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At Michaels' Lighting we use three different types of software to produce our custom products, AutoCAD, Photopia, and Solid Works. All of these programs allow the designer tremendous flexibility to produce accurate virtual luminaries in a fraction of the time, and for a fraction of the cost of physical prototypes. The graphics are so realistic it is hard to determine if the final product is an actual photo or a design rendering.

autocad logo•• photopia logo•• solidworks logo

Virtual imaging is very important in understanding a design, but sometimes an actual physical replica or portion of the product is necessary. Over the years Michaels’ Lighting has used a technique called Rapid Prototype Development, which is a method of CNC foam core prototyping, along with actual physical working samples, or small sectional overviews. The goal is to produce the most informative sample in the least amount of time, and at the least amount of cost.

The design phase of manufacturing is probably the most crucial phase of all. It is important here to support the ideas of our customers, without discouraging the design intent. During this phase it is our responsibility to inform the designer of the rules that currently govern structure and lighting performance. The two most obvious governing bodies are Underwriters Laboratory, and National Electrical Code. We will be able to consider all of the necessary laws governing these two entities, and incorporate them to meet national and regional requirements.

UL ...... ETL...... NEC

What currently separates Michaels’ Lighting from most manufacturing facilities is the ability to quickly offer substantial alternatives to budget oriented projects. Over the years Michaels’ has offered to designers many alternative products to meet the challenges of a restrictive budget and demanding conditions. One of our most commonly used alternatives is in metals. Michaels’ Lighting has worked with almost every commonly used ferrous and non-ferrous metal, but none more successfully than aluminum. Aluminum has several inherent advantages that other metals do not. Aluminum is easy to blank, form, bond, and finish, while offering great resistance to oxidation with lightweight and structural stability. The secret is being able to make the customer feel they are getting expensive bronze brass, copper or stainless steel. Michaels’ Lighting has developed a unique set of durable realistic faux finishes that tricks even the most discerning eye. Review our pallet of faux finishes offered through our standard product display, and then ask for samples, and see if you don’t agree.

Faux Finishes
Faux Finishes

Finally the secret to Design Phase Development is quickly and effectively communicating with the network of constituents involved in producing quality products on time and on budget. We meet these challenges by using state of the art equipment and services such as GoToMeeting, and real time production digital photography. Nobody wants the product to be more elegant than the craftsmen at Michaels’ Lighting.

 


Custom Lighting Fixtures

 

"Four months prior to construction completion the owner, City of Frisco, Texas authorized proceeding with eight frameless chandeliers for the City Room. Michaels’ Lighting produced these one-of-a-kind fixtures prior to the opening dedication celebration, on time and on budget."

Malcolm Holzman
Holzman Moss Architecture


 

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Photopia samples
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