10 Best Commercial Lighting Ideas
Gone are the days when commercial and office lighting is synonymous to the harsh glare of white fluorescent lights. These days, there are hundreds—even thousands—of options that you can choose from when it comes to providing your office or commercial space with stylish yet functional lighting that is likewise conducive to productivity.
In this guide, we present some lighting ideas that you can explore for your own commercial space. Many of the suggestions in this list are compatible with various kinds of commercial ceiling styles, but there are also other lighting options that you can install elsewhere to give you more creative leeway.
Recessed lighting is perfect for creating a simple and clean look. It’s also a good choice if you want to have ample overhead lighting but aren’t a big fan of large fixtures. Another benefit of recessed lighting is that they don’t take up a lot of space, both visually and physically. They can also make a small space look bigger, thanks to the effect called “wall washing.” Speaking of walls, you can also use recessed lights on walls to serve as accent lighting, a form or wall art, or even general lighting.
Another option for overhead lighting is track lighting, which involves placing light bulbs along a track or bar. What’s great about track lighting is that you can adjust the positioning of the bulbs so you can get more light where you need it. Track lighting is ideal for commercial ceilings in a modern, minimalist, or industrial-style space.
When you think about chandeliers, you probably think of a grand fixture that’s glittering with crystals or glass in a ballroom or a hotel lobby. That’s not entirely wrong, of course. However, glass chandeliers aren’t your only option. There are also those made from metal, acrylic, or even natural materials like seashells, wood, or rope. Moreover, chandeliers aren’t just about smooth and elegant circles and curves. There are also options with sleek, sharp lines and angles, and geometric shapes. Chandeliers are best for creating an overhead focal point, while providing subtle lighting to the area directly beneath it.
Pendant lights are similar to chandeliers in that they hang from the ceiling. Unlike chandeliers with multiple light bulbs, however, pendant lights only have just one or two bulbs. Moreover, pendant lights hang lower. This makes them perfect for illuminating coworking desks or conference tables. For a different take on pendant lights, you can cluster smaller-sized fixtures that are either “naked” or decorated with glass globes, shades, or other ornaments.
Sky Lights and Natural Lighting
Nothing beats natural lighting when it comes to brightening up a room and giving it a cosier, more welcoming feel. In addition, studies have shown that ample amounts of daylight can actually increase productivity by up to 40 percent. People who have regular exposure to natural light are also found to have better quality of sleep. Obviously, using as much natural light as possible also cuts your power costs. In short, illuminating your commercial space with more natural light is beneficial to everyone. You can use both skylights and large glass windows to make this possible. There are also lighting systems that use daylight for brightness control. These automatically dim or brighten artificial lights depending on the amount of natural light in the space.
Floor lamps are perfect if you want to provide targeted lighting to a small area like a reading nook. You can also use a floor lamp to light up an individual desk or working space. It’s a good supplemental light source that can also add visual interest to a small room.
Don’t have enough space on the floor? Use the wall! Wall sconces, like floor lamps, are perfect sources of supplemental light. Sconces can also be used to light up hallways or as decorative elements flanking doors, paintings, or other focal points. Modern styles of wall sconces also come with extendable, swiveling arms so you can use them to light up desks.
LED Colour Wash
Lighting fixtures aren’t necessarily just for literally lighting up a space. They’re also great for adding character to a commercial space. For example, instead of using paint, you can use LED lights to colour wash a bare wall. What’s more, you can easily change the colour of the lights simply by installing multiple lamps and a switch. Colour washing a wall with LED lights can also be used for indoor and smaller applications. For example, if you have a focal point like a wall fountain, you can use small LED colour wash lamp to give the fountain more depth and drama.
If you have something that you want to draw attention to, like a painting or mural, one of the best options would be to use a spotlight. To switch things up a bit and to add more atmosphere, you put the spotlight below the painting instead of on the ceiling. You can also use several smaller bulbs instead of one or two lamps. Spotlights can also be used to make a room look bigger. How? Simply install spotlights with soft bulbs in ceiling corners and point them upwards.
LED Strip Lights
Lights aren’t just for ceilings or walls. You can also install them on furniture or other accessories. One good example would be strip lighting placed on shelves, the edges of mirrors, stairs, or even behind signages. You can also outline windows with colourful lights to highlight its unique shape or to serve as holiday decorations, for example. Of course, if you’re using strip lights outdoors, make sure that you’re using products that are designed for outdoor use.
Lighting is important in any kind of commercial space. The fixtures don’t just provide light and pleasing aesthetics, they can also uplift mood and contribute to productivity. They can even make customers feel more comfortable and even attract new people to check out an establishment. Proper lighting is also essential to the health and safety of people in any space, be it at home or in the workplace. In short, you should be paying more attention to lighting. Start with these ideas to help brighten up your commercial space.