Lighting Designers design and plan high-efficiency lighting and control systems for residential, multifamily, institutional, commercial or industrial spaces.
In the realm of the green buildings and energy efficiency industry, Lighting Designers are an integral part of lowering a building's consumption of energy. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in 2020 lighting accounted for about 12% of the commercial sector's total electricity consumption. This is a significant amount of energy and provides an obvious place for energy savings. Commercial buildings are made up of variety of building types including offices, hospitals, schools, police stations, places of worship, warehouses, hotels, and shopping malls. Each of these building types has unique lighting needs. Lighting Designers integrate lighting into the overall building system. They take into account a wide variety of factors including the ability to use natural light, new lighting technology, other building design features, use of the space, and even human behavior. Motion censor lights in public restrooms and classrooms are an example of energy saving lighting designs that the public comes in contact with everyday.
Lighting Designers usually for work for lighting companies or architecture and interior design firms and work very closely with a project team consisting of architects, engineers, construction managers, interior designers etc. Lighting Designers develop lighting plans in conjunction with other building systems and according to customer specifications, safety concerns, federal, state, and local building codes.