Halstead Studio Services

Lighting Design and Fixture Selection

The key to successful lighting design is to first decide what is to be lit, and then work backwards to determine the solution.  Considerations include:

  • function of the space – what tasks need to be supported
  • desired emotional effect – dramatic (highlight architecture or art) versus stimulating (promote energy and excitement) versus calming (promote relaxation, comfort and focus)
  • desired impression of spaciousness – does the space need to seem larger?  Or more intimate?
  • integration of multiple lighting layers, as appropriate
  • existing or planned surface finishes
  • existing or planned daylighting
  • ecological impact
  • other special considerations