LED Lighting Plays Strong in Music City






Nashville, Tenn.

Design Team:

Architect: Tuck-Hinton Lighting Designer: Brilliant Lighting Studio Design: Wolcott Architecture

Product Specs:

Dart, Amica 2 × 2, Skydome

Originally Published:

Headquartered in Nashville since 1985, SESAC recently made the decision to consolidate its offices under one roof while remaining close to its roots on Music Row.


It was necessary for the new headquarters to showcase its catalog of famous artists, reinforce creativity, encourage collaboration, and reflect the company’s culture and brand. The two-story space was designed as a multi-purpose facility. Nashville based architecture firm, Tuck-Hinton Architects, designed the office with a variety of work environments enveloping a grand staircase, strategically placed in the center of the office, doubling as a performance area.


Continuing to draw inspiration from the organization and with a desire to play off SESAC’s brand identity, custom triangular-shaped suspended luminaires were designed, evocative of the distinct “A” in SESAC’s logo, with a custom finish to match the company’s signature red color.


Scott Johnson, Design Principal at Brilliant Lighting Studio in Culver City, California, was enlisted to develop a flexible, energy-efficient lighting plan to meet the $9/sq.-ft. budget, while conveying the company’s aesthetic. As a California- based lighting designer, Johnson is well educated in designing for energy efficiency. However, LED solutions and California energy codes, such as Title 24, were relatively new to the project’s stakeholders.

“We had to sell them on using a certain amount of LED in their fixtures,” recalls Johnson. “When this project was started three or four years ago, LEDs were still novel and the cost of LEDs was more expensive than fluorescent for basically the same fixtures, and there was a certain budget that drove the project.”

Johnson knew applying the standards was only possible by using energy-efficient luminaires and controls, which would address the needs of the space—enabling the transformation from office to event center at any moment. Johnson explains, “It was a musical looking ceiling plan. It had all kinds of rhythmic juxtaposition between repeating elements and other elements dropped in somewhat randomly.”


The attention to detail and seamless communication by the Focal Point Custom Revenue Engineering (CRE) team resulted in a direct/indirect pendant fabricated using stock components of Dart suspended luminaires. The luminaires were strategically placed in the two-story atrium and in gathering areas to provide a common feature, visually joining formal and informal areas. Standard Amica 2 × 2 LED and Skydome LED luminaires from Focal Point were also included in the space.

In the end, the new space was designed for the future with LED luminaires and a lighting control system, to yield an LPD of 1.1 W/sq. ft., reducing costs and easing maintenance needs. Like a musical composition, the design emphasizes counterpoint and harmony, earning a 2017 IES Illumination Award of Merit and delivering a flexible spaceto keep the music alive.

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