When designing a commercial architectural project, there are several elements to consider in order to ensure functionality and comfort.

One of the most important elements is lighting. Commercial lighting needs to fulfill different conditions, so the purpose of the room becomes clear. That is why spaces like offices, grocery stores, hospitality projects and other types, require specific lighting aspects you should follow.

Why is Commercial Lighting so important?

Unlike residential lighting, where the goal is to create a relaxed ambiance, in commercial projects the type of lighting used will optimize the consumer experience to be as productive and interactive with the business as possible.

A well-lit space will set a mood for the space, influence customers’ emotions and, in general, create a sense of well-being, where they feel good. Not to mention how the use of lighting will generate visual interest in products and make them more appealing, something that can be achieved using dimmable track lighting and different color temperature.

Although it can be more expensive, LED commercial lighting has a more durable, long-lasting technology and better cost-saving energy than regular lighting. This also depends on which type of commercial lighting projects you are planning.

Types of Commercial Lighting

Office Lighting

In this category of commercial project, lighting doesn’t have to be designed only to help optimize the performance of the employees. Corresponding to their biological lighting needs is crucial to help them to feel energized and more productive, giving them a feeling of wellness in the space.

The best way to achieve a good level of lighting in an office is through a combination of general lighting and task-oriented lighting, using as much natural light as possible.

When defining which type of environment you want to achieve in a specific zone, have into account the right lighting color temperature. This varies between warm, cool and neutral. You can find out more about it here.

Retail Spaces

Designing a retail architectural project involves creating a space that attracts customers and sells products but also reflects the identity of the brand and fosters a positive environment for everyone around.

There are different types of retail projects and according to them, lighting varies.

In a supermarket, for example, different lighting color temperatures and different lumens are used to distinguish sections in order to evidence the freshness of the products.

With this in mind, every business has to adapt the light to its purpose and even the lighting fixture must fit into the overall environment. Recessed lighting and Track Lighting are some of the most popular types of lighting in retail projects.

Hospitality Lighting

Hospitality lighting is a critical aspect of hospitality design that can transform the ambiance of restaurants, hotels, and other entertainment spaces.

The right type of lighting enhances the guest’s experience and creates a warm and inviting atmosphere, highlighting the unique features of the space. The key to lighting up a hospitality project is to create a plan that considers the purpose of the space, whether it’s more of an intimate environment or not, the brand image and the desired guest experience.

By choosing the right elements, designers and architects will create a pleasant experience for guests that reinforces the brand and generates positive reviews and repeat business.

Lighting often is interpreted as a secondary element to the space, but as we have seen, good commercial lighting is crucial for any project, from offices to retail spaces and hospitality. It creates a positive atmosphere and optimizes the customer experience.

Follow these guidelines to design comfortable, functional and attractive commercial spaces.

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