- Author : Timothy Allsworth
There are four main types of lighting used in retail environments: Ambient lighting, task lighting, accent and decorative lighting. Ambient lighting is the main option for the majority of retail locations. Ambient lighting is important because it illuminates the stores and sets a certain type of atmosphere. The mood and ambience of a retail site can also be maintained with skylights, downlights, fluorescent or LED lighting. Lighting is also important to help create a safe and comfortable environment during night time.
Types of lighting
When you need lighting installation in your retail outlet, you should consider using “task lighting”. This kind of lighting is mainly used for the purposes of reading, writing or tasks such as cutting, grooming or other similar jobs. A well-placed overhead light is the best option, as it illuminates all of the nooks and crannies of the store. You should also consider installing dimmer switches so that light in your store can be dimmed according to the amount of foot traffic in the area. Ideally, customers should be served by different levels of light in each stage of their shopping experience; a high level of light to greet them when they enter, a lower level to help them leave and a dimmer switch to manage brightness levels.
Another important consideration for task lighting is using fluorescent or LED fluorescent tubes for internal and external fixtures. These provide more light at a lower wattage than incandescent bulbs but are more efficient and give off a stronger beam. To avoid issues such as eye strain and involuntary eye movement, consider replacing incandescent lighting with these types of fluorescent lights. Additionally, consider using dimmer switches on internal lighting to improve safety.
Outdoor lighting is a great way to enhance the appearance of your retail store. Post lights, rope lights, hanging ligths, and solar lights can all help you to provide additional illumination during the night. Typically, you only need one light to light a path or to outline a space. For areas where you want to provide more illumination, consider purchasing an outdoor post light that contains multiple LEDs. A higher number of LED’s equals a brigher light and longer life span. When using multiple LEDs, ensure that you do not use the same strand for multiple fixtures.
Some types of lighting include lighting directly from light bulbs such as halogen, compact fluorescent bulbs, and LED tubes. LED lights are the most recent invention, and they use the least energy out of all the standar bulbs. However, these types of fixtures are more expensive and harder to install than regular incandescent light bulbs.
Task lighting is essential in the workplace for safety and convenience. Consider purchasing multiple small pendant lamps to provide focused lighting for specific tasks such as computer work or other tasks. You can also purchase task lighting in the form of a floor lamp. Floor lamps typically illuminate a large area, making them ideal for hallways or foyers. You may also choose to purchase a wall-mounted desk lamp to provide task lighting at night.
Along with providing general illumination, you may also want to try using floodlights or indirect lighting. Floodlights can illuminate a larger space while also providing a soft warm glow against any background. Indirect lighting provides soft, balanced light over a larger area without creating a glare effect. Whether you choose floodlights or indirect lights, installing accent lighting will create a dramatic effect that is sure to make you feel safer, more comfortable, and more productive.
In order to get the most from your lighting, you should aim to understand how they work. Once you have mastered the basics, you’ll find it easier to control your illumination in almost every situation. When you use the various types to light up certain areas, you can then add additional elements like dimming or other effects to highlight special details. If you do not know how to install a light or where to place a switch, simply consult a licensed electrician such as IFixElectrics, in Brisbane or the Sunshine Coast.