can design the right lighting-effect and light-level with 3D simulation
When we design lighting
for public, retail or commercial buildings, we ask how visitors, staff
and students want to feel, how the lighting needs to help their
activities or even to guide visitors as they move around the
LED dimmable downlights in office break-out room, all designed by Stephen Begg:
suspended LED lights which provide up-light and down-light but avoid
glare, ie the LEDs can't be seen from side-view)
Large spaces needing dimmable lighting to save energy and adapt to tasks
The client is delighted. Previously this space was wasting a lot
of energy (older fluorescents). It wasn’t dimmable; they had to run it
at full power all the time even if there was an activity happening
which didn’t need that brightness.
Before: (fluorescent tubes, walls were quite dark, light-level non adjustable, lux level around 400lx when no daylight)
Design stage (after full site-survey visit):
LED lights in a 3D computer-designed layout.
Testing uniformity using our advanced software
The light-level is adjustable using a hand-held remote-control (between 200lx and 900lx) and uniformity is greatly improved)
It was cheaper than you might imagine too.
Our client wrote:
"We have had really favourable comments about them... ...everyone seems to be very impressed"
One of our first paid lighting-design commissions was for a famous retail centre. Among many designs we were paid to provide, we were shown how dark and univiting the stairwells were: Existing dark univiting stairwell
So we designed lighting and semi-reflective wall-decoration that would
make the space feel more bright and interesting, and more importantly
made people want to use the stairwell: Our improved design
We were also asked to design ways to encourage visitors to the shopping entrance from covered car-parks: Old dark entrance.
The shopping centre wanted to catch each visitor's eye from the darkest
parts of the car-park to guide them to the shopping centre and begin
the shopping experience in the car park. We design graphics and
signeage as well as lighting!
Above: Our novel design for enhancing dull dark-green concrete pillars
by adding illuminated perforated back-lit sheet around pillar, with
light-box to display offers/edverts.
staff, students or visitors need the right lighting for the activity.
can use our 3D lighting software and lighting-design skills to create
ideal lighting-layouts and predict light-levels in
different areas - even how uniform it will be:
We can create a lighting
design sheet for you to evaluate:
were created in
Light-fittings give light in certain
directions; some are down-lights only, some give up-light, many are
diffused. Each type creates a different effect.
How can you choose the right type and power for your buiding without
making an expensive mistake?
Most light-fittings are measured to
record light-output and direction of light.
Now you can see a
3D simulation of your building using that light-fitting's real data.
helps you to check you like the lighting we're proposing.
We can create complex room shapes with the correct colours.
We can also give the
light-levels in figures:
algorithm used Average indirect fraction Height of
evaluation surface 0.75 m Height of
luminaire plane 7.85 m Maintenance factor
0.94 Total luminous ﬂux
of all lamps 267000 lm Total power 3460 W Total power per
area (450.00 m’) 7.69 W/m2 (3.23 W/m2/100h)