Lighting Design Brisbane

More than flicking a switch.

Humans are predominantly visual creatures. We experience the world around us through our eyes. If the light in a space is poor, the experience is poor.

Creative lighting can transform spaces, from flat and uninspiring, to an engaging dynamic. Our experienced team here at JTIS Electrical understand the value of effective lighting design; we utilise strategic planning and an in-depth understanding of lighting aesthetics, to produce compelling and creative lighting solutions.

As preferred installer for DarkSpace, lighting design consultancy, sister company of JTIS Electrical, we work closely with designers throughout all facets of the project, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free experience. Additionally, with over 20 years experience in the lighting industry, we have developed a strong network of relationships with distributors and engineers, enabling JTIS Electrical to provide all your lighting solutions in one place.

Specialised Lighting Solutions

Lighting design has two clear objectives: aesthetics and functionality. We take the time to understand our clients desires and provide lighting solutions tailored specifically to their unique requirements.

We pride ourselves in understanding the complexities of light and how it impacts our physical, emotional, and psychological wellbeing. Utilising this knowledge, we endeavour to produce creative lighting solutions that complement our client’s character, while creating an environment that is both aesthetic and practical.

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Architectural Lighting Design

Lighting design is essentially lighting architecture. Architectural lighting design is about designing the lighting to fit within the constraints of an architecturally designed structure. Good lighting design will not only complement, but also enhance the architecture.

Lighting design and architecture are a complimentary discipline. To achieve a cohesive balance of the two, we focus on creating an environment that is aesthetic, inspiring, and functional. We believe lighting should be utilised to shape and enhance both natural and architectural beauty, and as such, we aim to produce designs that accentuate architectural features through the combination of artificial and natural lighting sources.

Artificial and natural lighting play an equal role in architectural lighting design. We specify each luminaire and fitting individually, based on three essential elements: functionality, aesthetics, and light quality. However, we also design around the belief that artificial lighting should not be used in lieu of a natural lighting source.

We believe natural lighting is an essential aspect of any lighting design and as such, tailor our designs to optimise the use of natural light. With strategic planning, we can avoid the use of artificial lighting and assure a well illuminated space during daylight hours.

Commercial Lighting Design

The term “commercial” is used to describe a vast variety of business types, from restaurants and clubs to private hospitals and clinics. From shop fronts to warehouses. We pride ourselves in understanding the complexities of light and how it applies to each individual business, be it a focus on atmosphere entice patrons, functionality for intricate detailed work or efficiency for large scale operations.

Residential Lighting Design

Lighting design is not reserved to the rich and elite.

Unfortunately, with a lot of project homes, to say that lighting design is not factored in, would be a gross understatement, often resulting in homes with lighting that is both lacking in quality and function. We believe every home deserves a quality lighting plan, so whether you are renovating, planning a new build, or seeking advice on how to improve your current lighting layout, we are here to provide you with expert advice tailored to your budget and design requirements. Developing a lighting plan early can reduce costs later. It is always cheaper to get it right the first time.

Balcony on a luxury balcony with modern lights around the roof

Lighting Design Services

Lighting Design Consultation

We provide lighting design consultancy for new builds and renovations, throughout the residential and commercial sector. We take the time to understand our clients unique design requirements to produce compelling lighting designs and layouts that are both aesthetic and functional.

We recommend consultations take place in the early stages of the project. Too often lighting design is left too late, and outcomes that would have been easily achievable, are no longer possible or too expensive to retrofit.

Luminaire Specification

We specify luminaires to suit your design requirements and budget. It is important for the client and the designer to establish a clear understanding of the functional and emotive requirements of the space, in order to produce a suitable design using the appropriate fixtures.

With extensive years of industry experience, we have developed close relationships with suppliers, which not only ensures that our product knowledge remains current, but also allows us the opportunity to specify quality fittings at exceptional prices.

Electrical and Lighting Layout

We provide electrical and lighting layouts for new builds and renovations throughout the residential and commercial sector. We don’t presume to know best. We take the time to understand your requirements and the functionality of each space, to generate plans that reflect your needs. Additionally, we work closely with sister company, DarkSpace, creating a one stop location for all your lighting requirements, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Budget is a key factor when considering building a new home, or planning renovations, so why spend the money on a lighting designer? As lighting designers, it is our duty to provide the best solutions for your design requirements.

Just as an architect will use experience, knowledge and know how to develop a home that is unique and reflects the needs of its occupants and the surrounding environment, a lighting designer uses experience knowledge and know how to accentuate and enhance the visual experience and physiological comfort of a space. A lighting designer can use light to evoke mood or draw attention.

A lighting designer will also assist to bridge the gap in knowledge for the client. Light is the primary element of which we need to function, yet it is most often taken for granted and more so, even less understood.

