Guidelines for installing lights in commercial areas
During the installation of lights in commercial areas, what guidelines should I follow?
Safety is number one, and there are laws and regulations setting out what lighting must be installed in commercial settings - so follow these.
If your commercial premises is something like a restaurant, then make sure you allow for the best atmosphere, which means a very intimate mood.
In offices, use high quality LED panel lights with sufficient spacing that there are no pools of shadows.
It is very important to note that commercial lighting does not have to be ugly lighting.
For example, instead of using fluorescent lights (or LED lights that look like fluoros) you can use ceiling spotlights, accent lights, wall spotlights and LED strip lights which don't cost more but look a thousand times better.
A good interior designer will know all about lighting and should be able to help you.
I would say the most important type of light is the light that, ironically, should never be used: the emergency light.
If you do not have these properly installed then you are operating illegally and what's more you may not be insured.
If you have a retail store, then lighting is critical.
I am a designer, and often use two types of lights for stores that are very effective: ceiling spotlights and undercabinet lights.
Whatever lights you use, make sure they are cool white or daylight white.
Warm white should be avoided as it will make workers more sleepy.
A lot more businesses are starting to use solar lights - and I would highly support that.
It used to be that solar lights were dim and pathetic. These days they are so powerful that I have lit up huge billboards with solar lights.
Always concentrate on paths, corridors and walkways, as these are very easy to forget about. They need to be well lit, secure and safe.
In shopping centres, lighting is extremely important to ensure that all shopfronts are exposed.
Shoppers need to be able to walk around in more-or-less constant lighting. If the brightness is constantly changing they will start to feel very irritated without knowing why.
In commercial outdoor settings, you can use uplights, flood lights wall lights.
Make sure they are IK rated to at least IK08 (ideally IK10) against vandalism.
Lighting the outside of a business is extremely important for perception.
It should be artistic and focus on interesting things.
When installing and using solar lights, it is critical to position them in an outdoor area where there are approximately six up to eight hours of immense sun exposure in the daytime. This is essential to consider to fully-charge your solar panels.
What is more, pay attention to roofs, walls, or trees that could cover the solar panels and reduce their output during daybreak. Consider adjusting the panel tilt angle of your outdoor solar lights to make the most of the sunlight.