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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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Historic Survey

Grand Light offers an extensive array of lighting products. Do not let yourself get overwhelmed by all the choices. We have the professional staff to help you choose the lighting you need. Our design team will assist you through every step of the decision making process. Lighting is the jewelry in your home and a fixture choice should not be rushed. We are only happy when you are completely satisfied.

You can count on us to provide the selection of fixtures, to layout design, to installation, and more. We’ll even come right to your door and provide a quote with our on-site service. Our team is waiting to make your decision easy.

Our survey 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
 
 

 

Featured Project



An Ivy League school required the restoration of the historic interior and exterior lighting fixtures, including chandeliers, wall sconces, pendant lights, and lanterns. An extensive on-site survey was conducted by Grand Light specialists to determine and document the existing finish, mechanical, and electrical condition of each fixture.

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Got a lighting project but don't know where to begin? Looking for an invaluable resource to enhance the success of a project while avoiding costly surprises? Check out our Historic Lighting Evaluation Report SAMPLE and Contact Us for an on-site visit and fixture survey to get started.

 

Condition Report

Condition report to include inventory of any damaged or missing components or glass, noticeable structural deficiencies, electrical assessment, material analysis, and finish conditions.

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

 




Got a lighting project but don't know where to begin? Looking for an invaluable resource to enhance the success of a project while avoiding costly surprises? Check out our Chandelier Condition Report SAMPLE and Contact Us for an on-site visit and fixture survey to get started.


Formal Proposal

Generate a formal proposal to include all work and recommendations evaluated in survey.




What Your Formal Proposal Includes:

  • Recommended Restoration Processes
  • Projected Cost
  • Terms and Conditions
  • On-Call Project Managers for Review and Questions
  • Bugetery Revisions with Alternative Options
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Specification Development

Description 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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Quality Assurance

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.
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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Submittals

Grand Light refers to contract bid documents regarding shop drawings, product data, samples, and submission procedures.
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.

 

Historic Lighting Energy Efficient Retrofitting

Light Energy Calculation

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. 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. 

To calculate how much energy your light bulbs consume, Grand Light considers a bulb’s wattage as well as how many lumens it gives off. In essence, “watt” refers to how much electrical energy a bulb uses as it produces light, where “lumens” are the amount of light produced.


Take for example, the difference between a typical Incandescent light vs. an LED bulb, shown below.
incandescent vs led bulb wattage and lumen comparison chart
Consumption, or the energy efficiency piece of this equation, is calculated by multiplying the amount of time a bulb is operated by its wattage, in kilowatts (kW). To convert a bulb’s wattage to kilowatts is a simple calculation. 1 W = 1,000 kW, so to go from W (watts) to kW (kilowatts), divide by 1,000. 
Compare the energy consumption of both light bulbs if they both were hypothetically operating for 100 hours. The light output and operation time remains the same, but the LED retrofit consumed 5.3 kWh less than the Incandescent bulb. 

incandescent vs led bulb energy comparison chart

Lighting Quality and Energy Efficiency Criteria





Grand Light’s energy efficient retrofitting capabilities increase the lighting quality of an area while minimizing energy consumption. The historic outer appearance of a fixture remains the same while the interior lighting system is upgraded to a brighter and more efficient model. When incandescent lamps are switched with an LED retrofit, the result is a room that is 3x brighter and uses half the electrical energy than before. Grand Light is ready to help you make the switch to a lighting system which pays itself off in energy savings within a few years.
incandescent vs led bulb energy efficiency comparison

Custom Lighting Replication Services

Virtual Imaging

Grand Light’s custom lighting capabilities include research for historic accuracy, drawings, mock-ups, metal and glass fabrication, abrasive blasting, polishing, painting, hot and cold patina application, welding, replacing all electrical components, rewiring and testing in accordance with UL standard.
The creation of custom drawings and imaging is an important part of the process when it comes to the production of custom lighting. Grand Light engineers review existing documentation involving sketches, drawings, photographs or an on-site inspection prior to the development of any drawings. Using software such as AutoCad or Solidworks, Grand Light’s drawings serve as the blueprint for our production process. Our goal is to create the most informative sample in the least amount of time, and at the least cost.
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Got a lighting project but don't know where to begin? Looking for an invaluable resource to enhance the success of a project while avoiding costly surprises? Check out our Custom Lighting Resource Book and Contact Us for an on-site visit and fixture survey to get started.

UL Testing and Labeling Lab

Following all virtual imaging processes, drawings provide lighting designers a set of rules governing fixture structure and lighting performance.
Grand Light considers and incorporates both the regional and national requirements set by the Underwriters Laboratory™. Our standard practice is to perform multiple UL tests on all electrical components and systems to ensure compliance with UL luminaries Standards. 
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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. 
Our most widely used alternative is in steel. Steel has several inherent advantages that other metals do not. It is durable, flexible and cost efficient, while offering lightweight structural stability. Because of its flexibility, steel is easy to form, bond and finish, making it a budget-friendly alternative without losing quality.  
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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.

For assistance in preparing a specification for historic lighting restoration, please review the documents provided.

We’d love to hear about your project.  Let us know how we can help.

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