Lighting plays a major role for residences and commercial settings. Most home owners often mind about decorating their homes and less about their places of work. Most commercial buildings are rarely fitted with lights for the purposes of decoration. The most commonly decorated commercial settings are hospitality features such as restaurants and hotels. Lighting your store with ascent lighting is good if your store deals with products such as antiques, fashionable clothing and jewelry.
Decorative lighting is commonly used for commercial settings for adding beauty and sophistication. This type of lighting focuses more about the lighting fixture rather than the specific light, although that is also equally important. Fixtures commonly used for commercial decorative lighting include chandeliers and intricate wall fixtures.
When thinking of decorating your store with lighting, there are quite a number of light bulbs you may consider for use. These include incandescent, halogen, fluorescent and LED bulbs. Here are a few general tips on how you can decoratively light your stores with any of these bulbs.
The technology of LED bulbs is still underway and some bulbs are not consistent in terms of temperature and color of light. Therefore when buying the bulbs, make your purchases at the same period for all the number of bulbs you need. This is important for the purposes of maintaining consistency. When you space your purchases by a period of six months or more, probably the lights on the store will have slight variations from the ones you purchased earlier.
Mind your customer’s welfare
Purchase light bulbs that won’t make your customers agitated while at your store. Halogen and incandescent are the most commonly known for dissipating high amount of heat. Try to avoid them. Bulbs that produce too much heat could also fade the colors of your products especially if the ceiling is a bit lower. LEDs are the coolest while fluorescents are moderate.
Consider color temperature and color rendering index
Every source of light has a tone of the natural color of light to itself. Therefore to produce lights that are soothing and warmer, consider purchasing bulbs with a kelvin rating of between 2700 and 3200. As for more natural light and true colors, a 4000-4500 kelvin rating is the most appropriate. For day light a rating of between 5000 and 6000K is suitable. Color rendering index (CRI) is a measure of how the light shows the true color of a product and is an important variable for consideration in stores and commercial buildings.
As much as you would want to carry out commercial decorative lighting for your store, the above three factors are vital for consideration. You won’t compromise your products quality neither will you incapacitate your clients.