At the crossroads of Architecture, Interior Design, and Electrical Engineering is the field of Architectural Lighting. By bringing together art, science, and technology, an Architectural Lighting Designer can harvest the qualities of both natural and electric light to create a spatial experience unique to any structure or interior space.
Whether it’s linear pendant lighting used in a commercial lighting application to highlight a building’s architectural lines and modern edgy look or cove lighting used to highlight a traditional or modern ceiling, architectural lighting enhances an architecture’s personality.
The manipulation of light allows Designers to create a sense of space and atmosphere for its occupants. Different sources of light accommodate different needs. An Architectural Lighting Designer is equipped with the technical expertise and experience to choose the lighting that might be best suited to exist in harmony with an architectural space.
With the current developments and advancements in lighting technology, Specification-Grade lighting fixtures allow Architectural Lighting Designers the flexibility and creativity to customize light fixtures from numerous sizes, shapes, and features.
Here are some important factors to consider when determining what might be the right Architectural Lighting fixture variation for your application:
- Architectural Lighting fixtures are offered in varying sizes and lengths – even custom lengths at times – to fit the dimensions of any space. Improvements in design now also allow Designers to craft fixtures into patterns to fit the many varieties of space we move through.
- A big benefit of Architectural Lighting fixtures is the ability to paint it virtually any color. Sometimes a unique project demands an eye catching color.
- Different spaces require different methods of mounting, whether it be suspended Pendants, Recessed, or hanging Surface or Wall mounts. Architectural Lighting fixtures have the capability to fit the specific need and with various kits available, installation has never been less of a hassle.
- Pendant and Wall mounted lighting fixtures often have the option of directing light in multiple directions. A seemingly simple feature can have a grand impact when it comes to illuminating an interior space.
- As we move towards more energy efficient lighting, the light output of a fixture can be configured to produce optimal lighting (measured in lumens) without sacrificing quality and producing excess waste.
Light Color Temperature
- Architectural Lighting Designers understand that humans’ visibility, productivity, and health are all affected by the color temperature of light, from cool light to warm light. The capability to adjust color temperature helps to ensure focus and productivity during the day and comfort and rest at night.
- Lighting fixtures have evolved to feature dimming systems, sensors, and other technological improvements that affect and enhance the functionality of these lights. Architectural Lighting Designers work in conjunction with the Engineer and the Architect on each project to determine the right lighting system to use.
- The Color Rendering Index is an important consideration as the higher the quality, the higher the cost, which leads to a more accurate color rendered by the LED.
- An important factor when designing light intended to highlight, illuminate, or accentuate, the beam spread is considered when working with recessed downlights and track lighting.
The field of Architectural Lighting seeks to take full advantage of the benefits of quality lighting by showing how complex and nuanced our relationship with light, space, and architecture can be.
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