Architectural Lighting

Types of Architectural Lighting

Feature Lighting, Accent Lighting, Decorative Architectural Lighting, Decorative Architectural Lighting

Feature Lighting

Feature lighting guarantees an eye-catching focal point of not only lighting design but the architectural space and surroundings. When devising your show stopping element, lighting can be the perfect way to draw attention to what you want to stand out. Now a cornerstone of modern interior design, the use of LED strip has played a key role in lighting the way for versatile applications and design possibilities. At GDS we use a range of lighting products to deliver the showcase features of your design. These come in a range of geometric shapes, with a choice of (to name but a few) circular, square, ring and tubular lighting.

Custom-Made Lighting

In some cases, a standard lighting product does not quite fit the bill and a bespoke fitting is what is needed to complete your space. Architectural lighting regularly leads designers to work on custom solutions, to create statement or personalised LED light fittings. Our tenacious in-house manufacturing and lighting design teams gives us the ability to take bespoke lighting to next level, if you can think of it we will do our very best to work alongside you to make your lighting dream a reality. It might be that you wish to create a linear luminaire to cut enlighten your boardroom or a ring-shaped circular pendant to catch attention in your reception area. Whatever you wish to achieve get in touch, we would love to help you deliver truly unique and specialist lighting.

Accent Lighting

Maximising the impact of architectural finishes, accent lighting performs as an enhancement of other design features. Crafted through a range of more subtle architectural fixtures, including spotlights, wall washers and ceiling up lights, these forms of directional light are perfect for highlighting paintings, sculptures, entrances and architectural features. GDS’ experience of lighting in the entertainment lighting sector means that we have wealth of knowledge to help you deliver a lighting scheme, that combines feature and accent lighting together perfectly.

Decorative Architectural Lighting

Decorative architectural lighting is becoming increasingly prevalent in both interior and exterior lighting design. Showcasing new styles and expert craftmanship, decorative lighting is a popular choice for its unique design element. With a tendency towards the striking and modern pendant style light and portable lamp solutions, spaces have the chance to create something not only unique but efficient and eco-friendly. Decorative lighting encourages the opportunity for place making and GDS offers its Special Projects service as a means of working alongside you to deliver totally bespoke lighting that can do whatever you want to achieve.

Emergency/Egress Architectural Lighting

In instances where normal lighting might fail, emergency lighting is there on standby to offer adequate intensity to locate the best route or exit in an emergency. With a growing duty of care required in the architectural landscape, emergency lighting plays an essential role in safety for everyone in a building. GDS design and specify emergency lighting in all commercial schemes, whilst adhering to the national regulations. Most of our luminaires have emergency options so get in touch today to discuss your requirements. 0117 325 0063

What is Architectural Egress Lighting?

Egress lighting, often referred to as emergency lighting. Egress lighting is used in commercial buildings as a safety precaution should there be a power outage. Egress lighting, in conjunction with exit signs should give users time to get out of a building safely. All GDS fittings with emergency options will last for three hours at the very least.

Linear Lighting

Linear Lighting has in recent years evolved the way in which we light architectural spaces. Utilising direct and indirect lighting methods, linear lighting can provide outstanding performance and flexibility for several applications. Although a relatively simple concept of packaging together narrow straight-lined LEDs, linear lighting has transformed the aesthetics and possibilities of how spaces are illuminated. By replacing the previously popular but uneconomical fluorescent tubes with LED architectural lighting fittings, you can create an uninterrupted line of light that is much more efficient and delivers a longer lifetime performance. Linear lighting can both be subtle in ambience and stand-out with dramatic effect. Creating the desired look and feel for your space can be influenced by the mount type for the light fitting. Recessed and recessed-trimless lighting can be used in a discreet setting or work well as a direct light source to illuminate key features. Indirect suspended lighting works best as an accent light for extra drama and character.

What is Linear LED Lighting?

Linear LED lighting is the packaging together of LEDS in narrow housing and its use in turn has completely revolutionised lighting design across a range of applications. Previously the lighting of longer spaces was a real challenge for the available technology. Incandescent bulbs didn’t create uniform light and their replacement, the fluorescent tube lacked the ability to link luminaires together, which could cause blind or dark spots between fixtures unless care was taken to overlap them. LED luminaires started to be used as the preferred lighting option more frequently in the early 2000s and are frequently receiving technological advancements to improve the aesthetics and performance.

Mounting of Linear Lighting

Linear LED luminaires can be suspended, surface mounted or recessed. Pendant fixtures are often popular in spaces where there is a higher ceiling, taking advantage of that extra space to utilise indirect lighting distribution to create accent lighting for areas like receptions and atriums. Surface mounted luminaires achieve a similar effect for spaces with lower ceilings and recessed linear luminaires are great for creating clean lines of light.

