Brightman Design

The Bay Area's

Lighting Design Expert.



Chris Brightman offers on-site lighting design consultations with reports, lighting plans, and fixture schedules for commercial, residential, architectural, relighting, and new construction. Chris’ broad range of experience in creating lighting design plans is both functional and beautiful—believing that each project is always a collaboration between himself, the client, and the other trade professionals involved.

Services Provided

Lighting Design, Fixture installation, Fixture customization

Areas Served

Carmel to Marin (travel compensation may apply).


Chris Brightman has been involved with many different aspects of lighting since the 80's, starting in concert, theater, film, television. He and his sister, Candace Brightman won the Lighting Dimensions Award for Best Architectural Lighting for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics at the AT&T pavilion.

Since 2005, Chris has provided technical and artistic advice solutions to hundreds of homes and businesses.


Member of the IES Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.

Chris understands that keeping up with innovations while relying on proven performance for specification is an important part of lighting technologies.


Schedule consultation

831 252 7226

Lighting Design Process




Lighting Design Concept: Initial Meeting

Review plans and visit site.

Cover client concerns and desires.

Understand uses of space, required functions, and desired aesthetics.

Use of controls, sensors and remote functioning.

Overview of the current luminaire technologies portable, hard wired, and built-in.

Observe sample fixtures create mock ups for built in lighting.

Create a checklist of goals and a budget.


Lighting Design Development

Lighting plan laid out over existing plan with proposed furniture layer shown.

Lighting schedule with all technical (preliminary) details.

Photometric calculations where required.

Daylighting: window coverings, skylights, and light tubes.

Samples for demonstration and approval.

Control system integration, supplier to installer.


Construction Documentation & Administration

Final fixture schedule approved by client and general contractor.

Fixture binder with installation instructions.

Fixture procurement, inspection of fixtures marked by location and supplier.

Coordination with trades and scheduling of installation.

Walk-throughs to assure proper fixture placement and construction details

consultation + installation

Chris gladly visits customers because the best way to be of service is by seeing your space with his own eyes.  All visits are photographed for follow-up analysis and email correspondence.

lighting design packages


New Construction or Remodel

This package includes a careful study of existing plans or spaces, establish needs and overall goals, while getting to know clients priorities and aesthetic. Discussion of switching and fixture locations, layout plan mark-up, and lighting schedule and spec sheets of fixtures by space. Coordination with contractors and complete follow through available.

Minimum of 4 hours


Residential or Commercial Lighting

This relighting package includes a review of the overall effectiveness of existing lighting understanding desired goals, followed by advice on how to improve your light by exploring types of controls, color temperatures, and marking desired locations of new fixtures. 

Minimum of 2 hours- 1 hr onsite, 1 hr report prep


Outdoor and Landscape Lighting

This package includes a review of existing site or construction plans, discussion of controls (motion sensors, timers, photocell switches, security lighting, and internet). And a plan of different zones. Dark Sky compliant. Roadway lighting using standard practice and BUG rated fixtures (backlight uplight & glare)

Minimum of 3 hours- 2 hrs onsite & 1hr office report



Chris works closely with Illuminée Lighting in Santa Cruz, CA. Check out their Houzz page for more testimonials.

For our kitchen remodel we started with the lighting. It was important to have as many options throughout the kitchen since it is our main gathering place. Chris understands lighting not only for its function, but also for its ability to transform the space artistically. He came to our house, listened to our needs, discussed possibilities, then we met with Isabelle and Chris at the shop, brought home lights to look at in the space and made our decision. Chris then returned and we went over the exact location of each light, measuring carefully so we could have our electrician install them where we would get the most out of each. We ended up with 5 different lighting arenas all on dimmer switches, the possibilities are endless depending on our mood. Both Chris and Isabelle are professionals that really know their product. We look at lighting as an art form so it was great to work with people that too understand the importance of light and space. We have since purchased stand-alone, beautifully designed lights for other rooms in our house and enjoy their function as well as their form.
— k. pappard
We had a very big and complex job with our lighting in our front yard. Chris and Isabelle were great in making it happen. The design was right o and Chris was very hands-on and making sure that it gets done right. I would highly recommend them for anyone looking for a lighting designer.
— F. Stone
We used Illuminee extensively as we remodeled our kitchen with tremendous results. Chris came to the house and was so helpful in determining what kind of lighting we should have and where it should go. Then, we went to them to find the perfect style of blown glass pendant shades for over the dining table and sink....
— R. Chapin