How I Design + Draw Architectural Lighting Plans



Follow along as I design + draw an architectural lighting plan + create the presentation assets for my clients to review. An electrical plan shows the fixture types, switching, receptacle locations and all electrical devices + equipment we need to plan for in our architecture.

Designing it in coordination with the other essential building systems: architectural, structural, mechanical and plumbing affords us the most control in the final outcome. Hidden elements in a project – beams, ductwork, vent stacks – can adversely impact the placement of the visible lighting elements which is why we plan for them in the design process. Drawing and overlaying each helps us to identify conflicts on paper where it’s much more efficient and cost-effective to make changes.
See how the abstract concepts of ambient, task + accent lighting are accounted for and applied in a real-world design of a remote, off-the-grid residential project in Maine, USA.

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http://thirtybyforty.com/blog/architectural-lighting-design

Time stamps to help you navigate:
0:38 Base Plan
1:20 Information You’ll Need
1:39 Three Types of Lighting + How to Layer
2:10 Lay out the Ambient Lighting
3:07 Recessed Spacing Guidelines
6:55 What not to do
8:09 Lighting in Layers
10:19 Mini-lesson on exterior lighting
13:30 Drawing the plan digitally (I use AutoCAD LT 2020, because I like it, it’s really fast and I can make drawings that actually look good. If you want to use Revit, or a pencil + graph paper, they work too!)
15:00 Centerings
16:18 Switching
21:42 Receptacles
24:08 Everything else
25:31 Let’s build this…

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