Lighting is an essential part of every building, and it is one of the most challenging facets of MEP engineering. A smart lighting system does not only provide ample light to the building’s occupants, but it also helps to save energy costs and resources, as well as shape the aesthetics of the building itself. If you want to design a smart lighting system, it’s best to hire an MEP engineer for the job.
This is the most important step in your MEP engineering project. Some engineers add in more elements as they go about the project, and this could work for other simpler systems. However, the results may not be the same for complex systems. Remember, your lighting has to be energy-efficient, environmental-friendly, and aesthetically-pleasing while still able to provide enough illumination to every room and living space. That’s why it’s essential to plan ahead. Before you start, check the layout of the building to see if it can utilize natural light. You may also install an automatic switch-off mechanism instead.
The charm of lighting is that you can use it as an accent, so designing a smart lighting system for an MEP engineering project can sometimes feel like painting on a blank canvas. Lighting does not just involve impressive and eye-catching table lamps or chandeliers but also the slightly hidden recessed spots, uplights, downlights, and strip lights behind wall panels, glass panels, and paintings. Smart lighting design will blend these elements effortlessly, thus creating layers of dimmed and accented lights to give your project a lovely appeal.
A smart lighting system can either be wired or wireless. This has to be decided right at the planning phase. Check to see if there have already been cables from the other elements of the project or if there is still room to add some more wires. The wired system is much better as it is more robust. Although it can cost considerably more, it performance is more consistent, which is something larger buildings require. If adding more wires is too much of an obstruction, then you can opt for a wireless system.
Every system serves users, so they will have to be the central element of your project. From the planning stage, always strive to design something that will save users a lot of time. Refrain from choosing off-the-shelf solutions, as they do not really take into consideration all of the users’ needs. You could consult the users beforehand and see if they prefer a more complicated yet customizable control interface for the best result.
Lighting design projects and MEP engineering complement each other. If you take into account all the basic elements when designing a lighting system, you will make fewer errors later on. However, if you prefer a pristine system with the lowest chance of getting errors, why not give the job to the experts? With our team of well-experienced and highly-motivated MEP engineers, we can give you the best lighting system at the most reasonable prices.