We all accept the practical importance of light, but we must also appreciate its creative potential. The right lighting can make or break a project and be the difference between a dull, boring space and one that is sparkling with life. Good design will enhance functionality, ambiance and ultimately your enjoyment of your interior and exterior spaces.

The light designer, Richard Kelly, conceived of “three elemental kinds of light”:

  • 1. Focal Glow (make it easier to see)
  • 2. Ambient Luminescence (make surroundings safe and reassuring)
  • 3. Brilliants (stimulate the spirit)

A FEELING for light and lighting starts with visual imagination, just as a painter’s talent does. Think of the creation of a water-colour rendering– First, major highlights are imagined– then, graded washes of different luminosity are added and– then, the detail of minor light play makes the idea clear and entertains the eye.

In front of the mind’s eye are three elements in the perceptions of visual design-three elemental kinds of light effect which can be related to the art of painting for easier visualisation: (1) Focal glow or highlight. (2) Ambient luminescence or graded washes. (3) Play of brilliants or sharp detail. These three elements are also the order of imaginative planning.

-Richard Kelley


As a professional architectural lighting designer, (LC-Lighting Certified), (IALD), and Electrical Engineer, I produce innovative, well considered solutions that meet the lighting requirements and truly enhance the space. A lighting designer functions as an engineer, artist and advocate who provides both interior and exterior lighting design solutions. They understand the role of lighting in architecture and interior design and rely on their extensive experience and knowledge of lighting equipment and systems to enhance and strengthen design.

In developing a concept that works as an integral part of the architecture of the space, attention to the design requirements, energy efficiency, ease of operation and the maintenance of the overall lighting scheme is important to the overall project’s success.


A Lighting Certified designer (LC) and IALD professional lighting designer is needed to assure the wide array of roles and responsibilities of a lighting design are met.

There was a day when it was appropriate for contractors or architects to fulfil the role of lighting designer, but the rapidly changing landscape of modern lighting design demands that a dedicated professional be enlisted to fulfil the roles and to execute the duties inherent to lighting design.

A professional lighting designer’s primary goal is to properly illuminate the project’s built environment with the most energy efficient and aesthetically pleasing lighting system possible. I can tailor a design service to suit your needs and budget, from advising on individual light fixtures, to a complete lighting design, product recommendations and assistance with the installation process.