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A guide to shop lighting

A well-lit shop is good for business. The selection of lamps and fixtures, their arrangement and design can help to highlight certain aspects of the shop and also to provide an environment better suited for working. It allows better and safer movement from one area to another as well. Read this article to learn more about shop lighting.

Plan for the existing work space

Prior to visiting any store that sells lighting fixtures and lamps, it is important to consider the existing space advantages and limitations. Be aware of any sources of natural light. The number of windows, skylights and clear doors can provide additional sources of light during the day. This level of light outside can help reduce the number of additional fixtures to illuminate the space. Keep in mind where these openings are facing. If the windows are facing direct sunlight, curtains and blinds may be necessary as well.

Consider the type of work

With the existing space still in mind, consider the work that needs to be done within the space. The same amount of light does not need to be applied to the entire space. Different types of work require different levels of light. For the entire space, consider general illumination. This allows employees and other individuals to move within the space safely. Recessed lighting
Recessed lighting is one way of providing general illumination for a large area. Provide additional sources of light where detailed work needs to be done. For instance, craft lighting is required in workbenches or areas within the shop wherein detailed work is performed. Table lights such as desk lamps are an inexpensive option to providing light in work areas.

Design for the type of Shop

Supermarkets The type of shop can also affect the kind of light needed to entice people to buy. Lighting in supermarkets tends to be extremely bright. This lets shoppers see all of the merchandise within a specific aisle. Fluorescent tubes are often used in supermarkets. These are energy efficient, readily available and affordable. Boutiques and shops On the other hand, boutiques and shops utilise more creative and fun lighting designs. This is where people may find fixtures and lamps of different sizes and colours. A balance between ambient lighting, dim areas and highlighted niches directs the focus towards specific parts of the store. Track lighting is a common lighting fixture used in shops. The lights can be redirected and repositioned to highlight certain items.

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