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Sustainable Lighting Design Trends

Sustainable lighting design trends are central to the remit of specifiers such as interior designers, architects, and property developers. A major focus for clients is seeking to reduce their environmental impact and operating costs, while also providing a healthy and comfortable work environment for their employees.

Lighting consumes a significant amount of energy in a building, and inefficient lighting can result in high energy bills and unnecessary carbon emissions.

Detail Lighting work with specifiers to incorporate sustainable lighting design trends into lighting schemes that meet the expectations of eco-conscious users.

Sustainable Lighting Design Trends

Sustainable lighting design trends - an overview

Sustainable lighting design trends are aimed at lower energy consumption and waste reduction. LED lighting technology that uses significantly less energy than traditional lightbulbs is central to sustainable lighting design trends. LEDs also last far longer so reduce waste and is a positive factor in the Circular Economy.

Smart technology plays a major role in sustainable lighting design trends by allowing users to tailor the output of their lighting to meet their daily needs, rather than constantly being operational and using energy.

Sensors are popular in sustainable lighting design, particularly in hallways and infrequently used spaces, only coming on when a user is present.

Repair why replace  – our sustainable lighting policy

At Detail Lighting, we advocate and promote our ‘repair, why replace?’ policy.

Using our expertise in sustainable lighting design, we repair existing luminaires and fittings for our lighting design concepts wherever possible, rather than using brand new lighting products.

Refurbishing the light fixtures is a carbon win, because there are significantly less new emissions involved in repairing/upgrading, as opposed to sourcing and installing new lighting products.

Our products are designed to be serviced, upgraded, reused, and refurbished.

A ‘Repair, why Replace?’ strategy is, we believe, a significant player in environmentally friendly lighting design.

Energy-efficient lighting design

Energy-efficient lighting design begins with maximising the impact of natural daylight wherever and whenever possible.

From there, incorporating timers, sensors, dimmers, and other lighting controls, LED bulbs to improve the energy efficiency of your lighting design.

LED lighting solutions

LED lighting solutions are available in a range of product types. Particularly popular in sustainable lighting design trends is linear LED lighting which creates clean lines of light for both task lighting in the likes of bathrooms and kitchens, and ambient light in ceilings.

For on-trend aesthetics, versatile LED lighting tracks create a chic, consistent distribution of light in both residential and commercial spaces.

Best practices for sustainable lighting design

Best practices for sustainable lighting design

By installing task lighting and reducing the level of ambient lighting in a design scheme, sustainability can be enhanced.

Low energy LED bulbs should always be chosen over traditional bulbs in sustainable lighting design, along with smart technology and task lighting.

Regular maintenance to keep bulbs clean will also keep lighting fixtures operating at optimum illumination capacity.

Lighting controls for energy conservation

Lighting controls such as dimmers, motion sensors, occupancy sensors and timers all help to conserve energy. In addition, photosensors that prevent lights from operating during the day time will help reduce energy consumption.

At Detail Lighting we can advise you on this and recommend the lighting controls that are most suitable for your project, usually choosing between

  • DALI lighting control systems
  • Casambi Bluetooth switches
  • 0-10v dimming
  • Regular mains dimmer switches

Task tuning that allows users to set levels of light for different tasks can be particularly useful for energy conservation in commercial settings.

By designing with LED lighting controls it increases your chances of your project complying with criteria set out in relevant Building Regulations – including Approve Document L and Future Homes Standard.

The last major revision to Approved Document L was back in 2013 and with the wider adoption of LED technology and controls since then, lighting is much more advanced and capable of greater energy savings set out as the minimum standards.


How can daylight be used in sustainable lighting design?

As well as the room layout and positioning of lighting fixtures, automatic daylight dimming can be used to control the lighting level in a room depending on how much daylight is present.

How is sustainable lighting used outdoors?

Lighting outdoors is generally used for aesthetics, security or orientation. As with interiors, smart controls such as sensors and timers can be used to make outdoor lighting more sustainable.

How do Detail Lighting support lighting products for life?

Our products are designed to be serviced, upgraded, reused and refurbished. They are labelled with repair and recycling instructions.

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