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Your Ideas, Our Design, Uncompromised.

Grand Light specializes in assisting a project’s design team in designing, engineering, and manufacturing aesthetically pleasing, energy efficient, and practical solutions for historic and commercial properties.

Operating nationally, Grand Light’s lighting design services include:

    • Comprehensive survey of existing building and site lighting
    • Architectural lighting design projects, including universities, hotels, and churches
    • Exterior facade lighting for new and historic buildings as well as monuments
    • Landscape and site lighting
    • Computer modeling, rendering, and drawings
    • Lighting control design and programming

Our expertise ranges from specialist creative architectural lighting design for interior and external spaces of all kinds of buildings. Our project portfolio covers every sector, including commercial, government, education, religious, hospitality and transport hubs.

Grand Light believes lighting is the single most important element to ensure the success of a designed space. Lighting should accentuate architectural features while elevating the space. Grand Light also offers evaluations and recommendations to advance the project’s goals or completion.

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Site Survey & Analysis

Our Capabilities Include:

Site Evaluations

Historic fixtures are individually inspected and documented during a site survey. Typically, a site evaluation involves an on-site visit to examine, identify, and document the existing condition and all mechanical, electrical, and finish deficiencies of each lighting fixture
Site evaluations are common with large-scale restoration projects, and provide key insight into project cost projection, operation and maintenance considerations, design and construction principles, and required restoration processes.

What Your On-Site Evaluation Includes:

  • 2 Day Max On-Site with 1-2 Grand Light Specialists
  • + 2 Weeks Turnaround For Detailed Condition Report
  • Hands-on Analysis
  • Exceptional Client Communication

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Information Collected:

  • Project Cost Projection
  • Operation and Maintenance Considerations
  • Design and Construction Principles 
  • Recommended Restoration Processes
  • Type and Size of Fixture
  • Number of Fixtures
  • Number of Lamps per Fixture
  • Number of Lamps per Ballast
  • Type of Lamps and Ballasts
  • Fixture Condition (Finish, Mechanical, Electrical)
  • Unique Fixture Types or Physical Features
  • Fixture Mounting Conditions
  • Room/Location Aesthetics and Design
  • Existing On-Site Conditions







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Condition Report

Grand Light condition reports include inventory of any damaged or missing components or glass, noticeable structural deficiencies, electrical assessment, material analysis, and finish conditions.

Grand Light also provides photographic and line generated drawings to represent how components fit together and highlight sections and elevations showing the assembled components, or an exploded view showing the relationship between components and how they fit together.

What Your Condition Report Includes:

  • Project Cost Projection
  • Operation and Maintenance Considerations
  • Design and Construction Principles
  • Recommended Restoration Processes
  • Type and Size of Fixture
  • Number of Fixtures
  • Number of Lamps per Fixture

  • Number of Lamps per Ballast
  • Type of Lamps
  • Type of Ballasts
  • Fixture Condition (Finish, Mechanical, and Electrical Inspection)
  • Unique Fixture Types or Physical Features
  • Fixture Mounting Conditions
  • Room/Location Aesthetics and Design
  • Existing On-Site Conditions








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Formal Proposal

Grand Light's formal project proposals include all work and recommendations generated during survey and condition report feedback. These proposals are detailed documents which outline project summery, objectives, technical approach, allotted deliveries/pick-ups, budgetary options, special qualifications, terms and conditions. Our proposals are often supplemented by illustrations including photographs, drawings, diagrams, and schedules.
Grand Light provides on-call support with our dedicated project management team, consisting of project managers and support staff, to assist in any questions, concerns, reviews, and documentation. We believe an honest line of communication and transparency enables our team to stay ahead of your project and quickly identify any potential issues that may impact budgets, schedules, and designs.




What Your Formal Proposal Includes:

  • Recommended Restoration Processes
  • Projected Cost
  • Terms and Conditions
  • On-Call Project Managers for Review and Questions
  • Budgetary Revisions with Alternative Options
  • Delivery, Pick-Up, and Transportation
  • Project Specific/Special Qualifications

Specification Development

Our Capabilities Include:

Historical Research & Generating Scope of Work

To specify the scope of work required for a project, Grand Light carefully considers all provided information in addition to meticulous historical studies.
For new replications of existing and non-existing lighting, work shall include complete studies of photographs, drawings, and available historic information; allowing concise preparation and design of engineering drawings with complete bills of materials for the fabrication of each fixture.
Completed fixtures shall meet all applicable codes, NEC guidelines and UL procedures in accordance with the electrical contractor prior to installation.
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Cleaning, Handling, Labeling, Removal & Installation

Grand Light’s on-site capabilities are often an essential part of the restoration & custom lighting process. Grand Light specialists strive to ensure historic lighting fixtures are removed, cleaned, repaired, packed, transported, and installed in the safest and most conscientious methods possible.

