Architectural services

Every project is unique and so are our services.

You can ask us to price a project for each design phase by sending us a brief and a set of plans, or choose from our pre-defined architectural packages below.

We pride ourselves on offering the best selection of lighting design services on the market. If you need a tailored approach just let us know what we can do.

Phase 1 - Concept

After a brief from the client we present our ideas with the use of sketches, mixed media, renders and mood images. We include decorative lighting options, architectural lighting design and hierarchy plans that show you how lighting will behave in each space.

Sometimes we offer several options for different ways to illuminate spaces, giving you the choice that suits the unique vibe and flavour of your project.

Phase 2 - Developed

We develop the lighting design in CAD or BIM software and coordinate the design with the design team. We begin specifying architectural and decorative lighting types based on your feedback from our concept package.

We present you with a scaled lighting plan and open specifications that allow you to go to market. We also offer full budget services if you want us to track the project cost from early stages.

Phase 3 - Detailed

We develop the architectural lighting plans and complete detailed drawings showing how lighting is integrated into the building fabric.

We provide lighting calculations and specify exact architectural and decorative lighting products following meetings with the intended suppliers. We finish drawing control groups and locations for switching or control plates and start integration with lighting controls or automation.

We refine the budget and offer you a project cost that ensures you are on track with your spending.

Phase 4 - Tender

Sometimes the budget comes back higher than expected. We cross check the tender pricing against our budget to ensure you are getting the best price without excessive margins from wholesalers or contractors.

Being independent designers Dark Arts offer non-biased and comprehensive reviewing services for any alternatives put forward. This ensures the quality of is up to standard and that you are paying the best price on the market.

Phase 5 - Construction

Issues on site during construction stage require quick thinking and creative solutions. We offer construction coordination services for installers and suppliers, including site visits to ensure the lighting concept is implemented perfectly. We can also review shop drawings by others and provide comment.

At this stage we also write guides for scene setting which allow the control and automation experts to pre-set scenes on the control system.

Phase 6 - Refine

We attend site to review the installation of the lighting and provide a list of items which require re-install or tidying up.

After furniture and artwork is installed we meet with the controls specialist and contractor on site to focus all of the lighting to artwork and furniture. We review the lighting scenes and customise each setting for different times of the day and night.

We pass the controls to you and explain how you can get the most of the lighting. This is the final, magical touch at the end of your project which only lighting can provide and the perfect time to take some photos and enjoy the ambience.


Choose from our pre-defined design packages which have been created from our most common requests.

For custom services please contact us using the contact form and we will get back to you with our full “pick and choose” service menu.



  • Lighting plan
  • Circuiting
  • Open specifications that allow you to go to market

Feel free to ask us about any additional services you might need


  • Design concept with mood board and sketches/renders
  • CAD coordination with design team
  • Architectural specifications
  • Decorative lighting options
  • Detailing for integrated lighting
  • Circuiting, grouping & controls
  • Budget

Includes all services from “Starter” package.

Full Service

  • Lighting calculations and 3D model
  • High quality renders
  • High-end architectural & decorative specifications
  • BIM integration
  • Reviewing alternatives
  • Reviewing shop drawings
  • Construction coordination
  • Defects report following installation
  • Scene setting and lighting focussing
  • Automation

Includes all services from “Comprehensive” package.

Contact us for our competitive hourly rate for one-off or particular services.

All packages include a free consultation meeting at our studio in Mount Eden.

Talk to us

No project or scope is too big or too small.
We can provide simple one-off advice if you just need someone to talk to about one aspect of your design. Our collaborative approach means we can meet project deadlines for projects of any scale in New Zealand or internationally.