 

Functionality

Every light should have a purpose, whether it is lighting the kitchen bench or highlighting a piece of art. Too often, we see homes where floors are bright and work stations such as kitchen benches and bathroom mirrors are dull or full of glare. This is a result of poor planning and cheap luminaire specification. As lighting designers, we ensure your lights are positioned to optimise functionality and provide tailored luminaire specifications to make sure you have the right light for the right job.

 

Ambience

Light plays heavily on our psychological and emotive state. Light can make us feel. You may not have consciously noticed, but you have certainly noted its effect. For example, a romantic restaurant feels completely different when compared to a doctor’s waiting room. That is because light creates ambience and ambience effects our mood.

We factor ambience into each design, to ensure we achieve the right mood for the right environment.

 

Light Quality

Quantifying light quality is not simple. When selecting luminaires, we factor in a variety metrics such as a high and stable CRI, beam angles, dimmability and lumens. As lighting designers, we are aware that quality of light is more efficient than lumens per watt. If the quality of light is poor, so is our visibility and increasing the “brightness” is only as effective as turning up a cheap stereo “it still sounds bad, it is just louder”.
Unfortunately. when specifying luminaires, many builders and electricians will offer products recommended to them by their wholesalers. These products are usually cheap and as easy to move, not luminaires that produce high quality-controlled light. And it is important to note the difference. We often find, in these cheap LED fittings, the LED chip itself deteriorates, negatively effecting the output of light. It may continue to be seemingly bright but fails to produce the same spectrum of light it once did, meaning it no longer produces a high CRI. Along with this, the colour temperature will shift, creating an inconsistency between fittings, leaving the white walls looking like a patch work quilt.

Modern lighting design is comprised, primarily using LEDs. The vast majority of lighting fixtures are LEDs, unless used for a very specific task or environment such as a follow spot at the theatre or a carbon filament for atmosphere at a café.

LEDs have given us amazing efficiency and life expectancy. Where commercial spaces were replacing lamps every 3-6 months, they are now only doing it every couple of years! The savings are astounding. They also reduce energy consumption by 2-5 times in some situations, thus compounding the savings.

 

However, it is not uncommon to see a new LED product on the market with great claims of 10-year life expectancy, 5-year warranty and excellent efficiency. But it is also not uncommon to find these manufacturers disappear in a year or two, when all the fittings begin to fail within their warranty period. See, you don’t have to fill a warranty if you no longer exist. Stunts like this have been convincing consumers that LEDs are a lot cheaper than they really are.

 

LED lamps don’t always just stop working. This happens usually because the electronics fails. In other cheaper LED fittings, the LED chip itself deteriorates, negatively effecting the output of light. It may continue to be seemingly bright but fails to produce the same spectrum of light it once did, meaning it no longer produces a high CRI. Along with this, the colour temperature will shift, creating an inconsistency between fittings, leaving the white walls looking like a patch work quilt.

 

Like all things, you get what you pay for and LED luminaries are no different.

Colour Rendering Index or CRI refers to a luminaires ability to accurately reproduce a range of colours as compared to a set scale. Luminaires are given a score out of 100 based on this ability and many LEDs, especially the cheaper end, struggle to get a score above 80. when the CRI is high, lights don’t need to be as “bright” for comfortable vision. It is also important to understand how these tests are carried out and by whom. There is little legislation around these guidelines, allowing some manufacturers to make claims on their luminaire packaging that may not be accurate.

What is Ambient Lighting?

To create an overall sense of warmth and clarity to a space, ambient lighting can be essential. In contrast to harsh overhead lighting or bright ceiling fixtures, ambient light creates a subtle glow that provides a gentle atmosphere, with enough light to move around safely and perform certain tasks in brighter light sections.

Some ways to incorporate ambient light into your design layout can be obscured track lighting or recessed down lights, chandeliers, or one-off floor and table lamps. The aim is to create ambiance, while setting a tone to fit the interior design style of the space.

 

What is Task Lighting?

Localised lighting is essential in a functional space for the habitant to complete vital tasks, hence the name - task lighting. An effective set-up will create enough brightness, so you don’t strain your eyes, without adding glare or excessive sharp lights; perfect for detailed tasks such as reading, writing, cooking, sewing, etc.

The task lighting brightness depends on the space in question, the task requirements, and the eyesight involved. Typically, a workspace could have 269 to 1076 lumens. Lumen level and lighting quality varying for specific task requirements and vision of the occupant.

Angled task lamps on a wall or desk, or strong overhead track lighting, can be perfect for focused spot lighting that is not directly in your eyes.

 

What is Accent Lighting?

The goal of accent lighting is creating an added dimension to a creative lighting plan, building off the base that ambient lighting provides. It allows you to draw attention to certain aspects of a space, such as an artwork or a feature wall, as well as emphasis an area of design that is a focal point in your interior style.

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