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Planning with artificial light and daylight

Think in terms of light - not luminaires

Light gives architecture identity and character; spaces can be experienced and used through light. Light can be used to stage places, provide orientation and create atmosphere.

What is the art of planning with artificial light and daylight? First of all, it is important to recognize the intention and the functional demand of a requirement. From this starting point, solutions are developed with intuition and sensitivity in order to realize them with the classic craft of lighting design - within the given budget.

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Light evokes emotions

With our pool of experts, we solve the most diverse challenges for our customers. Each project is comprehensively managed and coordinated by a project team with a project manager. The size and openness of our offices, a team-oriented structure and the competence and experience of our employees enable innovative, efficient and successful work.

Artificial lighting design

A contemporary lighting design arranges the light according to design criteria (it orients it according to the respective use), and considers the investment costs to the same extent as the costs for the operation of the lighting system. The criteria of our lighting design in the planning concept are subject to the central basic functions of lighting:

Light for seeing = basic light/general light.
Light for looking = accent/zone lighting
Light to look at = staging light (light as object)

Function, aesthetics, efficiency and economy

Our goal is to achieve an optimal result in terms of functional and aesthetic requirements – while keeping energy and maintenance costs low. In this way, daylight can often be incorporated into the lighting design, and rooms can be supplied with light according to the physiological requirements of the users.

As soon as daylight is sufficient, parts of the artificial lighting are automatically reduced; in the case of multiple use, they are controlled "scenically". After all, the working seminar lasting several hours needs a different lighting situation than the evening reception, the presentation a different light than the conference.

In such cases, we create the conditions for intelligent lighting control.

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Basic light and zone light

Basis of the lighting concept

The basic light is the basis of the lighting and provides a largely uniform brightness. As a rule, the light source for the basic light is not visible. In combination with the accent or zone light, an aesthetic and functional lighting concept is created.

Project: Construct Living Kitchen

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Staging light

The light becomes representational

Example of staged light. The light itself becomes an object.

Project: BMW at the IFA 2019

Lichtplanung Lichtzonen

Light zones

The light zones with different color temperatures interact to create a varied presentation that is convincing both aesthetically and functionally.

Project: Mercedes-Benz

Lichtplanung Lichtfarben

Light color and beam angle

Planning of the luminaires to be used with their different light bars and beam angles.

Project: Mercedes-Benz

Planning with daylight

Professional daylight planning for a high level of lighting quality

The planning of daylight is also strongly determined by its intended use. Here, too, aesthetic, physiological, economic and legal aspects must be taken into account. What specifications must be met, what effect is to be achieved?

Daylight planning is a complex task. It is of great importance for the acceptance and usability of a building.
With our pool of experts, we are able to look at the whole picture and develop a solution that meets all requirements.

We further develop our planning concepts, which primarily describe lighting qualities, into concrete planning, which not least also enables reliable calculation of illuminance levels and costs.

Our services

  • Consulting for lighting concept
  • Feasibility studies
  • Demand planning
  • Calculation and simulation
  • Technical drawing
  • Construction and special solutions
  • Construction supervision and trade coordination

We further develop our planning concepts, which primarily describe lighting qualities, into concrete planning, which not least also enables reliable calculation of illuminance levels and costs.

Our work flow

  • Creation of a basic planning concept in variants.
  • Sketches of ideas, drawings, visualizations, execution options.
  • Determination of brightness levels, illuminance levels and shadows.
  • Definition of luminaires and their position.
  • Documenting the lighting design results according to DIN via lighting calculations.
  • Floor plan design in scale.
  • Drawing of details and special solutions.
  • Listing of the types of luminaires and their performances.
  • Cost estimation.
  • Creation of a presentation folder.
  • Further development and concretization of the selected planning concept.
  • Cost calculation.

We further develop our planning concepts, which primarily describe lighting qualities, into concrete planning, which not least also enables reliable calculation of illuminance levels and costs.

The implementation planning

  • Drawing elaboration of the precisely dimensioned positions.
  • Revision of the design documents.
  • Detailed drawings in scale.
  • Determination of lighting scenes and circuits.
  • Determination of control protocols.
  • Cost tracking.
  • Preparation of a bill of quantities.
  • Written summary of all lighting engineering results.
  • Preparation of the tender documents.
  • Definition of the bidders.
  • Evaluation of feedback.
  • Recommendation of bidders.

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