Lighting Design Services

Even though people may not notice the specific details of lighting when entering a room or a store, it has a strong impact on how they experience the overall atmosphere of the space. Light plays a huge role in commercial buildings such as retail shops, showrooms, galleries, schools, universities, and offices.

Lighting design is the most crucial part of the design process because it determines whether the end result of the project is excellent or merely average. Lighting can affect the way we feel, act, see and experience things, both consciously and unconsciously.

Listed below are some examples of why many of our commercial applications rely heavily on good lighting design.

Retail (Sales/Branding)

With the right lighting design, a retail store can guide customers toward the areas and products where attention is desired, increasing sales. Proper lighting can also help customers find change rooms, checkouts and other important areas, so they have a better shopping experience.

Showrooms (Product Sales)

The same ideas apply here as above: the better displayed the product, the higher the sales.

Gallery Lighting (Mood and Atmosphere)

Galleries and museums have a wide range of exhibits and will most likely include a great number of different objects that they need to bring to life. Lights can be used here to give the room a feeling that matches what is on display.

Schools and Universities (Concentration)

What is more important than education? Poor or insufficient lighting can reduce concentration, and even cause headaches by making it difficult to read books and other materials.

Office Lighting (Focus and Attention)

In an office building professionals have work to get done. The wrong lighting can be distracting and cause workers to lose focus and attention. Good lighting is essential here for the same reasons that it is in schools and universities.

What is Commercial Lighting Design?

Commercial lighting design involves drawing a 2D or 3D design to represent the lighting layout before the project is started. The 2D design usually shows the positioning of the fittings and provides calculations to indicate the lumen output of the light as it reaches the floor. The electrician or other installer can use the plan to put the fittings in the correct places at the end of the project. 3D designs, on the other hand, show exactly how the light actually appears in any chosen area. This is about “as real as it can get” before committing to an actual implementation.

Who Does the Commercial Lighting Design Drawings?

This depends a lot on the project and the people involved. The drawings may be done by architects, interior designers, electrical engineers, or–if you find the right person at the right price–a professional lighting designer.

What is the Process of Commercial Lighting Design?

1) The process should always start with understanding what the clients want to achieve and what their budget is.

2) Now we are ready to go to the drawing board. We first analyse factors such as ceiling height, space width and length, furniture and displays, colour schemes, and anything else that will affect lighting in the design process.

3) We create a 2D layout showing recommended locations for fittings. The specifications of the fittings will vary depending on beam angles, light output (lumens), glare factors, dimming, fitting colour, aesthetics and a variety of other factors.

Lighting Design or Fittings Used in Commercial Buildings

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 rotate and tilt them to almost any angle, making them ideal for places where the focus of the lighting may change or be moved over time.

Commercial Downlights

Commercial downlights are usually used for general illumination that does not require a great deal of flexibility. These are usually the most expensive to install in terms of labor cost.

Commercial Pendants (Suspended/Fixed)

Commercial pendants that are either suspended from the ceiling via wires or fixed directly to the ceiling are very popular in commercial spaces. They offer excellent light output and brilliant aesthetics to any visual design.

Fittings Used In Commercial Lighting Design

Track Lighting is the most common product used in commercial buildings. It is excellent for illuminating merchandise and products, since the lights can be moved and adjusted as needed to suit whatever you want to focus on.


Commercial lighting design for showrooms can use Linear Profile Pendants, which provide even light distribution. These come in anodized, matte black, white, and a wide range of other colours, letting you find the best possible match for your room.

Lighting Design Plans and Advice

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

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Simon Mundine

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