Mike BentienPrincipal, C.L.C., L.S.
Designing With Light was founded in 1994 by Mike Bentien who is a Certified Lighting Consultant and Lighting Specialist accredited by the American Lighting Association and recognized by the Illuminating Engineering Society. Mike started in the lighting industry in 1982 giving him decades of experience.

His interest in natural and artificial light effects sparked the desire to help clients light their spaces better than what was typically done.

Mike has been an instructor at many colleges and is still currently instructing, as he is one out of a handful of professionals certified to teach Lighting Design across North America.

Hayley Kellestine - Maternity Leave - Photo of a plush baby seal and crocheted booties
Hayley Kellestine (Maternity Leave)Lighting Consultant, D.I.D.
Hayley’s passion for good design brings a unique perspective to lighting. She understands how great lighting allows spaces to shine, to positively affect and enhance our clients spaces.

Hayley completed her Diploma of Interior Design at CATO graduating at the top of her class.

When not at the office Hayley enjoys spending time outdoors hiking in the beautiful Okanagan.

Madison Benoit, team member at Designing With Light in Kelowna, BC
Madison BenoitLighting Consultant, D.I.D.

In the summer of 2023, Madison earned her Diploma in Writing and Publishing, showcasing her proficiency with the written word. However, Madison is not confined to text alone; her creative spirit is fueled by a deep passion for graphic design.

Shortly after graduating from Okanagan College, Madison joined the team at Designing With Light, eager to kick start her career. With a solid foundation in customer service accumulated over the years, Madison brings a blend of skills to her role.

Outside of work, Madison immerses herself in the captivating worlds of fantasy novels from her growing bookshelf. When not lost in literature, she channels her creative energy into sketching, capturing her latest imaginative sparks in her trusty sketchbook.

Christine Theiss
Christine Theiss (Maternity Leave)Office Administrator

Christine has many years of customer service and administration experience, bringing an open and inviting atmosphere to all of our clients.

Organization and meticulous paperwork are Christine’s
favourite aspects of work. You’ll find her chasing after her counterparts for the proper documentation regularly.

Out of the office Christine enjoys spending time with her daughter, watching movies and reading fantasy books. Nothing is better for her than an escape into a fantasy world, via book or film, especially when enjoyed with her daughter Jane.

CleoHead of Security
Miss Cleo brightens everyone’s day with her sweet heart melting cuteness.


We believe that lighting has a large effect on our lives. From setting a mood, to creating functioning task light, to highlighting artwork and enhancing the architecture we create a space where you as the client feels comfortable.