Architectural lighting design or commercial lighting can either make or break the spaces we work, rest, shop or play in so it is important to get the building lighting design right first time. Good lighting design can create drama, define, accentuate and enrich on so many different levels, get it wrong and the opposite it is true and the ripple effects will be felt by people and their organisations. I am sure we have all experience the effects working on a computer or entering a supermarket, exhibition or retail space and after a short while you’re not sure why but you start to develop a headache or don’t feel yourself?
This is in part due to an over bright space using far too many halogen spot or lighting fittings creating a myriad of twinkling spots which your eyes have to deal with. These halogen lamps are great for making merchandise sparkle but it has also the opposite effect which is to potentially give headaches when over used and of course it uses huge amounts of the valuable energy.
Lighting design should be a balance that embraces aesthetics, function, flexibility, energy efficiency but in addition to this provide a positive feeling or well-being factor.
When entering an architectural, retail, office or commercial space there should be an element of “I am not sure why but I really enjoyed being there”? Now I know that isn’t just the lighting, it is a recipe of so many things for example; inspiring architecture, good ventilation, acoustics and surfaces to name but a few, however it must at all cost include the well-being factor of a balance d lighting design.
Our lighting design consultants are conscious to build in this well-being factor into all of our architectural, retail, commercial, museum & residential lighting projects.
Understanding the technical aspects of well-being lighting design and how to achieve it can be a difficult challenge, especially when there is pressure to balance the projects other requirements and get it all within budget.
However if the task is clearly a requirement of the lighting designer and discussed from the beginning, simple and obvious choices can be made, for example by simply positioning the light fittings in the optimum position for eye comfort and using anti glare reflectors we can dramatically reduce the amount of twinkling stars that greet the visitors eyes.
If all lighting design consultants embraced well-being lighting design and made clients buy into it we would all need less headache pills and as a society have far less tired eyes!