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Architectural lighting design

Architectural lighting design plays a crucial role in enhancing the functionality and aesthetics of a space, and is considered by interior designers, architects, and other design professionals.

There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach and any lighting scheme should consider the goals and requirements of a project’s space, as well as the desired atmosphere.

Architectural lighting design involves creating a cohesive lighting scheme that incorporates various lighting types such as ambient, task, and accent lighting.

Detail Lighting are experts in architectural lighting design. Our team works with architects, interior designers and lighting specifiers on a daily basis to create architectural lighting schemes.

Our technical competence can assist with creating layered lighting, integrating lighting controls, assisting with beam angles, helping you with the placement of lighting fixtures, and much more.

Architectural lighting design

Architectural lighting design - an overview

The purpose of architectural lighting design is to feature architectural elements while achieving a balance of aesthetics, functionality, and efficiency.

Architecture, technology, and interior design underpin the process of architectural lighting.

Architectural lighting in architecture

Architectural lighting is designed to influence how people see the architecture. The layout of a room, the features, the use of natural light and how the room is used will all be considerations for interior designers and other specifiers when designing a lighting scheme that showcases the architecture while optimising functionality.

Architectural lighting fixtures

Architectural lighting fixtures are used to highlight areas and features of a room to create mood while also facilitating activities. Typical architectural lighting fixtures are recessed lighting, lighting tracks, wall sconces, low-level lighting and uplighting, downlights, linear LED lighting, spotlights, and wall washing.

Where to position lights on the floor?

In-ground floor lights can be used to illuminate features or frame certain elements such as an entrance or window.

To do this, lights should be positioned at around 50 – 150mm from the wall. Of course, lights on the floor are the perfect solution for orientation along a floor or up steps. For these concepts, lights should be positioned as close to the edge of the area as possible.

Where to position lights on the ceiling?

Ceiling lights should, quite simply, be positioned where they are needed.

This might be over tables, key pieces of furniture or other featured areas. A ceiling light is the most effective task lighting, particularly in bathrooms or kitchens, because it is positioned overhead rather than behind the user.

Layered lighting techniques

Layered lighting involves combining ambient lighting, task lighting and accent lighting to create multi-functional spaces that enhance the wellbeing of users.

Through the use of controls and sensors, the different layers can be blended and adjusted to create the ideal ambiance and illuminance.

Lighting design principles

Architectural lighting design principles achieve a balance of aesthetics, functionality, and efficiency.

While the designer will want to create stunning lighting design concepts that deliver the wow factor, architectural design principles will dictate that functionality and efficiency must also feature. It is for this reason that layered lighting and a wide range of architectural lighting fixtures will be included in any lighting specifier’s design scheme.

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