Residential lighting design

Design services overview


Our design service is tailored to suit your exact requirements and is priced accordingly based on the size of the property and the level of design support you require. Each element is priced individually so you can establish your budget and will be itemised on the fee proposal.

2) Architectural drawings

Initially we will require a electronic format drawings of your project including all floors, these can be emailed to us at

  • Acceptable file formats are; DWG, DXF, PDF, 3DS, and BIM (building information management – which Revit is a program to produce these files).

3) Fee proposal

Further to receipt of your drawings your project will be allocated a project reference and we will issue a fee proposal detailing the processes and what elements are included and any additional fees / charges which may be applicable during the course of the design.

4) Acceptance and instruction to proceed

On acceptance of our fee proposal via your written instruction and receipt of payment of the agreed commencement portion of the fee,  we will make a mutually convenient appointment to meet with you to discuss your requirements in greater detail. This helps us understand more about the type of design required.

This meeting is critical as it gives us time to run through your plans together and fully understand as much information as possible to ensure that we can provide a scheme that works for you.

During this meeting we will agree a timescale to deliver and present our initial design concepts.

5) Design presentation

We may need to discuss details with you by email or telephone as required and depending on the response times we will meet with you as scheduled to present digital copies of your project with accompanying pictures, 3D designs as necessary and previous project pictures if required to ensure that you have a clear and precise understanding of how each area will look upon completion.

6) Alterations

Inevitably there are always alterations and amendments required throughout the project and we therefore include 1free alteration within the fee proposal cost. Further alterations will be charged at our hourly rate as detailed on the fee proposal.

7) Site visit requests

Unscheduled site visits and other associated meetings are sometimes necessary during the course of a project. We reserve the right to charge for site visits if requested specifically by the client or 3rd party on the clients behalf. We may agree within the fee proposal a number of site visits to be included. We will clarify with the client before site visits are agreed.

 8) Lighting design presentation

Following the initial design presentation and subject to alterations we will provide all documentation including;

  • Autocad drawings with PDF copies.
  • Drawing Issue Sheet – to track drawing issues for future alterations etc.
  • Luminaire Schedule – Images and specification for all luminous flux outputs of products required achieving the finished lighting design.
  • Product data sheets – Data sheets detailing technical information, dimming min – maximum loads, and a any dditional equipment required.
  • Estimate for supply – Light-U will provide a competitive quotation for the supply of lighting products. During the discussion stage we will agree the level of products to be used as this will ensure the final scheme is achieved as per our concepts.

9) Product & Design specifications

Our designs are completed to the following standards where necessay.

Lighting Design Specifications

  • CIBSE (chartered institute of building services engineers) lighting guidelines.
  • SLL (society of light and lighting) lighting level guide.
  • Sport England lighting guidelines.
  • ILP (institute of lighting professionals) guidelines that include consideration for bats and other wildlife, reduction of obtrusive light etc.

 Architectural Drawings

  • Acceptable file formats are; DWG, DXF, PDF, 3DS, and BIM (building information management – which Revit is a program to produce these files).

 Key British Standards are below for design,manufacture of lighting, all from the British Standards Institute. The UK National Standards Body –

BS 476 part 21 Fire test for building Materials (for fire rated downlights)

BS 5225 Photometric Data for Luminaires

BS 5266 Code of practice for Emergency Lighting

BS7671 Requirements for Electrical Installations (Wiring Regulations)

10) On-site support

Light-U will undertake on-site support to installing electricians with product advice and cabling assistance, and we are always available for site visits and in some cases charges may apply.

11) Commissioning of mood lighting systems

We use third parties for Lighting control system installations therefore commissioning of control systems will be carried out by their own service engineers and will be charged at cost.

 12)Payment terms

  • commencement portion of our fee is payable prior to first meeting
  • second payment is payable prior to final issue of drawings and/or other agreed timescale as set out in our fee proposal
  • Additional design and support elements as agreed will be paid for 7 days following issue of our invoice for the services detailed.
  • Light-U offer a rebate scheme where we will rebate back to the client a proportion of the design fee based on purchasing lighting equipment as detailed in our quotation. Each project is individual so please ask for further details.

12) Warranties

You will receive the Light-U 24month NO QUIBBLE product replacement guarantee. However many LED products are guaranteed for longer periods and these will be itemised on lighting schedules.

13) Insurance

Light- U is fully insured

  • Professional Indemnity Insurance.
  • Personnel Liability Insurance.

For a copy of these documents please do not hesitate to ask.

Light-U Ltd

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