Versatility of Linear Light

Linear LED profiles can be combined to create unique shapes to capture people’s attention. The ability to connect fixtures together as a single light means that all sorts of shapes can be built, these can be utilised to show off company culture or branding. Technological advancements also mean that linear profiles can now be curved, giving greater flexibility in design. This all means that LED linear Lighting can be used seamlessly across a range of applications, its greatest strength is perhaps the ability to fit in seamlessly to range of designs for the likes of office, architectural and commercial spaces. LED linear lighting very popular for use in; General Lighting – Powerful lighting that creates background lighting in a space. Task Lighting – Light that is measured to emit the ideal lumens for particular tasks to be completed. Accent Lighting – Utilising of light to bring focal attention to a feature.

Exterior Architectural Lighting

GDS offers Architectural Lighting Design services for outdoor architectural lighting applications as well. Learn more about our Exterior Lighting Services.

What is the best Architectural Lighting Simulation Software?

GDS make use of lighting calculation and visualisation software to give our clients a view of how a space can be improved with architectural lighting and controls. There are several variations of software to choose from but at GDS we choose to use DIALux Evo. DIALux Evo and this enables us to offer the following; GDS can simulate rooms at a site by just using a sketch in DIALux Evo. We can also import pre-made CAD plans, as well as adding; windows, doors (whilst simulating their effect), furniture, colours & textures, suspended ceilings and roofs to improve the accuracy of the forecast lumen distribution. DIALux Evo also enables the importing of luminaire fixtures into a plan by using pre-made catalogues. From there you can insert and arrange luminaires in the space and produce calculations to give an overview of their effect.

What is the Role of Artificial Lighting in Architecture?

The colour rendering index is the measurement of a light source to mimic the true colour of objects when they are in a natural or ideal light source.

What is meant by Colour rendering index?

The colour rendering index is the measurement of a light source to mimic the true colour of objects when they are in a natural or ideal light source.

Why does Architectural Lighting Utilise Natural Light?

Reasons for this include energy conservation (the use of natural light means less requirement for artificial lighting and the energy it consumes), which in turn leads to cost saving. The correct use of natural light can also have an impact on health and well-being, where there is a deficiency it can cause disruptions to a person’s circadian rhythm, which results in poor sleeping patterns (sometimes leading to higher absenteeism and depression) and immediate health issues such as headaches caused by poor light (although modern LED lighting has done a lot to replicate true colour). Natural light can also be used to create striking architecture features which are impossible when just using artificial light.

Architectural lighting from Bristol?

GDS operates out of our office in St Anne's, Bristol. We're are a truly international company, having worked on huge projects around the globe, however we love Bristol and always endeavour to use our expertise in architectural lighting to enhance our city.

What is Architectural Lighting Design?

Architectural Lighting Design is an aspect of wider Architectural Design. It looks at the use of both artificial and natural lighting to further the needs of the user, taking into account the activities undertaken in a space (factoring required lumen levels, the colour and distribution of light). Give us a call on 0117 325 0063 to understand more about what we can do.

What Trends are there in Architectural Lighting?

At GDS we’ve been designing several new products that we hope will further enhance the role of lighting in design. One of our latest products, The Alundra, has been created to give the versatility of 8 different fitting types and everyone one of these uses a solid unit. This gives a finish that is very clean and solid, without sign of screws. Most versions of the Alundra make use of Polymer lens that allows for a greater level of control over the light (keeping light fields exceptionally tight). We are also looking at features that are environmentally friendly and the Zoom version of the Alundra is exceptionally efficient (based on the lumens produced and the actual lumen output) because it utilises a glass lens. Further to this the Alundra Zoom’s lens also allows for a wide range of beam angles. All GDS made products use the latest in Citizen COB technology for further efficiency. Meet Alfonso, the man responsible for designing the new Alundra product family (created at our Bristol workshop) -

The Benefits of LED Lighting in Architectural Design?

LEDs first came into public use in the 1960s, but at this point it emitted low levels of light and was not utilised in the lighting of spaces but rather within electrical items as an indicator of an action or situation. As LED technology has advanced over the years, it has now become the most efficient light source available, using up to 90% less energy that incandescent lighting, making them an extremely popular lighting solution in recent years. Appearance Linear LED Light offers the versatility to create unique and stand-out designs. This can be delivered through the ability to have bespoke angles and custom RAL colour powder coating etc. CCT Range The use of LEDS means that you can have a wide selection of colour temperatures. Mood scenes can be created utilising the warmth and coolness of LEDs. Energy Efficiency LEDs are incredibly efficient compared to other lighting technologies; they also offer vastly superior lifespans.

"Our new Architectural Range, The Reality Series, is designed by our R&D team and manufactured in-house to create a product range to lead from the front in Architectural, Office and Commercial Applications."