Project Overview

    For this project we were commissioned by heritage building experts Qoda to design and install a lighting system for the King’s State Apartments in Kensington Palace, as part of Historic Royal Palaces’ £12m refurbishment programme to mark the 300th anniversary of the Hanoverian accession to the English throne.

    From the Client

    “We chose Chris Lewis Smart Home because of their reputation for professionalism and because from the start, we had confidence in their proposal and their expertise.”

    “They attended several meetings to make sure they got things absolutely right and completed the work on time. We are absolutely delighted with the results and have already commissioned Chris Lewis Smart Home for future work at Kensington Palace.”


    Our Brief

    Use lighting to enhance the visitor experience, while ensuring that it does not damage the ornate ceilings or the precious paintings and tapestries on display. Create a sophisticated programmable system that is easy to use. Ensure that no modern fixtures can be seen by visitors, by using:

    • Switch-free lights
    • Electric circuits that look like picture rails
    • Lights hidden in original 18th decor
    • Hidden control panels

    The Solution

    We used Lutron’s Homeworks lighting control system, which enabled us to:

    • Devise a bespoke, invisible lighting system for a grand staircase and a suite of five rooms
    • Produce a system that can be programmed easily via a laptop
    • Place control panels in a ‘secret’ corridor and out of sight in original 18th century cupboards
    • Build and install programmable control panels that ‘know’ the time of day and can adjust levels accordingly

    How the Client Benefitted

    • Newly-lit rooms and paintings have a new ‘vibrancy’ about them
    • Increase in number of visitors
    • Professionally designed and expertly installed lighting system
    • Easy to use controls that are out of sight
    • Ongoing support from Chris Lewis engineers
    • Sensitivity to the age and style of the rooms
    • Cost-effective project delivered on time
    • Truly intelligent lighting that is fit for a King