Any kind of business premises can benefit from the right type of lighting; in an office space it can enhance productivity and reduce eye strain, in restaurants, it can set the mood for a comfortable dining experience, in retail spaces it can showcase products beautifully, etc. How do you know which type is right for your business needs?
Here are some types of lighting options suitable for business premises to consider.
Accent lighting is a type of lighting primarily for highlighting a particular object, area, or feature in a space such as artwork, merchandise displays, or architectural details. This is typically in conjunction with other types of lighting, such as ambient or task lighting.
Some examples of accent lighting fixtures that may be used in business premises include:
- Track lighting fixtures are mounted on a track that can be adjusted to direct the light in different directions so are often used in retail or showroom environments to highlight specific products or displays
- Recessed lighting fixtures are installed into the ceiling and provide a subtle, low-profile lighting effect so they are often used in conference rooms or reception areas to highlight artwork or architectural features
- Wall sconces are decorative fixtures that are mounted onto walls for a soft, ambient lighting effect so they can be used to create a cozy, inviting atmosphere in a lobby or waiting area
Task lighting is a type of lighting primarily for illuminating a specific area where a task is being performed, such as reading, writing, or working on a computer because it’s a focused, bright light source that can reduce eye strain and increase productivity.
Some examples of task lighting fixtures that may be used in a business setting include:
- Desk lamps are small, portable fixtures that can be placed on a desk or table to provide focused lighting for reading, writing, or computer work
- Under-cabinet lighting is a type of task lighting that is installed underneath cabinets or shelves for illumination of tasks such as food preparation or office work
- Pendant lights are suspended from a ceiling so they can be used to provide focused lighting over a conference table or workbench
- Floor lamps are freestanding fixtures so they can be used as task lighting in areas where a table or desk is not available
Ambient lighting is a type of lighting primarily for the overall illumination of a space so it is often referred to as general lighting.
Some examples of ambient lighting fixtures that may be used in business premises include:
- Ceiling-mounted fixtures, such as recessed lights or surface-mounted fixtures, are commonly used to provide ambient lighting in larger spaces, such as lobbies, conference rooms, or retail spaces
- Chandeliers are decorative fixtures that are suspended from a ceiling for a more dramatic and elegant lighting effect in premises like upscale retail or hospitality settings
- Natural light from windows or skylights can mean a soft and comforting lighting effect. Plus it means reduced energy costs and a more sustainable work environment
The right type of lighting is essential for creating functional and visually appealing business premises. Think about the specific needs and goals of your space and choose lighting that supports those goals while also adhering to safety and compliance standards.