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GUIDELINES FOR SPECIFICATION INTEGRITY


ELEMENTS


If the lighting budget for the project has been reviewed, and continues to be out of line with quotes provided by the manufacturer, the lighting designer may suggest that the owner/client purchase lighting products directly from the authorized distributor and/or manufacturer. (However, be aware that the purchaser assumes liability for product on a job site unless arrangements are made with the general and/or electrical contractor). Typically that helps expose the source of the budget problem, or can provide savings for the owner/client.


C BE KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT THE LIGHTING PRODUCTS YOU SPECIFY.


1 Encourage manufacturers and their representatives to visit your office with working sample products, not just catalogs or internet research. Use these visits to evaluate the product performance.


2 When possible, visit manufacturers’ facilities to see how the products are researched, developed, designed, manufactured, tested, and shipped. Consult manufacturers’ websites for the most accurate information on their products and services. Manufacturers can also provide a list of completed work, so you can see the how products look installed.


3 Cultivate professional relationships at regional, national and international levels with key factory-based contacts for manufacturers’ you specify. Rely on these contacts for assistance when special requirements arise on projects.


4 Attend seminars and trade shows which allow you to evaluate lighting equipment performance characteristics, compare products, and remain current on technology.


5 Obtain product samples of similar lighting products from multiple manufacturers for comparative evaluation. Record your assessments of the products’ qualities and add this information to your luminaire product database.


6 Develop a reference of standard notes relating to lighting products which are to be used for quality assurance during the project design process.


D PROMOTE AND PROTECT THE CREATION OF UNIQUE DESIGNS.


1 Educate yourself, your professional colleagues, and your clients’ decision makers as to the value of unique products and the necessity for protecting intellectual property.


2 Include language in your specification that addresses intellectual property and original designs. State your policy in upholding design copyrights and discouraging the consideration of “knock-offs”.


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