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Nulty is a nimble yet mighty lighting design practice, consisting of what we’ll modestly refer to as “the best, most dedicated and creative designers around”.

If you decide to visit us at our London HQ or our new Middle East base in Dubai, you’ll see what we mean: we’re a bunch of unique individuals who all work closely together, bouncing ideas around and coming up with some thoroughly high-five-worthy lighting design concepts as a team.

You know those clichéd stock photos of a group of coworkers looking like they’re having the world’s best time as they gather around a flipchart? Our meetings are genuinely quite like that – except the lighting in our office is better.

Collaboration extends far beyond our office walls
We’re never the only ones working on a given design project: there are architects, interior designers and engineers too – not to mention the people who actually own the space and have a vision for it.

In our eyes, a design project is only a true success if everyone involved believes their ideas were heard, understood and considered before any decisions were made. At Nulty, we consider it our duty to work just as hard on collaboration and understanding as we do on our own architectural lighting design schemes: the final creation will be infinitely better as a result. 


“Lighting has almost nothing to do with fixtures and fittings, and pretty much everything to do with creating the right sort of atmosphere.”

— Paul Nulty, Founder


The “final result” should NEVER be about the lighting
Lighting design has almost nothing to do with fixtures and fittings, and pretty much everything to do with creating the right sort of atmosphere.

That’s why we always focus on the way you want a space to be experienced – not whether you prefer chandeliers to spotlights, or have a specific “contrast ratio” in mind.

Good planets are hard to find…
We’re not shy about delving into new lighting design approaches that are more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Energy efficiency, light pollution and environmental impact come high up on our list of concerns, and we continually test our designs for innovation, buildability, maintainability, longevity and affordability.

Our attitude and approach set us apart
Our work ethic and enthusiasm – combined with our creativity and technical knowledge – have given us a prominent position in the industry. We’re known for being easy (might we even say fun?) to work with, and as people who consider our work a vocation rather than a job.

But enough about us…
Get in touch, tell us a bit about you, and we’ll take it from there!

Our collaborative process

Creativity should never be quashed, but it does need to be managed and guided in the right direction. That’s why we follow The RIBA Plan of Work: its linear process gives us the freedom to become fully immersed in new lighting design ideas, while simultaneously keeping us in check and ensuring we’re constantly benchmarking our ideas against the brief, budget and programme.

This process also supports one of our most important founding principles: collaboration. As you’ll see from the diagram, there are multiple stages where we stop, take stock and ask for input, ideas and feedback from others involved in the project – architects, interior designers, engineers and building owners, among others.

It’s important that we hear from everyone and learn about their needs and visions too, and we consider it our duty to work just as hard on collaboration and understanding as we do on our own design schemes. Teamwork always leads to infinitely better results.

We constantly review and refine because we believe that better results aren’t just apparent in the look and feel of a space, but also in the way that it operates and functions.

Our process also has a very happy impact on finances: by regularly (and rigorously) testing the costs of each project against the design, it’s possible for us to keep a close eye on the budget and make sure we get maximum value for money.


Lighting Design Process
STAGE 1
Preparation & Brief

Our opportunity to help develop the client brief and gain an understanding of the project.

STAGE 2
Concept Design

Where we collaboratively come up with conceptual lighting ideas.

STAGE 3
Developed Design

Where we start to expand the ideas into a buildable design, and test the budget and brief

STAGE 4
Technical Design

Completing the drawn design work and coordinating with the design team.

STAGE 5
Construction

Helping with project management, procurement, and overseeing the contractor.

STAGE 6
Handover & Closeout

Snagging, setting up the control and lighting systems, and seeing the space come to life through the clever use of light!

Awards

WIN Awards 2016

WIN Awards 2016

BCO Awards 2016

BCO Awards 2016

FX Awards 2016

FX Awards 2016

Lux Awards 2016

Lux Awards 2016

  • Shortlisted
  • Office Lighting Project of the Year
  • Berghaus HQ
Lux Awards 2016

Lux Awards 2016

Retail Week Interiors Awards 2016

Retail Week Interiors Awards 2016

Darc Awards 2016

Darc Awards 2016

FX Awards 2015

FX Awards 2015

 

Lux Awards 2015

Lux Awards 2015

  • Highly Commended
  • Office & Workplace Lighting
  • Office, Fenchurch Street

 

Darc Awards 2015

Darc Awards 2015

Lighting Design Awards 2015

Lighting Design Awards 2015

  • Highly Commended
  • Workplace
  • Office, Fenchurch Street
Lighting Design Awards 2015

Lighting Design Awards 2015

Lighting Design Awards 2015

Lighting Design Awards 2015

Lux Awards 2014

Lux Awards 2014

 

