DesignPlusLight is a bespoke lighting design consultancy, founded in 2008, comprising a diverse and highly creative team that are truly passionate about producing the best lighting schemes for your project.
We understand that great lighting design comes from collaboration. Our task is to create your vision – to bring your ideas to life, using our creative expertise and technical knowledge to bring a touch of theatre to the built environment.
As a full-service independent practice, we believe that a great lighting designer performs this wonderful balancing act with every component of the project: from the client, architect, interior designer, engineers, site workmen, to the final customer
We believe the success of a project lies in delivering excellence: a highly creative and innovative lighting scheme that fulfils the client’s vision, aligns with their brand, is within budget, is buildable, translatable and practical to boot.
We believe every project deserves great lighting design, no matter how large or small, be it through education or working directly with our team. Our portfolio exults clients and projects of complete diversity: from five-star resorts to small boutique residences. We understand the specific requirements and deliver the needs of each and every one of our projects.
Our schemes direct light only where it is required to highlight its effects rather than its source, avoiding glare and light pollution. We specify high quality light fittings to suit every budget, to be easily integrated into the fabric of the design and easily maintained. We understand where the value is in the design and specification of lighting to suit the scope of your project
Our founder Sanjit Bahra always says to our clients, “Life is complicated enough – lighting should make your life easier not harder! There are endless options with LED lighting and integration with technology. I always believe ‘just because you can – doesn’t mean you should!’ - Lighting should feel effortless and simple to use.
Great lighting should be a tertiary experience – one should walk into a room and feel wonderfully at ease. You should first notice the graceful architecture and beautiful interior design and only after that have an inkling that the ‘atmosphere’ feels amazing. The human response to lighting is an emotional one. It can either be great or no not so good. And it’s incredibly costly to remedy bad lighting once it’s installed – so please, take the time to get it right in the first place”
We use the best, most appropriate and most sympathetic technology, equipment and fixtures for every project. We are environmentally responsible and go beyond the minimum requirements of legislation while remaining true to the design concept.
We understand that it can be a complex task to know what forms of lighting to use and even how to discern between the endless choice across a vastly differing budget offering.
We look at every aspect of the lit environment, including the impact of daylight, through to appropriate methods of lighting control ensuring a harmonious balance between different light sources. Our experts can advise and guide you on how to create the best solutions for your design brief and budget
We are leaders in the lighting design industry, creating beautiful and elegant lighting schemes that are fully compliant with the latest regulations, and without compromising on style.
We believe in collaboration. Architects, interior designers and electrical engineers really appreciate having us on the team because we understand the way they work and are able to interface and coordinate between them all.
At every stage of the project we communicate with the team to ensure the lighting design is sustained from concept right through to implementation, and is integrated with all other building services and functions. We give each project our full attention and care, bringing all our knowledge, expertise and experience to bear on every scheme.
We're passionate about design, we care about giving you best value, and we understand the detail aspects of a project.
As a client, you would get the best value from an independent lighting agency by using our expertise from the earliest stages of a project right until its completion, particularly with more complex and technical schemes.
Our approach closely mirrors the design, construction and implementation process of our professional partners (RIBA design stages). At each stage we evaluate and coordinate the scheme as it develops. This enables us to maintain the integrity of the overall design and ensuring the scheme is delivered on time and on budget.
Our initial involvement is to gain an understanding of the project brief, the look and feel of the design and the ultimate goal of the project.
We then build an overall lighting narrative that reflects the design intent of the project. This is the most creative process can take many forms – from mood booklets, concept renders, sketches and outline plans. No two projects are exactly the same. We tailor our concept proposals to suit the project deliverables, be it time, budget or detail.
Our work always follows that of the lead designer. Following feedback on the concept stage, we move to develop the lighting package to tender stage. We provide detail technical drawings, electrical loadings and lighting specifications. We present the client with a comprehensive preliminary lighting package that can be tendered against, priced up and wired to.
We progress to the micro design stage where we produce further technical details to illustrate how the lighting is integrated into the fabric of the design, be it joinery, ceiling or hardscape detailing. A fully coordinated and buildable lighting construction package is produced at the end of this stage
We play a crucial role in administering the implementation, coordination and management of the lighting scheme throughout the construction process. We ensure we are available to snag and adjust the lighting scheme as it is installed – leading to the final commissioning process where the lights are focused and the control system set. It’s a complete full circle moment when we unveil the completed scheme to the client.
DesignPlusLight often design and create bespoke fittings that are exactly right for the project.
Our bespoke commissions have ranged from restyling a simple uplighter, to designing a stunning chandelier for a staircase or creating a picture-perfect feature that captures your brand identity.
Our detailed understanding of materials, aesthetics and electrical function also means we can create bespoke features and experiences that perfectly capture your style aesthetics.
Whatever bespoke lighting your project requires, we'll use our expertise to ensure your space looks spectacular.
We've got big plans for DesignPlusLight, and we're currently looking for bright, talented people to join our outstanding team.
We'd like to talk to you if you're passionate about lighting design and want to get your teeth into some of the most exciting and beautiful projects in the business, working for a consultancy that stands for something. Ideal candidate would have at least one years working experience in lighting design.
Have a look at our Philosophy, and if you think you're a good fit, drop our design director Sanjit Bahra a line on firstname.lastname@example.org