What does a Lighting Artist do?

Lighting designers design and plan lighting and electrical systems while working in collaboration with interior designers, engineers, or architects and design products for residential, commercial, or industrial sites. They often work for lighting companies or architecture or interior design firms, and when servicing clients, they sometimes work for a large venue and design lighting for its events. Lighting designers visit project sites to assess and analyze them and communicate extensively with clients to identify their lighting desires and needs. They often do this with a team of electrical engineers to assist in surveying the site.

Lighting designers design a plan for the site, keeping customer specifications in mind and assessing the site and any safety concerns. They remain mindful of state and local energy building codes and act as liaisons between clients and engineering departments throughout the design process. They stay mindful of the project budget and collect all expense receipts to track the budget. Lighting designers are also on site during the installation of lighting and electrical systems they have designed and need a bachelor's degree in architecture, electrical engineering, or related fields.

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EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.3 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Lighting Artist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$55,984 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $56K
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Lighting Artist Career Path

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Lighting Artist Insights

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Senior Lighting Artist
Aug. 26, 2021

“i highly recommend cubedots as it is one of the best companies is came across.”

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Set Lighting Technician
Jul. 12, 2020

“The pay is great and there is a high chance you get to continually work with people you enjoy being around.”

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Associate Lighting Designer
Jul. 30, 2021

“Good Hours and Compensation.”

Lighting Designer
Oct. 15, 2020

“Lots of great projects and an amazing team to collaborate with.”

Lighting Artist
May 6, 2020

“Mild salary and compensation.”

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Lighting Artist
Aug. 5, 2021

“Work and life balance is terrible.”

Decorating Elves
Hanging Lights
Mar. 22, 2021

“12 because I had an unplanned trip to surprise my best friend for his 20th birthday and was denied time off once again.”

Lighting Artist
Jan. 8, 2021

“Less Salary compared to industry standards”

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