Bright Spaces, Bright Ideas
Lighting is one of the best, easiest, and most cost-effective ways to improve an office environment. The challenge most business owners face is to create a cohesive look that also effectively illuminates different areas all under one roof. Lighting must be functional and stay in line with the corporate image. Business owners have to find a way to integrate and balance ambient, task, accent, and decorative lighting into each area of the office. Keeping in mind that the ambiance that lighting creates will not only affect the employees but clients as well.
Our designers consider a variety of key elements when developing lighting plans for businesses and here is a quick insight into the process of designing lighting for a work or commercial space.
Solely increasing brightness in a space is not effective and wastes electricity. The key to functional lighting that is also creative is layering light and using contrast throughout the space. There are four basic layers of lighting: general lighting (AKA ambient lighting), accent lighting, task lighting, and decorative lighting. By layering these light types, depth and dimension is added to the space. You can achieve contrast by increasing brightness within the different types of light. To create subtle contrast within a space, the accent lighting should be two times brighter than the general lighting level.
General lighting is the main source of illumination in a space. It should provide the area with overall brightness to aid in orientation and general tasks. When diffused, general lighting ensures a sense of well-being and makes employees feel comfortable.
Task lighting is used to light areas specific to certain tasks. They provide focused, localized, and bright lighting. Successful task lighting should eliminate shadows on the specific illuminated area, while preventing glare form off surfaces. Glare hinders office work. To avoid glare increase the brightness of surrounding areas, or decreasing the brightness of the glare source.
Accent lighting emphasizes design aesthetics by creating shapes, textures, finishes, and colors. The key is to make this illumination more precise and with increased intensity than the surrounding ambient lighting, especially to avoid glare.
Decorative lighting serves two purposes, it adds to the lighting layers and it contributed to the design element. Decorative lighting includes pendants, sconces, chandeliers, table and floor lamps, and cylinders.
When designing a space, always start with functionality and then move on to lighting best for that area. This should be done for each space, with an overall uniform look and feel in mind. The best lighting designs are usually integrated into the architecture of the space. Our lighting experts always add the appropriate lights needed while keeping it simple to avoid visual clutter.
One must not forget that lighting is part of the décor and when done right adds beauty and style. turning your work space to a more attractive, exciting, and inviting place for your employees to thrive and infuse your business with bright ideas.