It is always a pleasure working on projects where the client gets actively involved in creating the most appropriate and most exciting lighting design. The more input from the client the better. The more they question the proposed scheme the better. By this process the client ends up with the best scheme possible. The end results can be spectacular.
Sadly however it sometimes happens that wonderful lighting schemes are compromised by poor implementation. It is absolutely crucial to keep the lighting designer involved to the very end of the project. This is especially true where substitute light fittings are proposed, often by the electrician on site. What is often not fully understood by clients is that the light fitting can make or break the lighting scheme.
Wall lights, for example, differ hugely in the effect they produce. Some are entirely decorative and produce very little functional light. Others are bright enough to light a whole room. If a wall light has been specified in the lighting scheme to provide ambient lighting for a room, and the client picks, without consulting the lighting designer, an alternative purely decorative fitting, the client will end up with a space that has woefully inadequate lighting.
These mistakes can be very easily avoided by consulting the lighting designer at every stage of the project to make sure that every light fitting chosen is suited to the intended task.
Never hesitate to talk to your lighting designer about every decision to do with the lighting. That is the only way you can be sure to get the lighting scheme you paid for!