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Where to begin with commercial architectural lighting?

The purpose of architectural lighting design in commercial spaces is to highlight architectural features, create uniformity where required and provide the most appropriate aesthetics and mood for the design, layout and use of the building.

But where do you begin with designing commercial architectural lighting?

Where to begin with commercial architectural lighting?

When it comes to architectural lighting in commercial spaces there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach. To get started you need to understand what you want your lighting to achieve, which will depend on the purpose of the commercial space.

By using downlights, uplights, decorative lighting, task lighting and other lighting applications, you can focus on architectural features and set the most effective light levels to maximise the purpose of a room.

Detail Lighting are experts in commercial architectural lighting design. We work with architects, interior designers and property developers to advise on the best lighting applications for each commercial space.

Where to begin with commercial architectural lighting?

Benefits of LED lighting in commercial buildings

The benefits of LED lighting in commercial buildings reach far beyond the aesthetics. LED lighting uses a fraction of the energy of traditional lightbulbs and doesn’t contain mercury, so offers an environmentally friendly alternative.

LED lighting in commercial buildings is also kind to a company’s bottom line due to the reduction in energy bills over a long period of time, particularly when operated through smart controls and sensors.

LED lighting is sustainable, with each bulb providing upwards of 50,000 hours of light which is equivalent to around 14 years if the lights are on for 10 hours a day.

Considering how many lightbulbs are required in commercial buildings, the financial and environmental gains are substantial.

Benefits of LED lighting in commercial buildings

Linear LED lighting vs. fluorescent lighting

One of the most widely used applications in commercial architectural lighting is linear LED lighting. Linear LED lighting provides continuous lines of LEDs that are less harmful to people than fluorescent lighting because they emit light at specific wavelengths and are unlikely to flicker or cause headaches and fatigue. Linear LED lighting also lasts much longer than fluorescent lighting and carries all the environmental benefits previously mentioned.

Linear LED lighting design ideas for commercial spaces

Linear LED lighting design in commercial spaces is driven by both conceptual ideas and practicalities. Linear LED lighting design can be used in ceilings, walls and on stairways and escalators for ambient lighting or waymarking, but it can also be used to easily create stunning displays of light in shapes such as circles, triangles, squares and hexagons.

Commercial LED lighting projects

Detail Lighting are commissioned by designers to work on a range of commercial LED lighting projects. These include versatile LED lighting solutions at Pennington Street London Dock Rum Factory and versatile LED lighting schemes for Vita Boutique Fitness.

Why work with us?

Detail Lighting have over 25 years of experience in designing lighting concepts and schemes for commercial spaces. We work with designers to engineer products that are tailormade for the dimensions of a space. We offer expertise in colour temperature, intensity, colour rendering and the positioning of light sources.

If you would like a no-obligation conversation on how we can work together, please get in touch using our contact form or by calling 01908 613256.

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For a no-obligation chat about your architectural lighting designs, please contact us using our online form, by email at, or by calling 01908 613256.

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