Lighting Plan Design
Why do you need a lighting plan?
The Building Code of Australia (BCA) has strict rules and regulations that dictate how much electricity consumption your space can use (from the lights). It states that you can only use:
- 5 watts per-square-meter for residential projects
- 17 watts per-square-meter for commercial projects
A lighting plan that illustrates your space will meet these regulations will ensure that your building permit is passed, and your construction can begin.
Lighting plays a large role in the overall look and feel of a space / environment. It is common for many projects to focus a significant amount of resources on furniture, floor layout and interior colours. All of these are important, but without the correct lighting configuration and specification, the positive effects will be significantly reduced.
Many architects and draftspeople only have a basic knowledge of how lighting can affect a space. It’s best to consult with a professional lighting consultant who knows exactly how to design a lighting plan that will enable your space to reach its full potential.
What is the process?
When you contact us, we will provide a free 10 minute telephone consultation to discuss your project needs and desired outcomes. You can start now by sending your floor plan or existing lighting layout to [email protected] (please use the subject line ‘Lighting Plan Submission’ and include a contact phone number.
Some clients do not have an existing floor plan. In this case, we would need to create one for you.
During the consultation, we will discuss the following items:
Project type (residential, commercial, industrial etc)
Lead time (required construction / delivery date)
Project style (e.g industrial, contemporary etc)
Current lighting (if existing space)
One of our designers will produce your lighting plan (between 5 and 7 business days) and send it back for your review. They will also provide a video screen recording explaining why we have recommended each light type. Sometimes clients have specific ideas about what they want and are not 100% satisfied with the provided plan. In this case we offer revisions (within reason).
How Much Does A Lighting Plan Cost?
Basic Lighting Plan
A lighting plan is classified as Basic when you are able to send us a properly drawn floor plan file in either PDF or CAD / DWG.
Premium Lighting Plan
A lighting plan is classified as Premium when you are not able to send us properly drawn floor plan file in either PDF or CAD / DWG. Our team will take your sketch of the area and produce a floor plan & lighting plan.
Residential Lighting Plan
- Basic: $99 + GST
- Premium $199 + GST
Commercial Lighting Plan
- Basic: $199 + GST
- Premium $349 + GST
How long does it take?
- Basic Lighting Plan typically takes 5 business days.
- Premium lighting plan (more complex projects) typically take 7 business days.
What do I need to provide?
You have two options:
Provide us with your floor plan in PDF / DWG / CAD format.
Provide us with a sketch of your space, and our team will design your floor plan & lighting plan.
What will it look like?
Please see the figure below for an idea on what the finished lighting plan will look like.
Does this mean my building will meet to Building Code of Australia (BCA) watts-per-square meter requirement?
Yes it will. Our team of designers are trained in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) rules and regulations. They will take into consideration both the affect the lighting layout design has on the space and ensure the layout does not exceed the maximum allowed wattages.