Our approach puts our customers first, with flexible on-site service scheduling offered at the clients convenience and without causing any disruption to daily activities. Work areas are left in the same manner it was found prior to leaving a site.

We recommend job-specific handling, labeling and transportation rules to avoid potentially hazardous situations or damage to personnel, property, or equipment. All loose components, damages/deficiencies, and component placement/alignment must be adequately labeled and/or documented prior to removal.

Grand Light’s On-Site Cleaning Specialists utilize leading technology, decades of experience, and an unwavering commitment in providing superior historic lighting restoration results to our clients. Our specialists have a thorough understanding and extensive experience in cleaning a variety of surfaces including metal, wood, marble, plaster, and crystal using proprietary cleaning solutions and advanced ultrasonic technology.

Our On-Site Services Include:

• Cleaning
• Crating
• Installation
• Temporary Fixtures
• Testing
• Removal
• Transportation
• Survey
• Packing

Submittals

Grand Light refers to contract bid documents and survey condition reports in addition to shop drawings, product data, samples, and submission procedures in generating a comprehensive submittal package. Our submittals include work scope supplemented with in-depth analysis of existing pre-restoration conditions, computer models/renderings, and lighting control design/programming.
For custom replicated fixtures, Grand Light submits shop drawings indicating all details of mechanical and electrical construction.
For existing luminaires Grand Light provides shop drawings for structural modifications only indicating the project name, manufacturer, all materials, finishes, lamping, voltage, ballast information and mounting details.
Samples of shades, glass diffuser material, metals and metal finish samples are submitted for approval prior to proceeding with mock-ups.

 

Techniques, Procedures, & Processes

All Techniques and procedures are job-specific and generated based upon existing conditions, scope, materials, design intent, historic data, safety and general provisions.

Completed fixtures shall conform with all UL requirements and be labeled.
Our capabilities include research for historical accuracy, drawings, mock-ups, metal fabrication, polishing, painting, hot and cold patina application, welding, abrasive blasting, refinishing metal components, glass fabrication, replacing all electrical components, rewiring and testing in accordance with UL standards.

Our techniques, procedures, and processes include the following:

Engineering

Our engineering capabilities include: customer consultation, concept sketches, drawings, and mock-ups.

Electrical Overview

Our electrical capabilities include: inspection/documentation, retrofits, wiring methods, and UL Testing.

Mechanical Overview

Our mechanical capabilities include: inspection/documentation, metal fabrication, glass fabrication, soldering, and welding.

Crystal Restoration

Our crystal restoration capabilities include: crystal cleaning, pinning, repair, and replacement.

Finishing Processes

Our finishing capabilities include: surface preparation, painting, polishing, patina application, and protective coatings.

Qualifications & Past Performance Requirements

The Grand Light Difference extends beyond the restoration and manufacturing processes. Our word is our commitment and we strive to earn your trust. 
Work on historic lighting performed by Grand Light is backed by decades of experience and qualification. Upon request, we shall provide proof of comparable restoration and replication projects completed by personnel skilled in the processes and operations indicated. These requirements may include: Restoration Skills Demonstrated, Client Testimonials & Recommendations, Materials & Methods Used.
New and restored historic light fixtures and assembled components shall be wired and tested in accordance with UL standards. 

 Why Choose Grand Light 

  • Long Standing History of Successful, Award Winning Projects
  • Dedicated, Full-Time Project Management & Engineering Team
  • Artisans and Specialists with Decades of Experience
  • Extensive Background in Restoration, Manufacturing, and Design
  • Understanding of Large and Small Projects
  • Exceptional Client Communication and Customer Service
  • Committed to Safety without Compromise
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Custom Lighting Solutions

Our Capabilities Include:

Retrofits & Energy Efficient Improvements

Grand Light has over a decade of experience implementing various custom lighting solutions for a variety of clients including government, religious, educational and cultural institutions, architects, electrical contractors, and designers. We pride ourselves on preserving the historic integrity of a fixture, while upgrading an existing lighting system with brighter, more efficient lighting.

Your electricity bill is largely based on your energy consumption. Older bulbs, such as incandescent bulbs, are proven to use more energy but produce less light than an LED retrofit. Retrofitting your existing fixtures can be a cost effective way to improve the performance of a luminaire without the costs of replacing it. In general, having historic lighting fixtures retrofitted may make the most sense to drastically decrease electric bills, energy consumption and increase the overall brightness of a room.

