Why lighting design is playing an increasingly important role

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


Architecture thrives on light. It is an essential design element.  Not only imposing baroque facades benefit from the right lighting - whether for store fitting or private living, light has long been the secret protagonist in interiors. That is why inspiring room concepts always need inspiring lighting concepts.

 

The plasticity of architecture is shaped by light. It creates an interplay between materials, structures, and surfaces. It also skilfully emphasizes architectural features. Countless examples show that even in ancient times, light was recognized as an essential element of architecture. This remains true today, but the opposite is the case: lighting as a spatial design element is becoming increasingly important. Whether in store design,  public buildings, or private living areas, the light in a room is an important part of our daily lives. Lighting design is concerned with the design aspects as the key point. Both the illumination with daylight and the illumination with artificial light play a decisive role. 

Interior rendering of a bar with lighting design


Lighting design plays an increasingly important role in interior design

Sensational lighting design is the synergy of light and space 

Light shapes buildings and brings rooms to life. However, light can also be directly influenced by space, such as openings or see-through components. When one speaks of light in space, one is also speaking of synergy;the big picture only works when both factors are in sync.


Changing room concepts with light 

With a well thought-out lighting design, objects or parts of buildings can be accentuated and placed in the background. Accent and presentation lighting is therefore often used in shopfitting and gastronomy. Here, light serves as an effective means of creating atmospheres. However, it not only sets the scene, but also has an impact on how guests and shoppers feel. It's no secret that light also affects our well-being and health. In private living, sophisticated lighting design is therefore becoming increasingly important. This is also because modern living is increasingly characterized by open room concepts. Living areas merge with each other spatially, but should still be visually separated and convey a feeling of comfort. With the right lighting, a brightly lit kitchen island thus easily exists in the same room as the discreetly lit seating area in the living room. Although aesthetics are a crucial component of lighting design, practical aspects must also be considered. For example, the lighting of rooms can also be a decisive factor with regard to energy-optimized construction, or it can also serve safety and orientation. It can be used specifically for use-oriented zoning. 

Rendering of a hotel restaurant with focus on the lighting design


For an optimal lighting design, the following points should be included in the planning:


  • Day-specific requirements can be met through the use of warm, cool, or neutral light 
  • The energy efficiency of a building can be optimized with a well-designed lighting concept. It is therefore essential that energy-related weak points are identified and taken into account in advance.
  • Particularly in public buildings, fire regulations must be included in the lighting design.
  • During planning, it should always be considered from which existing surfaces disturbing glare could be reflected. 
  • Occupational safety requirements should be considered and planned from the outset when planning the lighting of workplaces.
  • Unfavorable room conditions can be positively influenced by use-oriented zoning
  • Aspects of economic efficiency and sustainability must also be taken into account
  • The lighting effect, which includes light intensity, light distribution, and light colors, must be considered.


The light in the room should therefore be included in every planning phase. Visualizing lighting scenarios in 3D makes it possible to test the lighting effect before any construction takes place. Compliance with existing standards is also made easy by 3D visualization. In this way, surprises can be avoided in advance.