To create a perfect lighting environment, there’re always professional and knowledgeable designer behind the scenes. Years and years of experience through numerous designing projects is what it takes to be a successful lighting designer. But with the help of a SMART and easy-to-carry little gadget that provides you with complete information about light, it will not only help you elevate your work efficiency, but increase the trust your customers have in you.
Lighting Passport is exactly that useful and little device for you to carry around anywhere you go. Through easy and smart connection to your Smart Devices, any measurement data of the light sources you measured will be instantly displayed in detailed and professional tables and diagrams on the screens of your iPod, iPhone, Android devices, tablets, and also your laptops. Designers can even share those measurements swiftly through emails to their clients or customers to let them impressed by your efficiency and professionalism.
When lighting designers receive a design project, what may be the scenarios during the designing process? There may be:
Listening for the needs of clients > Proposal of appropriate lighting solution > Procurement and QC control of the fixtures > On-site communication and integration > Check and accept
(1) Listening for The Needs of Clients
By using CCT, Lux, and light distribution as reference, designers play the magic to create an enjoyable and suitable light environment for their customers which further satisfies their visual and psychological needs. Safe and proper lighting can generate productivity at work and guarantee a safe work environment. On the other hand, it may cause both mental and physical illness if the lighting is improperly designed.
To achieve this goal, you have to understand the main purpose of the space design. If the space is for a fine restaurant, mild and gentle lights of high CRI and low CCT will better present the foods and make them look delicious and desirable. Also, don’t forget to take into consideration for other specific requests, favors, or special requested atmosphere from your clients.
(2) Proposal of Appropriate Lighting Solution
After you talk to the clients and understand their individual needs, designers have to propose a design plan that is both attractive and budget friendly within a limited timeframe. For cases like this, a good habit of constant data basing the luminaries will enable you to give rise to a perfect and satisfactory solution for your clients in the shortest time.
Basic knowledge for light of various light sources is not enough. A qualified and competent designer shall pay constant visits to lighting shops and use a light meter- Lighting Passport to take measurements, get instant analytic reports, and create your own unique and personal database of various light sources inside your smart devices. When talking to the clients or discussing with them about details, you may consult the database in your smart phone immediately, and even show or explain the readings directly to your clients.
The average of end-users actually understands little about the knowledge of lighting, for instance like spectrum, CRI, Lux, CCT, and etc…. We have to think as the users and also think for them to offer necessary information when making your designing proposals. If the design scenario is for lighting in the living room and users happen to have newborns in the family whose eyeballs are not fully developed, then it’s very important to prevent from using LED fixtures that have higher intensity in blue wavelength to reduce the damages to their eyes.
And if the purpose of the lighting design is to perfectly present the color authenticity and subtlety of the commodities, it’s best to choose the fixtures with high CRI, color rending abilities. Qualified designers should make their customers known to these necessary knowledges.
Lighting Passport is absolutely the best tool for any lighting designer, for it shows every lighting parameter: CCT, CRI, CQS, Lux, Foot candles, R1 – R15, spectrum, and etc… people need directly and instantly on the screen of your smart phones.
(3) Procurement and QC Control of The Fixtures
When decisions have been made for the light fixtures you need for your design, the next challenge for the designers is to make sure the quality of the fixtures when doing the procurement. Again, by flitting out bad and unstable fixtures and leaving the good ones at the purchasing stage, you will earn yourself a handful of advantages—increase the quality of your design, prevent the deviations of each color, cut down the time of on-site installation, and most crucially to build up high trusts your customers have in you.
How to make sure quality fixtures?
Before making your decisions whether to go purchase certain fixtures, simply take out your Lighting Passport, set the standard on the filter function, use multiple measuring to take the readings of every fixture, and pick out bad fixtures that failed the standards of qualification. This helps you make sure both the quality and consistency of light fixtures you are about the use.
A very useful diagram is the IEC-SDCM that refers to the deviation of the measured light source and the standard lamp. When the deviation increases, the naked eyes get easier to sense the difference in light. Even for light fixtures that come from the same manufacture, sometimes you can see them with 1 SDCM, 3 SDCM, or even 5 SDCM deviations. When fixtures with 1 and 5 SDCM reading are put together, some people can instantly tell the difference in light and become doubtful for the quality of the fixtures that they spend their money on. With Lighting Passport at hand, you can always sift out the good ones and eliminate the bad.
(4) On-site Communication and Integration
There are common cases that some users insist on selecting lamps or fixtures on the basis of their pure feelings. The end results of doing so are always disastrous! Without the support of useful meter and the real readings as reference, it’s hard to correctly identify the right lamps and fixtures for the right surroundings.
General people tend to lack of understanding about the importance of color quality and rending ability. What they used to know and care about is mostly the illuminance or Lux. Another factor that should be considered together with Lux is the distance from the light source to the object is often ignored. Also, Color Temperature has great influence on both physical and psychological aspects of human, as mentioned earlier. It’s absolutely imperative for designers to get their hands on s trustful light meter and present suitable and appropriate lighting environments to the customers.
Here is an example. For places like living room, bedroom, or hotel room, light source with CCT around 3,300K or below will make people feel much warm, relaxed, and comfortable. If there’s a persistent customer who sticks to a unique and stylish fixture, with 6,000K CCT, for his bedroom, your may use a light meter to take direct measurement and explain to the customer that such a light can be too bright for people to feel relaxed.
(5) Check and Accept Stage
Usually at the end of each design project, beside the traditional on-site “Check and Accept,” designers will have to offer a formal report to their clients explaining the final presentation of their lighting design. This is when our PC software can serve you best. In just a minute, you will generate professional reports like the one below.
“Spectrum Genius PC” software Standard/Advance: report function.
For those designers who have needs to share the measurement data to their colleagues, engineers, and customers, you can easy follow the built-in “Smart Pass” function of our Spectrum Genius Mobile (SGM) APP to do a quick share. All the counterparts need is to install SGM on their smart devices, then they can read the .ast file and view the entire measurement in details.
More information about “Smart Pass.”
We strongly believe that “Lighting Passport” can meet the needs of every lighting designer when handling project in various applications. Most importantly, connection and communication between designers and customers can be firmly enhanced. In the era of SMART technology, every designer must give a try on this revolutionary innovation—Lighting Passport. Portable, easy-to-use, and always upgradable with new applications, Lighting Passport will make you work with high efficiency and work “SMARTER.”