Mini Tilt & Rotate Spec Sheet

Technical Data Sheets provide the information required for installation and second fixing for light fittings and control system elements. The technical data sheets include all the required electrical information about the fittings as well as the physical dimensions for installation purposes. The sheets allow the electrical contractor to plan their work and price their second fix labour requirements.


If you’d like to talk to us more about technical lighting design or any of the elements of our lighting design service then please either give us a call on 01845 525665 or 0207 859 4868 or contact us through the project enquiries form here.  We’re happy to discuss any project in outline so even if you’re not sure your project is something we’d be interested in, why not get in touch and find out.