Lighting commercial interiors is an evolving art form. Most buildings have not evolved with the lighting industry. They have been left behind with inefficient and costly fixtures or outdated models.
The benefits of updating commercial interiors are not just in design and fashion. LED fixtures reduce cost in two major ways.
- Reduced Consumption
Power consumption is greatly reduced by LED bulbs. The exact numbers vary from bulb to bulb but numbers as high as 75% reduction are common.
- Long Life
This means the business does not have to change the bulbs as often. It also means that employees don’t have to climb up on ladders and fix it.
(You can find out more about LED lifetime from the Light Research Center)
Beyond cost benefit, we can touch on aesthetic reasons to choose LED for commercial interiors. LEDs are versatile in both fixture and brightness. LEDs are not bulbs, but rather many small electrical dots that emit light. This means that LEDs can be applied to many unique shapes. Also, the amount of light they emit is variable. This means you can easily dim or brighten a room. This is especially effective for conference rooms.
Since these lights can be arranged in so many ways, this is where the design element shines. Layers of lighting can be folded across a room to create an interesting dynamic.
This sort of styling can be seen in an office conference room case study. This specific office had existing overhead light that were using an excessive amount of energy. Instead of removing old lights, the lighting designers retrofit a kit to allow LEDs to be plugged into the older lighting fixture.
Around the central retrofitted LEDs, several new fixtures were added to create an attractive glow around the full-width meeting table. Finally, low light floodlights were placed along with walls.
The final result was a special work environment with a great ambient mood. The lighting scheme enables a bright area to talk or write that is entirely focused around the table and everyone who sits there.
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The term Architectural Lighting encompasses three main factors. The first is the building’s aesthetic, which is crucial for any commercial, especially retail, environment. The second consideration is ergonomic or functional — any aspect which improves one’s ability to live, work, function, relax or play — to make the space easier to use. The third aspect involves the efficiency of energy, ensuring that light is properly, which is to say economically or optimally, used and distributed.
If the work of lighting design was just left to services engineers to meet regulation-determined illuminance criteria per application, then interior and exterior architectural spaces would become soulless environments. Using qualitative measurements, architects and lighting designers can make sure the architectural intention and aesthetic character of a space is not compromised.
The science of measuring light, photometry, specifically applies to light in a space. Photometrics gauges how humans perceive light — its coverage area, where light cuts off and the intensity of light in relation to distance from the light source. In practical terms, photometrics shows whether a lighting plan meets the qualitative and quantitative lighting requirements for a project.
Products can demand attention with the help of proper lighting. This means an open floor plan with tactical attention to lighting fixture placement, brightness, color temperature, and CRI. The ability of LED Lighting to meet these technical requirements is what makes it the #1 choice of lighting designers and architects.
At Alcon Lighting’s LA headquarters, co-founder David Hakimi adopted a 12 year-old dog named Nano and decided to bring him into the office every day. Let’s just say it garnered some attention. It quickly became clear that Nano, who’s now 14 years old, relishes a long nap. Nano likes to hop and curl up in an easy chair, resting his head on the arm, drifting into slumber. In fact, David says this is Nano’s favorite activity.