Reckon time spent writing the actual lighting code would be better. Its a college project and an employer would definately prefer to see that the candidate could code the system up from scratch. Also you’d learn alot from the task.
Unless of course time is a huge constraint and the project is very ambitious. Although i would be very careful with large ambitious projects in 3rd year. Its probably your first full project, where you get say over every detail from design\spec\code. A dangerous thing.. :?