- Author : Timothy Allsworth
There are four general types of lighting commonly used in a retail environment: Ambient lighting, task lighting, accent and decorative lighting. The ambient lighting is the primary source of illumination for the vast majority of retail locations. It could be stated that ambient lighting is the ‘life-force’ of retail environments, as it illuminates the stores, but does not create ambience or mood. This is achieved through the various methods used to light the location – from skylights, downlights, fluorescent and LED lighting etc. In addition, lighting helps create a safe and comfortable environment by regulating natural daylight, especially at night.
Types of lighting
When considering lighting installation in your retail outlet, you need to consider installing what is known as task lighting. This is primarily for the purposes of reading, writing or other tasks such as cutting, grooming or other similar tasks. A well-placed overhead light is ideal as this illuminates all of the nooks and crannies of the store. In addition, consider installing dimmer switches so that light can be dimmed according to the amount of foot traffic in the area. Ideally, each customer entering the store should be served by different levels of light; 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 as they leave.
Another important consideration for task lighting is using fluorescent or LED (light-emitting diode) fluorescent tubes for internal and external fixtures. These provide more illumination 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 fixtures so that light can be switched off when not needed, which reduces clutter and improves safety.
Outdoor lighting in the form of post lights, rope lights, hanging plants, and solar lights are additional types of fixtures that can be placed around your property to provide additional illumination. 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. The more LEDs, the brighter the light and the longer it will last. 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 (light-emitting diode) tubes. LED lights are relatively new and provide the lowest energy output of any standard bulb. Generally, 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 illumination for specific tasks such as computer work or sewing. You can also purchase task lighting in the form of a floor lamp. Floor lamps typically illuminate a large area and are ideal for lighting up hallways or foyers. You may also choose to purchase a wall-mounted desk lamp to provide task lighting at night.
In addition to providing general illumination, you may also want to consider using floodlights or indirect lighting. Floodlights use bright floodlights to illuminate a larger space while also providing a soft warm glow against any background. Indirect lighting provides soft, even light over a larger area without creating a glare. 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 out of your lighting controls, it is important that you become accustomed to how they work. Once you have mastered the basics, you should find that you can easily control your illumination in almost every situation. When you use your electrical outlet and switch to illuminate the areas that you need, you can then add additional elements of dimming or other effects to highlight special details. If you do not know how to turn on a light or where to place a switch, simply consult a licensed electrician in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast