Choosing the best lighting to suit any application can be easily overlooked, however it is one of the most critical elements in any area.
Each lamp or light fitting has been manufactured to fit a certain criteria and application. Here are a few examples of where you would use specific types of lighting, to accomplish the best look and functionality from the product.
Warehouses: When considering lighting to use in warehouses or factories, you want something that is durable, produces a high light output, is energy saving and has a long lifespan which in turn eliminates regular lamp changes and reduces maintenance costs. LED High bays are a great choice, as most are IP65 rated, start instantly, have a long life of 50,000 hours and come in various wattages, as well as having several reflector options.
Offices: Good lighting in any office space is essential as it allows staff to see clearly and perform their work efficiently without straining their eyes.
The key factors to consider when determining the adequacy of lighting are the:
- Amount of light required in that area;
- Number, type and position of the light sources
- Tasks or activities performed, how often and for how long these are performed; and
- Maintenance of the light source
Different activities require different levels and qualities of light. The visual demands of the activity or task performed determines the lighting needs of that area.
LED T-Bar troffers are ideal to suit these requirements, as most have a colour temperature of 4500-5000K (natural white), a long life of 50,000 hours, start instantly, have a wide beam angle of 120° (which allows even light coverage) and have a high CRI of 80. As a side note, when sourcing your lights, ask the supplier to provide a specification sheet with cone diagrams or photometric data for the fitting/lamp combination to determine how much light is being produced at a certain distance from the fitting.
Retail Stores: In any retail store it is important to highlight products to make them appealing to customers. For example, if you owned a jewellery store and were displaying diamond rings in a cabinet, you would want a direct light to accentuate the rings to make them eye catching. Vibe LED Cabinet/Display lights are a perfect option; they are petite, available in fixed or gimbal (are able to be tilted), have a direct beam angle of 24°, 50,000 hour lifespan, can be dimmed and have a high CRI of 80.
Homes: Home is where the heart is, so creating a sense of warmth and welcome is ideal. A flood and even spread of light (like you would in an office) is not the effect you want in this environment; homes need to be 3 dimensional, meaning light and dark spots. LED Downlights with a narrower beam angle are optimal. They are available in fixed or gimbal (allowing directional light) dimmable, most having a life span of 40,000 hours, have a 40° beam angle, are energy saving and low maintenance.
As lighting technology is continually growing and changing in style, design and functionality, it is understandable that it can all be a tad overwhelming. Knowing and researching what types of lamps and light fittings are designed and used for will truly assist in making the correct choice for your application.