Many people think that lighting is a simple decision if you don’t overthink. However, one cannot overlook the different aspects of an effective workplace. If you consider all the aspects that go into making a place well-lit, you will understand how complicated the lighting design process is.
We are going to share top five lighting design concepts and tips to consider while choosing workplace lighting:
Light Distribution and Brightness
Sunlight is a natural and amazing source, but how this natural light interacts with the artificial light inside a building matters a lot. We can’t overlook the adverse effects of natural light. Installing optimized windows is one way to adjust tint and reduce glare. Other light distribution issues include accent light that interact with the ambient light of your room. Some of these lights, especially across computer screen, cause glare. These lights can be used to enhance a dim room. You have to be careful of the way that they interact with other light sources in a space.
Exterior lighting and security is another light distribution and brightness consideration. While designing exterior lighting makes sure they should be photo metrically designed to meet the ILP security standards.
Most of the traditional lighting designs such as like incandescent and fluorescents consume comparatively huge amount of energy. For instance, 90% of the energy emitted by a traditional incandescent bulb is given off as heat, making them a very wasteful lighting option. Switching to more efficient bulb types such as LEDs can be the best energy saving solution which is great for both the environment and your bottom line.
Apart from efficiency and light interactions, we cannot forget about the physical appearance of different lighting designs and fixtures. They should be equally pleasing and well-contrasted to aesthetically enhance the feel of your workplace. Luminaires are different type of light fixtures, direct indirect pendants, wall wash lighting, cabinet lighting, task lightings etc. Effective luminaire mixtures can create skillfully lit areas.
There are different types of glare such as direct and indirect glare also known as reflective glare. Direct glare refers to the view of the light source and is typically in high contrasts to its surroundings. On the other hand, reflective glare is relatively tricky to deal with. It is because; it comes from the items we work with at out our workplace such as sleek papers, desks, and computer screens. In case of reflective glare, you need to consider the surface colors in an area as well as diffusion of the light sources. Nonglossy walls and surfaces help to reduce reflection glare, while indirect lighting can help reduce glare from the lights themselves.
As mentioned earlier, making glare-free workspaces is a complicated process, but our experts knowledgeable in this task and can make essential suggestions. Glare control is particularly important in an office environment, as it can distract employees from their work in a place where focus is important.
If you want to add a layer of comfort, style, practicality, and beauty to your home, layering the light in your home does it all. Ambient light will add general illumination for your home, while task lighting adds a layer of focus to your lighting scheme. Accent lighting is like the icing on the cake – it dresses up your rooms and gives it a sense of style and ambiance. Layered light is simply arranging multiple kinds of lighting to blend together.
Illuminations Lighting Design has been at the forefront of the professional lighting business since 2004. We’ve helped thousands of homeowners in Houston and the surrounding areas in Texas design the perfect layered lighting design for their homes. We can do it for you too. Give us a call at 713-863-1133 to set up a consultation.