FX Awards 2014

FX Awards 2014

SBID Internatinonal Design Awards 2014

SBID Internatinonal Design Awards 2014

Retail Week Interiors Awards 2014

Retail Week Interiors Awards 2014

 

Lighting Design Awards 2014

Lighting Design Awards 2014

 

Lighting Design Awards 2014

Lighting Design Awards 2014

 

Lighting Design Awards 2014

Lighting Design Awards 2014

 

Lighting Design Awards 2014

Lighting Design Awards 2014

 

Lighting Design Awards 2014

Lighting Design Awards 2014

 

Retail Week Interiors Awards 2013

Retail Week Interiors Awards 2013

 

Lighting Design Awards 2013

Lighting Design Awards 2013

 

Energy Awards 2012

Energy Awards 2012

  • Highly Commended
  • Lighting Specifier of the Year

 

Lux Awards 2012

Lux Awards 2012

  • Highly Commended
  • Lighting Design Practice of the Year

 

Lux Awards 2012

Lux Awards 2012

 

Lighting Design Awards 2012

Lighting Design Awards 2012

 

Educational seminars for the delightfully curious

When we’re not working with light, we’re talking about it… and that’s pretty much all we do in life, to be honest.

You see, it’s really no understatement to say that we have an unquenchable passion for anything to do with lighting design, and we’re keen to pass on that passion – alongside our expertise and creativity – to others.

Our CPD seminars are for architects, interior designers, engineers, project managers, quantity surveyors and other consultants who want a better understanding of what we do and how we might work with them in future. We’ll also happily give seminars to anyone who’d like to broaden their knowledge of lighting design and the built environment.

Below are our three most popular CPD seminars. If you’d like us to create a customised seminar just for you or your company, get in touch and let us know!


Painting With Light
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If you’ve ever wondered why you look horrendous in some photos and wonderful in others…
Or how a simple room can make you feel happy, in awe, excited or relaxed…
Or how retail stores create an atmosphere that feels welcoming and non-threatening…
Or what lighting designers consider when they create a lighting concept for a space…

Then this unique and exciting seminar is perfect for you and your team.

You might simply want to increase your understanding of how light can be used and controlled – or perhaps you’re keen to learn more for your professional development. Either way, you’re going to come away with reams of insights and knowledge – not to mention a newfound appreciation of the wonders of light.

What we’ll cover
Over the course of an hour (shorter if necessary!), we’ll romp through a thorough introduction to the concept of light and how lighting designers make the most of it.

You’ll learn:

• What light is and how it’s perceived
• How light is applied in art, film and architecture
• How to compose a good lighting scheme
• How architectural lighting designers work
• The pitfalls of lighting: what can go wrong
• How technology is evolving – and what we have to consider as a result


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The Rules Were Meant To Be Broken
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It’s an understatement to acknowledge that there are LOTS of rules around lighting design and lighting engineering. And for good reason: there’s no point in having beautiful lighting if it falls on someone’s head, pollutes the environment or annoys the heck out of people who live nearby. But sometimes, these rules go ever so slightly overboard – to the detriment of just about everything.

An efficient lighting scheme may well be low energy, for example, but it might not necessarily be beautiful or help to create an emotional connection between people and their environment.

As experienced, resourceful lighting designers, it’s our job to wade through all the regulations and figure out how we can work creatively within their restrictions – finding ways to create lighting designs that are stunning, innovative and people-friendly. (And yes: occasionally we need to bend the rules a bit too.)

What we’ll cover
Over the course of an hour or so, we’ll look at how it’s possible to adhere to lighting regulations without swapping creativity for box-ticking or drab, mundane designs.

You’ll learn:

• What the current rules, regulations and guidelines are
• Current “best practice” guidance (LEED, BREEAM, SKAR, Eco Homes, Part L, and BS, etc.), and how to gain credits
• The pitfalls of design regulations if they’re taken to the extreme
• How to apply lighting design regulations sensibly, while maintaining a people-centric design approach


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Seven Rules For Retail Lighting
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Didn’t you hear? The high street is dying! No one needs to leave the house to go shopping anymore: they just order what they need online.

The physical stores that continue to thrive are those that have turned “buying something” into a real experience. Not just “pop in, find the product, buy it, leave”, but “walk in, feel something about being there, and experience a connection with the brand”.

Lighting has a key role to play in creating this emotional connection between the customer and the brand – and we can point to hundreds of examples where our designs have created visual and emotional environments in retail stores.

If you want to know how we do it, our seminar gives away all the secrets!

What we’ll cover
During our hour together, we’ll discuss seven key tips (plus a few more!) for how to approach retail lighting design for the new, “experiential” form of retail store.

You’ll learn:

• The key considerations when it comes to applying light in a retail store
• The importance of lighting when creating a brand and environment
• How the high street can thrive once again – as long as we help customers connect emotionally to a brand through design

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