ecologically sensitive lighting solutions

Lighting for Planning

If you are in the process of submitting a project for planning and require input on the effect of a proposed lighting scheme we can support your planning application. We have experience in analysing a proposed project and are able to advise and suggest potential amendments to ensure a successful planning outcome on the aspects of all things considered lighting.

Light pollution is an important consideration with any planning application to ensure minimal disruption to the surrounding area as part of a new development. At SKR Lighting Design we are keen on improving ideas that can make a positive impact both on the project and the planning application.

For Government guidelines and resources on Planning Permission see here:

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The Right-to-Light

The Right to Light is a common law that deals with issues around the obstruction of light as a direct consequence of a development or extension.

A typical example is adding a roof storey to a residential property and obstructing the level of natural daylight to the neighbouring house.

For Government guidelines and resources on Rights to Light, see here:

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Right to Darkness

Is a term commonly referring to preserving the night sky and minimising light pollution as a result of inconsiderate exterior lighting scheme. We look into every aspect of the scheme and identify potential areas of obtrusive light and work on alternative solutions. Light pollution not only affects the natural environment but also the communities in the surrounding areas.

Our circadian rhythm is naturally designed experience darkness during night time to sleep well and feel rested in the morning, Artificial light seeping in through bedroom windows can have a negative impact on our well being.

For more information on how The International Dark-Sky Association works to protect the night skies for present and future generations, see here:

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BREEAM / LEED Lighting

BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) are independent assessment and program respectively that offer certifications for green buildings. When refereeing to lighting the aim is to achieve the most efficient lighting design scheme that offers longevity and reduced Co2 emissions.

BREEAM/ LEED BREEAM rated developments are more sustainable environments that enhance the well-being of the people who live and work in them, help protect natural resources and make for more attractive property investments. Working together with the design team we can all do our part to help to achieve the highest rating of BREEAM/ LEED certification.

Right-to-Light Case Studies

Bloxham Petrol Station, Bloxham, Oxfordshire

During 2018 the petrol station in our rural Oxfordshire village added very bright additional signage and lighting to compliment extra activities linked to their new 24 hour licence of operation. This impacted upon us and other neighbours.

The lighting and signage had not been approved for planning therefore working with fellow neighbours we engaged in a dispute to ask the planners to rule against the scheme. To assist in this endeavour we consulted with Neil Skinner of SKR Lighting Design.

Neil carried out a late night visual and light level measurement survey and then provided us with a simple but technically precise set of observations and notes of where the scheme failed and guidance on how to focus on all the elements of this poorly planned commercial lighting scheme.

With this information, the local planning authority subsequently ruled in our favour and the petrol station owners were ordered to remove and rectify the problem. They subsequently went to appeal the decision but this too was rejected.

This was a great success and we were grateful for the valuable technical input from SKR.

Clients: Mr. & Mrs. Baxter, Bloxham, Oxfordshire, UK

Banbury Rugby Club, Banbury, Oxfordshire

In 2017 we engaged the services of Neil Skinner of SKR Lighting Design to advise us on the existing 15 year old mast metal halide floodlighting which is used for the 1st Team pitch and adjacent training pitch areas.


The club needed advice on the following aspects:

  1. The current integrity of the columns
  2. The longevity of the existing flood light luminaires
  3. Analysis of the current and intended future use.
  4. The consideration of replacement LED light source luminaires.
  5. Potential energy and maintenance savings.
  6. New potential expansion of floodlighting masts for other currently non-illuminated pitches.
  7. The impact and planning implications on nearby housing and nearby future housing developments.

SKR provided open independent lighting design consultancy advice for all the above. They put us in touch with suitable suppliers to provide quotations and therefore assist us understand and considering contractor offers more clearly.

Clients: Banbury Rugby Club Chairman / President, Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK

Deddington Tennis Club, Oxfordshire

From 2012 to 2013 our Tennis Club in Deddington was trying to get a floodlighting scheme passed. We were utilising a scheme created for us by a sports floodlighting contractor.

As the site was tightly surrounded by some private residential housing and on the edge of village in a rural area it became apparent that the scheme from the contractor was poorly conceived and planned with poor equipment that did provide the recommended club standard LTA light levels, but failed badly with spill light onto neighbouring properties and did not give the ‘pay-back’ originally claimed!

We contacted a local lighting consultant SKR Lighting Design to advise us on how we could potentially get a scheme passed.

SKR re-evaluated the project and carried out a survey of the surrounding area. A new scheme was conceived with lower columns and better optical distribution floodlights. New calculations were produced to prove the new scheme would comply and this allowed the scheme to be resubmitted and eventually passed without objection by the planners.

We eventually were able to use the guidelines provided by SKR to employ a new sports floodlighting company. Our scheme was finally installed in 2017 using an LED solution and has been a success through to this day.

Client: – Deddington Tennis Club, Chairperson

Elvetham Hotel Case Study

The Elvetham Hotel, located in the Hampshire countryside is an elegant country house rich in history and set in 35 acres of beautiful gardens.
SKR Lighting Design has worked closely with ecologist consultancy Tyler Grange and landscape architects Bramhill Design to sensitively put together an exterior landscape lighting design scheme which does not disturb the surrounding wildlife.

The road lighting was a particular area which required special attention. The lighting design scheme was planned not interrupt flight paths of bats and cause panic within their colonies at home in the surrounding trees and buildings.

Bat Conservation Trust and ILP – Bats and Artificial Lighting in the UK – Guidance Notes

Lighting Control

Centro Commerciale, I Gigli

I Gigli is a popular shopping centre on the outskirts of Firenze (Florence) in Tuscany, Italy. Over the past years a large refurbishment of the centre has been taking place. The lighting design plays a central role in the refurbishment project. Each area has been carefully planned to not only provide general illumination, but to also include a large degree of decorative and architectural lighting design.

The lighting control system is absolute key for the project, not only to be visually pleasing, but also essential for energy consumption. We generate “scene schedules” along with “lighting control schedules” to instruct the lighting control system integrator on what to program into the system. This is usually accompanied by a commissioning site visit, to ensure we and the project parties are happy with the results. Due to the recent global pandemic, site visits have been restricted. To adapt to these restrictions we now produce a visual guide which illustrates the intent of the scene schedules.

By utilising a lighting control system, the energy and maintenance costs are significantly reduced. Without a lighting control system, a large portion of our projects would not have been awarded the BREEAM and LEED certifications.

Lighting Calculations & Energy Reports

One of the first exercises that is undertaken when embarking on new projects is working out an understanding of location of luminaires to provide the everyday function lighting. The exact location of product will of course change over the project timeline, but it’s vital to plan in the early stages.

Different areas of projects require different illumination levels and uniformity. We have extensive knowledge of suitable illumination levels for interior and exterior and can specify the most efficient product to create the desired lighting scenes, within a controlled budget.

By understanding and staying up to date with the latest technology advances in the lighting specification market, we can provide our projects with the most efficient light sources available.