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Architectural lighting is all about aesthetics, both in terms of the quality of illumination and the physical design of a luminaire.

In architectural applications, recessed spot lights and more decorative light fittings are often specified to provide a welcoming ambience. Light levels should be appropriate for the application with due attention paid to the consistency of lighting in the transition between areas.

Codes of practice will generally specify values of horizontal illuminance. However, careful and controlled vertical lighting can dramatically increase the perception that the space is brightly lit and welcoming, far beyond what horizontal illuminance alone can deliver.

If there is access to daylight, this should be maximised where possible, and lighting controls should be used to ensure that the lighting is energised only as required.

Carefully designed lighting goes a long way towards guaranteeing equal access for all, regardless of mobility, disability or sensory impairment.

In an emergency situation, communal areas can often double as the exit route to a place of safety. Function and duration tests of emergency luminaires have to be conducted regularly and the results recorded. Automated test systems can help you meet your legal obligations.

Technical Support

The guidance set out in the 2022 edition of CIBSE LG9 for communal residential buildings will help you manage the lighting for multiple-occupancy buildings including rented or private apartments through to student accommodation, social and sheltered housing.

We are well acquainted with these guidelines, now in their third edition, and will help you consider energy efficiency, safety and security, and the welfare of people who live there including strict emergency lighting regulations.

For further lighting advice speak to our technical sales team on 020 8254 2022 or e-mail

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