Architectural lighting is an aspect of architectural design and there are several trending considerations in its application. As we move into an era of increasing environmental responsibility and consideration for well-being at home and in the workplace, lighting is now playing an essential role in the architectural space more than ever before. Sustainability is a crucial design element in the architectural space and adhering to the rules and regulations is essential. With many new developments and schemes becoming increasingly interested in securing BREEAM ratings and other accreditations, the built environment is set to use LED lighting and economical control solutions wherever possible. Architectural lighting solutions utilise technological innovation and deliver lighting schemes that can meet and exceed the regulatory standard. Working in close collaboration with architects, lighting designers and M&E consultants to name a few, architectural lighting requires a collaborative approach that can transform and inspire spaces.
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 a number of 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 (Take a look at the Linear Profiles that could take your project to the next level). 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.
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.
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 lighting.
Maximising the impact of architectural finishes, accent lighting performs as an enhancement of other design features. Crafted through a range of more subtle 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.
Lighting beyond the trend, decorative 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.
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.
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