Energy efficient retrofitting capabilities increase the lighting quality of an area while minimizing total energy consumption. Retrofitting consists of updating the lighting element, wiring, and components, with the intent of improving energy consumption and reducing maintenance costs. When incandescent lamps are upgraded with an LED retrofit, the result is a room that is up to (3) times brighter, savings up to 80% in annual(recurring) energy costs, and extended operational lifespan.


Savings can also be achieved through the implementation of energy efficient lamps, photocells, motion detectors, and light lifts. All of these, often in combination, can significantly reduce operating costs and provide long term return on investment.

To calculate how much energy your light bulbs consume, Grand Light considers a bulb’s wattage, which is the amount of electrical energy a bulb uses, as well as how many lumens, or the amount of light, it gives off. Consumption, or the energy efficiency piece of this equation, is calculated by multiplying the amount of time a bulb is operated, in hours, by its wattage, in kilowatts (kW). To calculate this for yourself, please reference the following equation:

Wattage (kilowatts) x Operating Time (hours) = Energy Consumed (kWh)

UL Testing and Labeling Lab

Grand Light exceeds both the regional and national requirements set by the Underwriters Laboratory™ in UL code compliance restoration work and the custom lighting industry. We are accredited to perform both testing and labeling in our factory in compliance with UL 1598.
Utilizing only UL listed products, Grand Light strives to ensure only the highest standards go into finalizing each lighting fixture; from the rewiring of luminaires, to the installation of modern lamp technology, and the custom conversion of gas powered fixtures to electric.
Our standard practice includes performing multiple UL testing on all electrical components and systems to ensure the highest safety and quality standards for both restored and custom manufactured lighting fixtures. Once tested, all fixtures, systems, and materials receive dedicated UL Labeling certifying adherence under UL general UL performance requirements. Inspections by UL are performed quarterly at our facility.

 

 

Our Types of Drawings Include:

Assembly & Component Drawings

During on-site survey, all existing fixtures are thoroughly photographed and documented. Based off of these findings, Grand Light provides photographic and line generated drawings. These profile drawings are used to represent how the components fit together and may highlight sections and elevations showing the assembled components, or an exploded view showing the relationship between components and how they fit together. Photographic and line generated profiles may be drawn by hand, prepared using computer-aided design software or a combination of the both.

Shop Drawings

For custom designed and replicated fixtures, Grand Light submits shop drawings indicating proposed assembly and fabrication of structural elements, and the installation of materials. Our shop drawings generally relate to pre-fabricated components, showing how they should be manufactured or installed.

Grand Light engineers review design intent drawings, specifications, and documentation (sketches, drawings, photographs or an on-site inspection) to prepare drawings detailing how the components will actually be manufactured, fabricated, assembled or installed. Using software such as AutoCad or Solidworks, Grand Light’s drawings serve as the blueprint for our production process.

All drawings are submitted for review by the project design team prior to fabrication to verify that they comply with design drawings and specification and to ensure that different packages of work and components are properly coordinated. Samples of shades, glass diffuser material, metals and metal finish samples may be submitted for approval prior to proceeding with fabrication and/or mock-ups.

 

What Our Drawings Can Detail:

• Structural Modifications
• Materials
• Lamping
• Assembly
• Quantities
• Ballast Information
• Damages/Deficiencies
• Finishes
• Voltage
• Mounting Details
• Dimensions
• Special Provisions

Budget Orientated Alternatives

Grand Light understands the challenges that come with budget oriented projects. We offer significant product alternatives to accommodate both a restrictive budget as well as demanding conditions.

Fabrication Method:

With any new fabrication project comes plenty of planning, challenges, critical decisions and efficiencies to strive for. Before you budget your next fabrication project, Grand Light personnel can help provide a full grasp on the different manufacturing and replication processes (e.g. lost-wax vs sandcast molding) to consider, and how you can optimize each step of the process for cost reduction, timeliness and efficacy.

Material:

Our specialists can provide recommended material budgets which calculate the cost of particular materials (e.g. brass vs steel) that must be purchased for use in production while still fulfilling the requirements (durability, longevity, finish options) of the project's expectations.

Design:

Grand Light engineers can assist by analyzing existing plans and specs, and propose similar-in-kind stock components to help reduce fabrication, tooling, and molding costs.

Additionally, choosing between alternative LED lighting solutions, such as retrofitting existing lighting fixtures through simple screw-in options or retrofit kits, each come with their own pros and cons of each option in four key areas: Cost, ease of installation, performance, and maintenance.

 

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We like to keep our clients involved as we work for them, and keep them informed of our progress.  It’s important to us that a client who has entrusted us with a restoration be comfortable with the work we do for them; therefore, we make ourselves available to them at all times – ensuring complete satisfaction from beginning to end.  Please use our Contact Form or call us at 1-800-922-1469 to discuss your needs.

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