The way you use light in your business plays an important role in not only how your guests and customers see your business, but how your employees stay on task and do their jobs safely. Lighting is mainly thought of as coming from an artificial source, but businesses can find many benefits when they use natural, organic light for their spaces.
Recent advancements in LED technology, as well as shading and natural light control, have increased the range of options that businesses have when illuminating their spaces. It is important to first define how the light will be used.
Lighting can be divided into four categories:
Ambient lighting – This is the main source of light in your facility. It helps your customers and employees make their way around your building safely, and it cuts the gloom and illuminates your products and walkways. Brighter ambient light can increase safety for heavily trafficked areas or be softer and more neutral for waiting areas and hallways. The design of modern office spaces allows for more open areas and workstations. This creates more diverse and fluid workspaces with the added benefit of easier access to windows and skylights. These light sources can add natural light to augment your ambient lighting system.
Task lighting – More focused lighting used for smaller areas that accomplish certain tasks. Poor lighting and eyestrain are a common complaint among employees, especially if they are required to work in a certain area for the majority of their day. Task lighting maintains a comfortable atmosphere and allows the employee to customize and control the brightness and direction of the light they need to accomplish their jobs.
Accent lighting – This is subtler lighting that is used to feature specific areas of your building and give a sense of importance to your storefront or certain pieces of art. This is a great place to use natural lighting for daytime and artificial for night. It can be used in window displays to draw people into your store, display cases to show off awards, or entryways as a soft entrance to your building.
Decorative lighting – This is as much about the light fixture itself more than the light it produces, but decorative lighting can be a centerpiece of a waiting area, complete with a customizable LED lighting system to put on a light show. Natural light can also be used to bring a little something extra to these spaces.
How you use these types of light depends on your business:
Your store has special lighting demands. Where your store is located, how many windows and skylights it has, and how they are shaded will determine if natural light can be used. Also, in high traffic areas where safety is a concern, natural light can be counted on to illuminate the space properly.
A custom lighting control system is vital for a restaurant as the correct mood will take your establishment to the next level. Natural light is a great choice, as is LED. Neon lighting can also be used to add that extra special something.
In an office, it is all about providing a comfortable workspace that works with computer screens and LED display walls. But separate from that are waiting areas, conference rooms, and hallways that may require other lighting solutions.
Adjustable lighting is essential for patient rooms as the proper light can aid the healing process and reduce stress and anxiety. Nurses stations, surgical theaters, special treatment areas, staircases, hallways and offices all have their own unique lighting challenges.
If your business is faced with a unique lighting challenge, call Techteriors for a free consultation. Our lighting experts can assess your common spaces, office areas, showroom floors, waiting areas and any business space to make sure you have the proper lighting.