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Candela Designs

Design Process

Design process follows The RIBA Plan of Work ( ) which is an industry approved method of working and a definitive model for the building design and built environment. Inter-professional collaborative design practice, feedback and synergistic effect are key influential factors at all points in the process. It allows ensuring that all relevant comments, iterate and develop the designs, and produce better results for a more successful and unique project. Within the company we have always been a team of mixed backgrounds and skill sets all coming to work together to create unparalleled experience to the end user.

Extending this diversity and collaborating with the other sub-consultants only serves to enhance the creative ideas and develop the design. Welcoming input towards the lighting, likewise offer detailed solutions to a building architect or input to a texture, element or colour for an interior
designer that would be praised by our specialist lighting scheme.

Stage I

Preparation and the project brief

This is typically provided by the client or project management team, still take this opportunity to input and support in developing the brief and or project summary/narrative with the client and other core subconsultants. Then take time to understand the brief by researching the project type, geographic location, surrounding area and view, operator and potential sources of inspiration and influence such as cultural heritage, natural resources, local & regional styles. As part of preparation for the project, get an understanding of the project program, deliverables, target budgets or other constraints such as lighting power densities, special local regulations, employee/operator requirements and any project aspirations for LEED or Green Building ratings.

Stage IV

Technical Design (Detail Design)

Develop and finalize a complete set of drawings, details, elevations, specifications and schedules for all aspects that pertain to lighting. This includes a fully coordinated set of all drawing plans, elevations and details, as well as detailed specifications with all the relevant parameters, notes & technical details of light fittings, ballasts, compatibility with lighting control systems and emergency lighting systems and dimming control schedules with electrical loads. BOQs and budgetary approvals are formalized to coordinate with suppliers so that orders can be executed.

Stage II

Concept Design

Multiple conceptual ideas for the lighting design are developed to convey the overall design intent and visual aesthetic and presented for coordination and feedback. The process includes design workshops with other consultants to coordinate their ideas and develop the overall lighting vision for the project. Preliminary costing will also be calculated based on provisional designs and quantities for these ideas.

Stage V


This stage is largely dependent on the project type and size. Involve periodical site visits, inspections, demonstrations, re-evaluating designs, leading the construction team for achieving the correct details of the design intent. Timely responses to coordination issues with other services, design & technical enquiries, material inspections, evaluate shop drawings and submittals. Project inspections during construction will follow necessary reporting, snagging and finally, the testing & commissioning and scene settings of the lighting scheme and lighting control system to serve intension of space usage and to enhance the interest.

Stage III

Developed Design (Scheme Design)

This stage further develops the approved concepts from Concept Design stage. Initial sketches, drawings, specifications and schedules are produced in coordination with other consultants. Budget and Green building ratings are assessed for required compliance. Mock up designs, demonstrations and the testing of light fixtures to test and determine installation details and the final lit effects for approval by all.

Stage VI

Handover and Close Out

This stage contains the operator training explaining the overall design intent of the project, project documentation, operation, maintenance and troubleshooting manuals, stocks, spares lists, manual override of lighting control system, specific scenes for occasions and other situations. Final snagging report will be submitted and follow up with the operation team.


Full Lighting Design Services Include

Preparation of detailed Lighting Plans, Drawings for Integrated Lighting Details, Full Specification of Lighting Products, Load Calculations, Lighting Project Management, Electrical Installation, Light Level Calculations, Lighting Energy Evaluation, Lighting Controls Design and Installation, Custom Lighting Fixture Design, Energy Efficient Lighting Products, Window Shade Controls, Occupancy/Day lighting Sensors.


The first stage begins with a review and analysis of full architectural plans to determine important architectural features that should be highlighted. Meetings with the client(s) are important to include discussion of preferences and aversions, visual acuities, usage of each space, impressions that are desired, “feelings” that each area is to evoke, exterior lighting requirements, and other details that may be relevant to the project. Review of colors, finishes and furniture plans are helpful to ensure appropriate placement of fixtures and to provide appropriate light levels and effects in key areas. Features of the lighting that we specify are determined by structural details provided on the plans and on site, energy efficiency, and code requirements. Architectural details are coordinated with the design and builder teams to accommodate integral lighting to structural elements, where desirable. When this information is gathered, a customized conceptual plan is prepared for client review, understanding, and approval of the complete design intent for lighting and interior details.


Final drawings are provided for interior and exterior lighting plans with specific details tailored to the project’s needs. All architectural and decorative lighting products are specified for aesthetics and full functionality with technicalities scheduled, such as, load calculations, load designations for lighting control and scene design and type of light sources used throughout, such as LED, incandescent, fluorescent, and halogen. Custom designed control system controls provide the client with all capabilities tuned to their lifestyle and preferences. Our thorough documentation prepares the contractor(s) for more efficient implementation.


During construction, site visits and consulting are required for us to be current on existing conditions of structural details, to provide any additional or new information for suitable implementation of the design intent.


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