Lighting design is the process of designing lighting systems to serve the needs of the people that use them. It usually involves leveraging both natural and artificial lighting to ensure your building is consistently and appropriately well-lit.
Lighting design considers the activities for which lighting is required, the degree of light that’s needed, the effects this light will have on users, the opportunity for automation and the distribution of lighting across your premises. Applying the principles of good lighting design to your business premises can offer a number of benefits.
In addition to the processes and factors discussed, “good” lighting design should meet several criteria.
The most important of these is adequacy. Inadequate lighting can strain people’s eyes, negatively affect their mood, reduce productivity and even present a workplace health and safety challenge. In contrast, good lighting design ensures every space in your premises is appropriately lit for people to fulfil their necessary tasks. It also ensures that its effect upon people’s moods and productivity is positive.
With ever-rising energy bills and increasing environmental consciousness, good lighting design should also be energy efficient. Typically, this means using energy efficient lights, but it may also involve incorporating automation so you only ever use the light you actually need.
Finally, good lighting design should be aesthetically pleasing. Whether this means your lighting is sleek and understated or you incorporate feature lighting, the end result should be suited to your premises, people and clientele.
QUT Wet Labs is an example of a Premis Solutions project where the lighting design ensures adequate lighting for the building’s users. As you can see from the photo below, the space is well-lit to facilitate the activities of science students, tutors and lecturers.
The Griffith University Health Food Store offers an example where lighting design isn’t just functional. In addition to the sensible spread for consistent illumination, the room’s lighting has also been used to complement its aesthetic and create a warm and inviting feel.
Mixing natural and artificial light can lower electricity bills and create a more comfortable environment for a building’s human users. Our refurbishment of Legal Aid Southport is an example of lighting design that leverages both these forms of lighting to best effect.
Fitting out a new premises or refurbishing your existing one both present an opportunity to improve your lighting design. To discuss how Premis Solutions can assist you with your next project, call us today on 1300 773 647. You can also check out our other projects here.