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Mission Possible: How Codelumen Lit a Franchise Restaurant in Less than 10 Days


  • Commercial Lighting Fixture Cross-Reference

  • Franchise Decorative Lighting Fixture Supply

  • Product Delivery

Project Details

  • 11 Different Types of Lighting Fixtures

  • 1,305 sq. ft

About the Client

Pokeworks is a Hawaiian-inspired poke food chain

Pokéworks is a fast-growing food chain founded in 2015 that serves Hawaiian poke. Poke is a dish traditionally made with fresh, raw fish and toppings such as onions and seaweed. It has been popular in Hawaii for decades and is now popularized by Pokéworks. The company has plans to expand throughout North America and worldwide, attracting more and more franchises. Our client was a Pokéworks franchisee.

Project Scope

This restaurant project required a precise, last-minute supply of cross-reference commercial and decorative lighting. We were asked to provide assistance with the lighting after the previous lighting contractor had problems sourcing the franchise’s decorative lighting fixtures on time. Our team took over by offering a turn-key solution on time and below budget.


Our lighting team took on the challenge of creating a lighting package with architectural grade commercial and decorative lighting fixture specifications. This service includes 'value engineering' also known as 'cross reference'. All tasks including fixtures delivery to the job site had to be performed in less than ten days. Another challenge was supplying the franchise's spec grade decorative mini-pendants on time; this specific model is made to order and usually takes two to three weeks to assemble, plus shipping time.

Decorative mini-pendants that were used for Pokeworks' lighting project.

Nevertheless, our long term business relationships with local and international brands has scaled to the point in which we can heavily rely on them for special requests. In this case, it helped our client get his fixtures on time and below market price.

For the commercial lighting fixtures, we performed a cross-reference by focusing on functionality and quality rather than solely relying on heavily branded high cost lighting fixtures, as specified on the original floor plans and lighting fixture schedule.


It took our team nine business days from the moment we commenced work on the lighting, to the moment the entire lighting package was delivered to the job site. The good news, the general contractor was able to install all lighting fixtures and pass inspection on time. Passing the inspection was a crucial milestone in achieving the goal of opening the business as scheduled and avoid costs associated with delays.

We definitely don’t recommend waiting until the last moment to address your lighting needs, however, our experienced and professional team is always up for a good challenge.

As previously mentioned in our other blog posts, for example The Butler Brothers Building project in Dallas, we utilized our unique lighting platform (Creates AI) to save time and money by eliminating the hassle and middleman. Interested in learning more?

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