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.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
2 - 4
5 - 7

Common Skill Sets

Indesign Photoshop
Adobe Creative Suite
Microsoft Office

Lighting Designer Seniority Levels

Lighting Designer
Creative Manager
46% made the transition
Design Manager
5% made the transition
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Lighting Designer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$59,691 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $60K
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