Priorities. What will your project B.E.C.O.M.E.?
Envision Lighting Design helps clients address all the issues in the BECOME acronym (below) but it is the way these items are prioritized that will give each project its own unique fingerprint. Which is most important to you and your project?
Budget – Budget necessarily plays an important role in every project. Is budget your number one priority, or do other concerns take precedence? Knowing the budget up front saves design time and design costs. The ELD team is skilled at designing to a budget - especially when we know what it is!
Environment (energy, efficiency, nature, resources) – Lighting consumes energy and impacts the environment. We want to be good stewards of the limited resources available to us. We don’t waste light. This includes minimizing “throw-away” light into the sky, which is not only wasteful, but can have a negative impact on birds and other wildlife.
Community (safety, cultural value) – Lighting can help create a sense of place and a sense of safety. Light is an equity issue. Exterior lighting plays an especially important role. Lighting can also enhance, entice, surprise, and delight.
Orientation (wayfinding) – Because lighting can entice, it can also help lead people to where they need to be. Lighting can be used to help people find their way: lighting and technology can be combined to identify open parking, lighting can differentiate one place from another, and it can guide people along a path.
Maintenance – Even LEDs require maintenance. They may last longer than legacy light sources, but maintenance is inevitable. Drivers tend to fail before the actual diodes. How important are maintenance considerations on your project?
Essence (identity, brand) – Illuminated architecture defines a neighborhood and creates identity. Producing a harmonious lighting concept can impact tourism and brand recognition. This is where lighting contributes to the personality of a space.
Which aspect of B.E.C.O.M.E. is most important to you?
Your priorities will impact what your project becomes.
Lisa J. Reed, lighting designer and Principal at Envision Lighting Design, LLC