SGLD Consulting

Light and Project Planning



1969 - 1976

Concert lighting designer – provided services for more than 150 live shows per year, 6 tours of Japan, Europe, Canada and USA, helped to develop the first automated stage light and portable concert touring lighting systems. Designer for Grand Funk Railroad, WAR, Wishbone Ash, James Gang


Established Fantasee Lighting production equipment rental and services company in Belleville MI


Began study of architectural lighting design through attending lighting education conferences across the USA


Established Illuminart / Lighting Design services company in Ypsilanti MI

1993 - 2003

Designed lighting for the Detroit International Auto show exhibits: Ford, Buick, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Volvo, Scion, Saturn and Mercedes, bringing innovative new ideas to the industry such as; using truss systems, turning off the hall lighting over the BMW exhibit, using automated lighting with Ford Motor Co, designing warm/cool color contrast lighting for the Volvo international exhibit and helping conceptualize revolutionary new lighting for Mercedes Benz North American touring exhibit.

Lighting Education – instructor of architectural lighting design at CCS, UofD in Detroit and LTU in Southfield MI. Providing lighting education seminars to design professionals in USA and EU at professional lighting conferences.


Lighting consulting is provided for projects where lighting is essential to the success of the design for owner and architect. Lighting Education Programs / instructor of architectural lighting design at CCS, U of D in Detroit and LTU in Southfield MI. Stefan continues to provide accredited lighting education seminars to design professionals in the USA and EU 

The Value of Professional Lighting

Articles and additional information about the principles of lighting design.

Auto Dealer Lighting 2002

Improving Lighting Quality Building Operating Magazine

Lighting Design Benefits

Lighting Responsiblity Oct 2008

Lighting Specifications ArticleBuilding Operating Magazine


Projects are the recipient of over 40 international lighting design awards including 2 IESNA Awards of Distinction for lighting of the Chrysler Technology Center. The award of distinction is given when a project is deemed by the judges as ‘extraordinary achievement in lighting design’. Detroit Lighting Hall of Fame inductee; in 2015.

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Some of the photographs on this site are of legacy projects designed by Stefan Graf when he was the Design Principal at Illuminart