What is 'Localised Lighting'?
Lighting schemes designed to deliver ‘minimum measured illuminance’ have historically been a gift to energy companies, as designers strive to illuminate even the deadest of corners, where no one will ever need light.
Fortunately, the Society of Light and Lighting is now taking an active role in discussing localised lighting, acknowledging the potential savings that can be achieved by targeting illuminance patterning across an office floor.
A wasteful way of lighting
It has been a design norm when dealing with an office space to uniformly provide a working illuminance across the entire floorplate. This process is based on the idea that that the office planners may not have finished their designs before the lighting is planned, so a blanket illuminance level is the best way forward.
It doesn’t have to be like this
However, every new interior office space has a working furniture design within it just ready to be teased out. The building does not have to be completed in order to do this either. All it takes is for the inevitable office circulation spaces to be sketched in and for the dead corners to be acknowledged and, suddenly, a localised lighting scheme is already underway.
If we add to the mix the prospect of introducing lighting via desk-based luminaires or re-locatable ceiling tile systems, we begin to see how the future of energy-efficiency lies in a localised lighting approach to office design.
What’s the benefit of localised lighting to the user?
As you can see from the photo of QBE offices below, there is a specific emphasis where there are working surfaces (desks in this instance). However, in the surrounding walkway and circulation areas, there is very little emphasis but enough light for the task on hand – walking or socialising. By adopting this type of design for the office space it gives the users the best of both worlds by providing them with a good quality light level and uniformity whilst offering them calm and relaxing areas to socialise and carry out non -specific tasks in.
What’s the benefit of localised lighting to the employer?
The phrase ‘localised lighting’ basically means putting light where it is required and not where it isn’t required. The result is happy, engaged and more productive employees; plus savings - not only on the actual luminaires but also on energy consumption, so win-win all round!
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