What does a Lighting Designer 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.

What responsibilities are common for Lighting Designer jobs?
  • Install and maintain roadway lighting equipment, including poles, load centers, electric services underground and overhead cables, and any other associated equipment.
  • Work closely with other teams to keep workflows and quality consistent across all environments.
  • Perform preventive maintenance inspections as required, including cleaning optical systems, replacing lamps, cables, adjusting poles and fixtures.
  • Assist traffic signal staff and perform related work as required.
  • Assist in manage and mentoring fellow lighting artists, create tutorials, share techniques, and draft documentation to grow the teams knowledge.
What are the typical qualifications for Lighting Designer jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in electrical engineering or chemical engineering.
  • Advanced knowledge of pipeline design and management.
  • Solid rendering and project design abilities.
  • Strong collaboration and problem-solving skills.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and CAD design programs.
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Lighting Designer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$59,691 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$43K
Median: $60K
$83K
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Lighting Designer Career Path

Learn how to become a Lighting Designer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Lighting Designer
$59,691/yr
L3
L2

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
14%
2 - 4
36%
5 - 7
18%
8+
32%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Lighting Designer Insights

Read what Lighting Designer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
CubedotsCubedots
Senior Lighting Artist
Aug 26, 2021

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

Lighting Design
Associate Lighting Designer
Jul 30, 2021

“Good Hours and Compensation.”

OFFICE FOR VISUAL INTERACTIONOFFICE FOR VISUAL INTERACTION
Lighting Designer
Oct 15, 2020

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

Axis StudiosAxis Studios
Lighting Artist
Aug 5, 2021

“Work and life balance is terrible.”

CGCGCGCG
Lighting Artist
May 6, 2020

“Mild salary and compensation.”

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.”

MPCMPC
Lighting Artist
Jan 8, 2021

“Less Salary compared to industry standards”

FreelancerFreelancer
Lighting Designer
Feb 6, 2021

“Own time is great to have”

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Lighting Designer Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Lighting Designer

When working as a Lighting Designer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Indesign Photoshop, Revit, AutoCAD, LEED and bacnet.

The most similar professions to Lighting Designer are:
  • Creative Designer
  • Design Manager
  • Creative Manager
  • Designer

The most common qualifications to become a Lighting Designer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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