RTM Engineering Consultants recently released a guide titled, “5 Key Factors in Lighting Design” that details key factors playing a critical role in any lighting design project. The team at RTM leverages years of expertise in designing the lighting and power systems for a multitude of applications, ranging from hospital operating rooms to industrial warehouses. We take a proactive approach to the process of guiding clients through a rich assortment of vendors and products, assuring they find the right equipment to fit their facilities’ operational needs.
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The first step of any lighting design project is to understand the owner’s goals and requirements for the space. Outlining the determining factors from construction cost, to energy efficiency and sustainability goals, as well as safety and security requirements can play a critical role in the success of the project. Failure to draft and review these project requirements upfront can result in costly redesigns, and/or construction delays.
Because most lighting fixtures have an IES computer file that can be used with lighting software, this makes it easier to model and calculate lighting levels for particular fixtures. When designing using the IES modeling software, a lighting professional should use a fixture’s maintained lumens instead of initial lumens. Although the initial lumens value is much higher, lighting output in any fixture will decrease over time, so the maintained value will act as a more accurate prediction for the output throughout the lifespan of that fixture. It is important that the IES file being used matches the configuration and options used for each lighting fixture.
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