In order to experience, understand and appreciate architecture, lighting plays an important role. It is an ultimate medium that allows people to see the beauty in buildings and structures around us. Moreover, lighting also brings an emotional value to the architecture, whether naturally or artificially by creating an experience for those who are in that room/or space.
Without the help of lighting, architecture would not have the same impact because it’s the lighting design that draws attention to colors, textures, and the structure of a space. To genuinely appreciate architecture, you need to have a vision and lighting enhances the way we regard architecture even more!
By blending, lighting solutions with architecture will not only enhance the architecture but also create an aesthetical experience for the occupants. The right lighting solutions are a mix of art, architecture, design and technology. The architecture being lighted may be for commercial or residential purposes. But, in both cases, other fields including design, physics, engineering, and psychological and physiological effects of light, also come into play.
There are three important aspects of architectural lighting to keep in mind to create a successful balance between architecture and lighting: Aesthetics, Function and Efficiency.
Aesthetics come into play when designers and architects work on the emotional impact the light and architecture is going to have on the occupants of the space. Designers will determine how they want people to feel when they walk in or around the space. This is especially important when working on retail locations; exterior lighting should draw customers in and the interior lighting will show off the products on display.
The next aspect, function, is equally significant and cannot be overlooked. Although we want the lighting to make the structure of the room look a certain way, we also have to ensure that it fulfils its fundamental goal – to help people see. The rooms of the building should be illuminated enough to make the occupants feel safe when navigating. People should be able to clearly see the floor and walls around them to create a feeling of reassurance.
The final aspect is crucial for the sustainability movements and green building. Architectural lighting designers need to create a layout, which is not only breathtaking but also energy efficient. Reducing the light wastage by making sure the majority of the light reaches the target will make the building more efficient. One of the best ways to do so is by replacing fluorescent lights with LEDs due to their directional nature.
Architectural lighting solution providers imagine and create a well-coordinated system keeping in mind the advantages of both natural light and artificial lights to enhance human action. Moreover, designs are purpose-focused, for instance, when working in the kitchen you are going to want the focus on illuminating the food preparation or cooking.
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