Last Friday in Part 1 of our series, we displayed a few examples of drawings, floor plans and virtual drawings that are great options of pictures to send our Design Team for our FREE design services.Today introduces part 2 of our series with the final and easiest option to send in:
Another option when using our design services for your next project is to take actual pictures of your space. That’s right, if you don’t have fancy artistic skills or the spec sheets of your kitchen, you can simply snap a photo with your camera or cell phone and send it in. If possible, the best type of photo to send us is a picture of your entire kitchen. Below is a perfect example of this.
- We can easily see how all the cabinets are laid out and see the gaps; such as the window and hood range.
Of course, all kitchens are different and customers don’t always have the ability to take one picture of their whole kitchen. If that is the case, then it is best to take a picture of each side or portion of the kitchen. The two photos below are great examples of pictures where you can easily see all cabinets where the lighting will be placed. They are both of the same kitchen, just opposite sides of the room.
Sending in pictures to the design team can really help speed up the design process and helps our designers make the best possible lighting decisions for your space. There are certain types of pictures that are not as helpful for us and we would like to clarify what these look like.
- Sometimes too many pictures does more harm than good, and can become confusing.
- Try to only send in relevant pictures of the specific area where the lighting is going to be.
The picture above is a great kitchen example, except the dimensions of the cabinets are the wrong measurements. The lights at Inspired LED are installed on each individual cabinet. Instead of providing dimensions of the entire length of the cabinets, it would be more helpful to have the length of each individual cabinet on its own.
- One thing that could be improved in the picture below is the drawing all over.
- Large writing over the areas where we will be placing our dimensions and lighting can become confusing and difficult to create a design.
- It is preferred to send a picture of the kitchen with no writing or dimensions at all.
- If there is something specific that needs to be mentioned about your space, we prefer you send in an email along side the picture. These are much easier to read.
Another example of pictures that are difficult to decipher are when photos are sent in that have nothing to do with the actual project. It is much easier for the designers to create the optimal lighting design if only the pictures of the space where lighting is needed are the ones sent in. Random pictures of other areas in the kitchen, like the ones below, can only cause more confusion and time.
Some pictures sent have been close-ups of the actual area you are lighting, like the under cabinet pictures below. Unless there is something specific to be highlighted about close-ups like these, they are not very helpful for designers.
When it comes to cable drops, it is best to just let us know that you have them and where they are located in the kitchen. It is not necessary to send us a picture of them, like the ones below.
Helpful Information to Include:
- Do you want your lights to be dimmable?
- Do you want different sections to be controlled independently or together?
- Do you want it controlled by a wall switch, a wall dimmer switch, or a switch/dimmer located under your cabinet?
- Do you want in-cabinet (glass) lighting, above the cabinet lighting, or toe kick lighting?
- Do you know which color you want? Warm or cool?
We hope that all these tips from Part 1 and Part 2 will be helpful for what to send us for your next lighting project. No project is too big or too small and our designers are always excited for a new challenge to take on. Feel free to email your pictures & dimensions to: email@example.com or Contact Us!