home design

5 quick questions with Ben! by Madeleine Roff

1)   What made you start your career in lighting?

It all began when I was approached to completely redesign the lighting for a church hall. I’d never done anything like that before but gave the design a lot of thought, fitted it, and then the best part came… when they saw the lighting design fitted. Their faces absolutely lit up and it made me realise that by transforming their lighting, it had created enjoyment and it genuinely made a difference to them. That’s what got me into it, and why I continue to do what I do. 

2)   Is there a particular style of lighting that you love?

There isn’t one favourite style I have, but I do love working on modern and contemporary designs. Saying that, I love the challenge of an older, Edwardian or Victorian house and mixing the elements of old with new – that can be really interesting to do in terms of designing. 

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3)   Which lighting features do you like working with?

A favourite of mine has to be highlighting specific parts of a room, such as paintings and bare brick chimney breasts. I love how these elements can be brought to life by lighting, it really can transform a room!

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4)   What is the best part of creating a lighting design?

It’s got to be when it’s completed and you see the expression on the customers faces – that’s what it’s all about. It’s also a great part for me as I spend a long time designing and working on each lighting design so to see the completed product is always rewarding. 

5)   What’s a benefit of having a lighting design?

A lighting design can completely transform a room by creating different scenes. It also lights up the space much better than a standard pendant would and it’s more efficient. There are so many more benefits, but that’s just a few of the top reasons. Our previous blog tells you some of the other benefits too!

We hope you’ve enjoyed getting behind the scenes and hearing from our designer himself. If you’re interested in chatting about a lighting design for your home, then get in touch and speak with Ben today!

The 4 simple steps to bespoke lighting! by Madeleine Roff

Getting a piece of lighting designed sounds like a lengthy and confusing, or perhaps unknown, process… so we’re going to talk you through the four simple steps.

1)    Let’s start with all the information

During the initial meeting, the designer will speak with you to talk through your plans and discuss the project in detail with you. It’s the perfect chance for us to view the room where it will be and see the amount of natural daylight, the size of the space, and the current materials in the room. The more information we can gather at this stage, the better the end product will be!

 2)    Let the planning commence!

Now we have seen the space and understand the room, it’s time for us to create and prepare a full set of lighting plans, a specification and detailed quote for you. This will include all the light fittings, lamps, transformers, drivers and controls and will take around 15 working days to create from the receipt of all relevant information. We’ll use the information we spoke about in the initial meeting to provide you with the full technical specification as well as the exact location of all fittings, the type of lamps, engines and lenses used.

3) Time to start installing!

Now everything’s been planned and created… it’s time for us to actually install the lighting! Our team are qualified NICEIC Approved Contractors meaning we are able to install the light safely for you and also carry out the final safety checks which saves you time and finding someone else to do this. 

4)    Last but not least…

Commissioning a lighting scheme is an integral part of any lighting design. Your designer can come and visit the site at the end of your project to ensure the lighting is as designed, as well as ensure everything has been installed to it’s best advantage and can help set up a control system if needed. 

We hope this has helped you understand how the process works. If you would be interested in chatting with the team further, just get in touch today, we'll be happy to chat with you.

Why should I get a bespoke light designed? by Madeleine Roff

A lot of people don’t understand the true benefits and advantages of having a light designed, so we’re here to give some understanding!

Lighting designers will make you a bespoke piece that nobody else will have. Who wouldn’t want that?! The designer will be able to choose the best size, material, and style depending on the room and space making it perfect for you.

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Designers have a lot of knowledge and a creative eye, meaning they’ll be able to achieve whatever your aim, whether it be an eco-friendly or energy saving light, to illuminating certain aspects of a room, or to have the latest technology. Although high street shops may have staff instore to advise, lighting designers will have very in-depth and rich knowledge around the design aspect which is key.

In terms of investment, it may cost more than a light from a high street store, however the quality of materials and longevity will likely be greater in a bespoke piece. Also, if you choose to sell your house at any point, lighting is a key influence when potential buyers view a property, so you want the lighting to be maximised… even if you’re planning on taking the light with you!

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There’s often something missing or not quite right when you buy a light from a high street store and fit it in your home, but that can be avoided when you are a part of the design process. Also, with the knowledge of the designer they will be able to hear exactly what you want and can then achieve it.

Within BPL, Ben has gained a diploma in Interior Design from the National Design Academy, which led him to specialise in lighting design. Jackie also studied Interior Design at the NDA as well as Point of Sale Design and Graphics at College. Ben is a fully qualified electrician as is Luke so if you chose BPL we could not only design the light, but also fit it – we’re a one stop shop!

If you are interested in finding out more, get in touch with the team and we can chat through the process and answer any questions you may have.