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Collaboration is the engine of our custom design process.

Our design team works closely with you to develop a thorough understanding of your vision and your project's unique success criteria. When you approve your final specification drawing, you'll understand exactly what your fixture will look like and how it will illuminate your space, how much it will cost, and how long it will take to manufacture.

Once your fixture goes into production, all of our operational teams work together seamlessly to ensure that your fixture is fabricated as flawlessly as it is designed. This close collaboration yields higher quality, faster turnaround, superior service, exceptional value and, ultimately, a delightful customer experience.

Custom design & manufacturing follows our six step process outlined below.

Step 1. Objectives

In this project phase we ask a lot of questions, and we listen closely. What's the intended space for the fixture? From what directions will it be viewed? What tasks must the light fulfill? What style and sensibility do you want to achieve? Are there particular materials, textures or motifs you'd like to use? What is your budget and installation date? These and other topics guide our initial session.

Sharing your project plans, furniture layout, sketches, design boards, finish samples or any other materials helps us better understand your aesthetic vision and functional requirements.

This critically important exchange ignites the creative spark that fuels our concept work.

Step 2. Concept

Based on your initial input, we develop a series of concepts to stimulate further direction on aesthetic and functional design.

We refine fixture style, dimensions and proportions, lens, shade and finish materials, diffuser requirements, electrification and lumen output, installation specifications, and other issues that impact fixture aesthetics and function, manufacturability, budget and ship timing.

We gain agreement on design revisions, and provide you with preliminary pricing and timing from design approval to installation. Your approval of these documents gives us the go-ahead to finalize design specifications.

Step 3. Specification

Your design concepts are further refined to incorporate all specifications required for final pricing and production.

Materials and finishes, canopy aesthetics, left vs. right facing orientation, mounting surface and J-box characteristics, light voltage, wattage and bulb type, integration with lighting control systems, doorway restrictions, light lift and on-site adjustment requirements and other specifications are finalized in this phase.

We provide you with final designs, pricing and shipment timing. We also provide full-scale drawings, and we integrate designs into architectural plans so you can visualize your fixture in place prior to fabrication.

When we receive your written approval and deposit, your design is released for production.

Step 4. Engineering

In this project phase, a CAD model of your fixture is created to facilitate manufacturability and ensure proper function of all materials, components and precision parts.

Our engineering team works with you or your contractor to verify installation specifics, including blocking and weight restrictions, wattage and amp requirements, hardware, light lift and assembly instructions.

With your approval of final engineering drawings, materials and finish samples, your design goes into manufacturing.

Step 5. Manufacturing

Customers who have toured our facility will tell you: magic happens here.

Your design is brought to life by a team of world class artisans: metal fabricators coax form and texture out of hot steel, glassworkers sculpt elegant lenses, finishers apply proprietary patinas and paints, detailers craft shades, domes and other accents.

Our artisans share an eye for aesthetics and a relentless obsession with detail, incorporating each element by hand to ensure superior quality and character.

The result is a beautiful work of art that is uniquely yours.

Step 6. Shipping & Installation

Our job isn't done until your fixture is fully operational at your jobsite, so we take special care to ensure that it ships securely and installs seamlessly.

Your fixture is custom-crated and ships with side-marks and detailed documentation to facilitate on-site logistics and installation. We coordinate inspection, delivery timing and installation equipment needs with you or your contractor. You may even see our designers, engineers or field service professionals onsite, making sure the project goes without a hitch.

Rest assured that Hammerton will be with you until your custom project is successfully complete.

Let’s bring your lighting vision to life.