Commercial Lighting Design

A lot of people may not pay much attention to the details of lighting when entering a room or a store for example, but it will most likely affect the way they experience the atmosphere of it. Lights plays a huge role in commercial buildings such as retail, showrooms, galleries, schools, universities, offices etc. but why is the light so important in these places?

Well, to start of with, lighting design is the most crucial part of the design process because it set framework for the end result been excellent vs average. It can affect the way we feel, act, see and experience things, either consciously or unconsciously. Listed below are some examples of why many of our commercial applications rely heavily on the lighting design.

Lighting Applications

Retail: with the right lighting design, a retail store can guide their customers towards what they want to bring attention to in order to increase their sales. It can also be used for customers to find change rooms and checkouts etc. giving them a better shopping experience.

Showrooms: sales of product – same idea as above, the better displayed the bigger the sales.

Galleries: mood and atmosphere – galleries and museums have a wide range of different exhibitions and will most likely include a great number of different objects to bring to life. Here, the lights can be used to give a certain feeling to a room so that it matches with what is on display.

Schools & Universities: concentration – what is more important than our education? Poor lighting can make students lose their concentration by for example causing headaches or not providing clear enough illumination for the students to read things properly.

Offices: focus and attention – an office building carries a great deal of professional people needing to get things done. The wrong kind of lighting design can be distracting and bring focus away from the job. Similar reason as the need of good lighting designs in schools and universities.

What is Commercial Lighting Design?

Commercial lighting design is the act of drawing a 2D or 3D design to represent the lighting layout before the design is completed. The 2D design usually offers positioning of the fittings and calculations showing where the lumens output of the light will appear on the floor. The electrician or whoever is installing the lights then knows where to put the fittings at the end of the project. A 3D design on the other hand, shows exactly how the lights actually displays on the chosen area. It’s about as real as it can get before committing to a particular design in a visual representation.

Commercial Lighting Design Process

What is the process of commercial lighting design?

1) First and foremost, the lighting design process should always start with: what does the clients want to achieve and what is the budget.

2) Once the budget has been looked at and the client’s needs have been expressed we go to the drawing board.

3) We first analyze things like ceiling height, a width of the commercial space, furniture/ display, colour schemes and anything else that will effect the lighting we recommend.

4) We will do a 2D layout with the recommended locations for the fittings to be installed. The specifications of the lights fittings will vary depending on beam angles, light output (lumens), glare factors, dimming, fitting colour, aesthetics and a whole variety of other factors.

Commercial Building Lighting Design Products

You will find three different product categories used in commercial building lighting design:

Commercial Track Lighting

LED track systems are usually fixed or suspended from ceilings and allow for a great deal of flexibility. You can move the spots/floods up and down the track and tilt them in almost any direction, making them the ideal fittings for places where the display for instance might change or be moved around over time.

Commercial Downlights

Commercial downlights are usually used for general illumination which does not offer a great deal of flexibility, these are usually the most expensive labor wise to install.

Commercial Pendants (Suspended & Fixed)

Very popular for commercial spaces are commercial pendants that are either suspended from the ceiling via wires or fixed directly to the ceiling. They offer an excellent light output and brilliant aesthetic features when it comes to visual design.

Fittings Used in Commercial Lighting Design

Retail: Track Lighting is the most common product used when it comes to commercial building lighting design. It is excellent to illuminate merchandise and products with as you can move them around and choose what object you want to focus on.

Showrooms: Commercial lighting design for showrooms can use Linear Profile Pendants which have nice even light distribution and also come in anodized, matte black, white and a wide range of other colours giving you the chance to find the best possible match for your room specifically.

Call LED World on 1300 874 723 for lighting design and lighting advice. We would like to offer you a free consultation over the phone for 15 minutes on commercial lighting design.

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