Why lighting design is playing an increasingly important role

Homage to light – why lighting design is playing an increasingly important role

Light is an essential design element, and architecture lives from it. The right lighting benefits more than imposing baroque facades. Whether shop fitting or private living, in the interior, light has long been a secret main actor. That is why inspiring room concepts always need inspiring lighting concepts.

Light shapes the plasticity of the architecture. It creates an interplay between materials, structures, and surfaces. It skillfully highlights architectural features. Countless examples show that light was already recognized as an essential element of architecture in ancient times. Even today, this remains the same, though the opposite is the case: As a room design element, light is becoming more important. Whether in shopfitting, public buildings, or private living areas, the light in the room is an important part of our daily life. Lighting design deals with the creative aspects as its core point. Both exposure to daylight and lighting with artificial light play a crucial role.

Light design in the room concept
Light design is playing an increasingly important role in interior design

Sensational lighting design – or the synergy of light and space

Light shapes buildings and brings rooms to life. However, the room can also have a direct influence on light – with openings or views. When one speaks of light in a room, one is speaking at the same time about synergy. The big picture works only if both factors are coordinated.

Light is the most important factor

Changing room concepts with light

Objects or parts of buildings can be accentuated and the background can be set with well-thought-out lighting. Accent and presentation lighting is therefore often used in shop fitting and catering. The light serves here as an effective means of creating atmospheres. It not only sets the scene but also influences how guests and shoppers feel. It's no secret that light also affects our well-being and health. Therefore, in private living, sophisticated lighting design is becoming increasingly important. This is also due to the fact that modern living is increasingly characterized by open room concepts. Living areas merge spatially with one another, but should still be visually separated and give the residents a feeling of comfort. With the right lighting, the various living areas can be immersed in the appropriate light: A brightly lit kitchen island can easily exist in the same room as a subtly lit seating area. However, aesthetic aspects are not the only things that play a role in lighting design. The lighting of rooms can also be a decisive factor with regard to energy-optimized construction or it can serve safety and orientation purposes. It can be used specifically for usage-oriented zoning.

For optimal lighting design, the following points should be included in the planning:
  • Day-specific requirements can be met through the use of warm, cold, or neutral light and should therefore be included in the planning.
  • The energy efficiency of a building can be optimized with a well-thought-out lighting concept. Therefore, energetic weak points should be discovered and taken into account beforehand.
  • Fire regulations must be included in the lighting design, especially in public buildings.
  • When planning, one should always consider from which existing surfaces disturbing glare could be reflected.
  • Occupational safety requirements should be considered and planned from the outset.
  • Use-oriented zoning can have a positive impact on unfavorable spatial conditions.
  • Aspects of profitability and sustainability must also be taken into account.
  • The lighting effect – to which the light intensity, light distribution, and light colors – belong must be considered in due time.

The light in the room should also be included in every planning phase. Visualizing lighting scenarios in 3D enables the lighting effect to be tested here. Compliance with existing standards is also possible thanks to 3D visualization. This way, surprises can be avoided in advance.

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