Why Do You Need A Lighting Plan?
The Building Code of Australia (BCA) has strict rules and regulations that dictates the amount of electricity that can be consumed by lighting within a space. The Code 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 deems your project meets these regulations will ensure that your building permit is passed, and construction can begin without delay.
Lighting plays a large role in the overall look and the way you experience a space. Often within project a lot of consideration and resources are spent on other design elements such as floor layout, furniture, and the interior colours palette. All of these are important, but without the correct lighting configuration and specification, the overall impact of the entire scheme will be significantly reduced.
Many architects and draftspeople only have a basic understanding of how lighting can affect a space. It is important to seek expert advice from a professional lighting consultant 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 ten 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 will need to create one for you.
During the consultation, we will discuss the following items:
- Project type (residential, commercial, industrial etc)
- Lead times (required construction and delivery dates)
- Project style (e.g industrial, contemporary etc)
- Furniture and other fittings
- Ceiling type
- Current lighting (if it is an existing space)
One of our designers will produce your lighting plan within 5 to 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. If this does not 100% meet your liking, we can offer a revised version of the scheme.
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 detailed floor plan file in a CAD / DWG or PDF format with measurements.
Premium Lighting Plan
A lighting plan is classified as Premium when you are not able to send us a detailed floor plan file. Our team will take your sketch of the area and produce a floor plan and lighting plan.
Residential Lighting Plan
– Basic: $149 + GST
– Premium $249 + GST
Commercial Lighting Plan
– Basic: $349 + GST
– Premium $499 + 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.
Other Lighting Design Services We Offer
- Interior Lighting Design
- Home Lighting Design
- Kitchen Lighting Design
- Bedroom Lighting Design
- Architectural Lighting Design
- LED Lighting Design (fixtures & fittings)
Does this mean my building will meet the required watts-per-square-meter in the Building Code of Australia (BCA)?
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.