Lighting in Design Q1 2023
Transform thoughtful design visions into a cohesive panorama Architectural lighting transforms thoughtful design visions into a cohesive panorama which attracts attention, sparkles imaginations, creates symbolism, provides intimacy, and defines focal points. It infuses lighting into a coordinated system to achieve an integrated and unified visual, functional and architectural purpose that is characteristic of the architecture’s personality.
A n integral architectural lighting concept includes façade lighting. Adding a splash of high drama to sweeping, monotonous façades with lighting is just as important as structure, hardscape and softscape lighting. En gaging illumination of building façades can convey emotionality, echo a theme, add dimensionality to a building, and heighten the visual impact of architecture. Wall washing Façade lighting is typically done in one of two ways: wall washing and wall grazing. Wall washing is a technique which is used to create a fully saturated wash effect on vertical surfaces like walls or façades. Uniform illumination across the vertical surface completely eliminates shadows from the surface texture and produces a flattening effect. In wall washing applications, the wall itself is the focus of the lighting and uniform illumination creates a visually smooth, flat surface. This technique is intended to reduce the visibility of the visually uncomfortable textures of the materials used in the construction of the wall or façade.
Wall grazing The abi l i t y of wal l washing to f lat ten the visual appearance is advantageous for hiding imperfections in a vertical surface. On the other side, wall grazing is a technique used to emphasise or enhance a textured surface or architectural element. The textured beauty of brick, stone, stucco walls, interesting masonry or architectural details becomes a striking feature when grazed with steeply angled light. Wall grazing lighting enhances the visibility of the surface texture and accentuates details through high-contrast shadows. Wall grazing lights are mounted very close to the surface to be illuminated, whereas wall washing lighting requires an adequate setback distance to eliminate shadows and flatten textures. Linear lighting systems A linear LED wall washer or grazer typically has an extruded aluminium construction. The anodized aluminium channel, clear tempered glass lens, die cast aluminium end caps, one-piece silicone rubber gasket, and pressure equalising air vents form a water-tight, dust proof enclosure with a
LiD Q1 - 2023
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