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INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting
04-02-2008, 01:46 AM
Here are some overview pictures of the job I just picked up as a result of a recent article in the paper:

It includes a full boathouse interior and exterior system, a full residence interior and exterior system, and a full outdoor landscape system.

Happy day!

Lite4
04-02-2008, 02:10 AM
Wow, what a fun project that will be. Good for you James.

David Gretzmier
04-02-2008, 04:33 PM
James- It looks like times are good up north. good luck with both projects in your threads ! O Canada !

sprinkler guy
04-03-2008, 05:01 AM
Looks like it it will be an awesome project. How long will something like this take James? I know you've mentioned in the past you have one full time guy besides yourself, but that still sounds like a lot of work for two dudes. A lot of fun work, but a lot none the less.

INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting
04-03-2008, 08:53 AM
Sean, on interior projects I do a design, spec. and quote and then contract it with the client. In that I allocate man-hours per fixture installed. Much the same as most of us do with outdoor lighitng.

In any case, there are a LOT of variables on an integrated project such as this. There will be at least a couple of hundred man hours on the interior installation alone. Lots of co-ordination between trades too. Sometimes the trips to site and project manangment hours can get out of hand, but there is a clause in my contract to handle that. As the days get longer here so do the hours we work.... 80 hour work weeks are not unheard of throughout the summer for me.

Integrated projects are a big challenge, but the results are awesome... being able to extend your vision and creativity throughout a project and extending it into the landscape is fun and rewarding.

moonlighting
04-09-2008, 10:24 PM
Wow, what a fantastic project James... you were not kidding when you said you had a ton on the books this season! have fun with this one.

jason

pete scalia
04-09-2008, 10:37 PM
80 hour work weeks are not unheard of throughout the summer for me.

Does this mean you won't be spending time here (I hope)?:dancing:

TXNSLighting
03-21-2009, 02:09 AM
Bringing up a classic here, but did you ever finish this job James??

INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting
03-21-2009, 02:23 AM
Bringing up a classic here, but did you ever finish this job James??

Ryan, believe it or not this job is just in the final stages of interior trim! The client has made a lot of changes including changing all of the interior walls and ceiling trim to a custom milled, wide board, antique willow. We are just waiting for them to finish the ceilings and then will be in to install lamps and trims. They should be moving in by June or so. The lanscape lighitng has yet to be designed and will probably be a July project.

I will be sure to take photos when this one is done.

TXNSLighting
03-22-2009, 12:58 PM
wow! Good times there. Some people change their mind way to much. I bet it is fantastic looking tho. Cant wait to see.

msouthard
03-22-2009, 07:18 PM
Looks like a great project James, did you get the interior lighting as well? Good luck with it. Its good to hear there are still some nice things happening out there.

INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting
03-22-2009, 09:50 PM
Looks like a great project James, did you get the interior lighting as well? Good luck with it. Its good to hear there are still some nice things happening out there.

Thanks Mike. I am doing 100% of the lighting on this project. Interior (Turn Key), Exterior, Landscape, Boat House.

This is actually my very last 'Turn Key' Interior project. Since I have started James Solecki Lighting Design Inc. (JSLDesign) I have ceased doing turn key interiors. I now offer a full design/specification/consultaion service for interior work and things are going much better! I currently have 7 custom interiors under development. I am able to take on more work, be more responsive and helpful to the process, and the builders and electricians are actually happy to work with me. My current model is much better for everyone.

There are still some awesome projects out there. I am in the midst of a multi-year residential project that is seeing the client spend over $30 million on the development! I have noticed a marked decline in new foundations since October, but there is a lot of finishing work yet to do out there.

msouthard
03-23-2009, 08:23 PM
Sounds like a great way to go (complete lighting design and specifications) and glad to know that things are still going well there. Do you do much with interior step lights? We dont sell them, but just curious as to what brand you specify as I used another company in my house. I forget what light bulb they use, but its 120 volt and they dont last long. One of my reps sent me some 240 volt bulbs to use but I havent tried them yet. I am thinking down the road of going to LED for these as they come on with a photocell and are on all night long.

INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting
03-24-2009, 12:02 AM
Hey Mike. For Interior Step Lights I like the Lumux product. SL632-SS to be precise. It also comes in AL with powdercoat if the stainless steel doesnt match your decor. You can specify it as a T10 (there are halogen lamps in T10 now), or as a LV, or LED. I use the T10 for interiors to keep things simple.

http://lumux.com/details.php?gid=247&sgid=&nav=p&pid=765

Regards

Eden Lights
03-24-2009, 03:02 AM
Thanks Mike. I am doing 100% of the lighting on this project. Interior (Turn Key), Exterior, Landscape, Boat House.

This is actually my very last 'Turn Key' Interior project. Since I have started James Solecki Lighting Design Inc. (JSLDesign) I have ceased doing turn key interiors. I now offer a full design/specification/consultaion service for interior work and things are going much better! I currently have 7 custom interiors under development. I am able to take on more work, be more responsive and helpful to the process, and the builders and electricians are actually happy to work with me. My current model is much better for everyone.

There are still some awesome projects out there. I am in the midst of a multi-year residential project that is seeing the client spend over $30 million on the development! I have noticed a marked decline in new foundations since October, but there is a lot of finishing work yet to do out there.

James, Its good to hear about your design business that includes interiors. We are doing more and more interior work so I have a few questions. How are you quoting your services? By the hour + expenses only, by the sqft, or what? What software are you using? Can use post some of your designs with fixtures schedules? Are you providing keypad layouts and control plans? What is your favorite can and trim? Favorite trim finish? Just curious to see how your proceeding so I can get a few pointers, Thanks

INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting
03-24-2009, 09:27 AM
For most projects I have been working on time + expenses. This seems to be going well, although make sure you have a strong "Design Services Contract" going into any deal. I got burnt in January. Never again. On occassion, for a relatively small job, I would base the fee on a percentage of the total project cost, just like an architect would. I would not feel comfortable quoting a sq. foot cost for design work.

I have not been using any CAD software up until recently. I just bought TurboCAD Deluxe 15, but like most CAD the learning curve is steep. I am not using any Lighting Specific CAD like AGI32 as it is not really required IMO to do the work I am doing. Remember we are NOT lighting engineers, and as such you should not jump into that realm unless you are both qualified and insured for such work.

Sorry, but I am not going to post any of my interior designs or fixture schedules. I will however take photos of some jobs as they are finished. Right now many are still underconstruction and most builds are taking 1.5 to 2 years at this level.

I do not do lighting automation. If the client wan't sophisticated lighting control I will refer them to a specialist in this area. You cannot know everything about everything and Lighting Controls is a very intensive field that deserves a specialist. If no central lighitng control system, then I do assist with dimming and switching specifications and layouts.

My Favourite line of recessed housing and trims are by Contrast Lighting, specifically the 3000E series. The trims are the best in the industry in terms of variety and finish variety, and they are a Canadian Company too. Eureka Lighting is my 2nd choice. I would put Halo as #3 and Iris by Halo as #4. So far, I am a Contrast man. My fav. trim finish is -11 (Flat White). We then have the trims custom painted on site to perfectly match the ceiling colour. -07 (antique brass) is the best for natural wood ceilings.

Have a great day.