design services

186 offers comprehensive design services to guide both residential and high-end hospitality projects here in Denver, Colorado, and across the globe, from conceptual design through the aiming of adjustable lights after art and furniture are in place. We provide professional high-end architectural lighting design for residential projects wherever fine homes are being built. We work hand-in-hand with architects, interior designers, AV consultants, homeowners and construction teams to create lighting designs unique to each home.

We take a hands-on approach to each project, and take exceptional care in illuminating artwork. Architecture, interiors, art and landscapes tend to evolve throughout the design and construction phases of a project;186 serves as an advocate for our clients through the evolution of the job. Our involvement in each phase and continuous collaboration with the design teams allows us to continuously adjust the lighting to each project’s evolution.

Our work is not complete until the last piece of art is illuminated and final scene is set.

PROJECT evolution

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design development

We will meet with the the client, architect and interior designer to discuss and develop a design strategy which is tailored to the project.

After concept discussions, we set up a CAD or Revit lighting plan and produce a package including lighting plans and light fixture cut sheets to be issued as a pricing set to the builder and electrical contractor.

construction documents

Integrating the lighting design with each design team is a crucial part of our success in executing seamless and intuitive outcomes. This includes coordination with kitchen designers, cabinet and casework contractors, pool and spa designers, theater architects, wine cellar designers, and fiber optic and framing projector specialists. Once the design is refined and details are drafted, we issue a revised drawing set for construction.

construction administration

186 takes a hands-on approach during the construction phase to adapt the design to integrate with construction issues as they arise. We believe that great lighting design must be achieved through elegant execution of details and thorough coordination.

As plans may evolve, it is necessary that we continue collaboration with the client and all design teams, as well as maintain effective communication with the builder and electrical contractor.

Final Aiming

We are meticulous and thorough when aiming adjustable light fixtures. We work with the electrical contractor to adjust beamspreads and lenses to illuminate artwork, furniture, landscaping and architecture.

Last, 186 coordinates with AV consultants and lighting control scenes are modified to balance the finished environment.