Photometric Commercial Lighting Design

Commercial Lighting Design services by RLLD Commercial Lighting are intended to provide adjunct support to the contractor to expedite the planning stages of a proposal. By precision approach to procurement that minimizes the margin of error in selecting the right fixtures for the right job, we aim to help the client and the contractor get more for their monies worth, we seek to implementing a systematic,. Professional commercial lighting design firms have come to trust RLLD Commercial Lighting’s design experts as virtual extensions of their consultation and planning teams. RLLD Commercial Lighting account managers proactively help to develop solutions for commercial lighting clients, designing entire systems from the ground up so the contractor can save man hours on calculations and schematics and focus more energy on negotiations to win the bid.

We are able to bring this service to our clients because of some very special commercial lighting design software programs we have purchased. These programs allow us to input basic data pertaining to your client’s site directly into our computers. The software then interprets this data and renders a complete photometric analysis of your client’s building and surrounding property. This valuable design layout details such critical factors as mandatory foot candle minimums for parking areas and outdoor recreation areas. It also shows the best places for you to install fixtures to achieve these lighting levels, and it shows the best ways to mount these fixtures for optimal results.

This approach to commercial lighting design is an ideal way to win a bid in the midst of a recession. Its focus on precision procurement as opposed to bulk procurement takes a realistic approach to equipment itemization and costs. RLLD Commercial Lighting believes you should design a system with no less and no more lighting equipment than is absolutely necessary. While in the past making such an exact determination may have meant many hours of painstaking calculations, this is no longer the case. With a photometric analysis, you can literally see where the lights need to go and quickly determine the exact nature of the fixtures your client will need by asking three basic questions:

1. Where is the fixture located?

2. What does the fixture light?

3. How is the fixture mounted?

If you are still uncertain which fixtures will be best after you have looked at each of these three factors, your commercial lighting design specialist can recommend commercial grade and specification grade fixture options that will bring superior results to your client’s table. We have a huge inventory of HID lights, including the new pulse start metal halide lights that feature some of the most advanced reflectors and optics in the lighting industry. Such manufacturing quality is critical if you are working in an area heavily regulated by lighting control regulations and dark sky laws. By proposing fixtures that are made specifically for better directional control of lighting and glare reduction, you place your client in the best possible light without annoying nearby residents and business owners with light pollution.

RLLD Commercial Lighting design experts can also equip your proposal with the latest energy saving outdoor fluorescent area lights and low voltage landscape lighting fixtures. This will work wonders for your client’s budget, cutting costs without sacrificing the quality of amount of illumination in the process. We also provide you with a complete selection of high-tech energy efficient commercial lights designed for maximum power conservation. We inventory induction lighting for indoor and outdoor commercial lighting, and LED light designed for commercial outdoor lighting, parking lot lighting, street lighting, area lighting, and commercial indoor lighting.

All of our commercial lights are designed and manufactured in the United States. No foreign manufactured products will ever darken our invoice. RLLD Commercial Lighting believes in supporting and recession proofing the American manufacturer as well as the American commercial lighting design specialist. All adjunct lighting design services are free as well to clients and serious inquirers, and they are also available for a reasonable fee to casual inquirers and those in need of occasional assistance.

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Exterior Architectural Lighting Products,Supplies & Photometric Lighting Design Services

Exterior architectural lighting must compliment natural and architectural aesthetics with luminaires whose fixture designs reflect the geometric themes and subtle nuances of surrounding structures and landscapes. These luminaires must also operate with optimal efficiency and provide the same level of quality that purely functional site lighting fixtures and general lamping options deliver. It is important for your clients to realize from the inception of the consultation process that exterior architectural lights must anticipate stringent lighting control laws now taking effect across the nation. New LPW requirements, light pollution restrictions, and limitations on the actual lamps that can be used are becoming increasingly. What you propose to your client today must be able to withstand not only the forces of nature and time, but also the forces of change and legislation within human infrastructure and society. Creating an exterior architectural lighting system that is customized to the exact parameters of your client’s site with minimal maintenance, upgrades, and replacements is something we specialize in helping you do.

Exterior architectural lighting must compliment natural and architectural aesthetics with luminaires whose fixture designs reflect the geometric themes and subtle nuances of surrounding structures and landscapes. These luminaires must also operate with optimal efficiency and provide the same level of quality that purely functional site lighting fixtures and general lamping options deliver. It is important for your clients to realize from the inception of the consultation process that exterior architectural lights must anticipate stringent lighting control laws now taking effect across the nation. New LPW requirements, light pollution restrictions, and limitations on the actual lamps that can be used are becoming increasingly. What you propose to your client today must be able to withstand not only the forces of nature and time, but also the forces of change and legislation within human infrastructure and society. Creating an exterior architectural lighting system that is customized to the exact parameters of your client’s site with minimal maintenance, upgrades, and replacements is something we specialize in helping you do.

With proprietary, commercial lighting design software, we will input the data that you gather from any municipal, commercial, academic, government, or sports facility site and scientifically calculate the precise photometric requirements for optimal foot candle density and directional lighting control. These calculations are crucial to helping you develop a competitive and cost effective proposal your client will feel confident will meet their long term needs without future complications, expenditures, or mishaps. In essence, this equates to something of a “less is more” approach to fixture placement, as increased efficiency and efficacy in HID and LED outdoor lights now make it possible to get more lumens per watt from the average lamp, enabling us to illuminate larger areas than ever before with fewer physical fixtures and less obtrusive equipment.

This represents a huge competitive advantage to freelance electrical contractors and smaller design firms who normally lack the funding to invest in high-end development software packages and lack the manpower to engage in long-term collaborative design sessions with clients who know intuitively what they want, but lack the technical knowledge to spec out the details in a timely manner. RLLD Commercial Lighting experts will handle this phase of your proposal development for you by taking raw data you collect in reference to the size, nature, location, and usage of your client’s site and generating a point-by-point schematic of the entire exterior architectural lighting system.

As a general rule, we subdivide exterior architectural lighting systems into component elements that represent the specific operations and aesthetics of a site. This is necessary because different elements of site lighting often fall into overlapping categories of regulation. Parking lot lighting is a good example of this. Parking lot lights must meet the minimum foot candle requirements of the local municipality in which they are installed. They must simultaneously control their light output in such a fashion as to fully comply with local dark sky laws, and they must meet with wind load requirements mandated by higher levels of government. Commercial garage lighting requires an equal level of attention be paid to both vertical and horizontal foot candle density, and calculating this delicate balance requires either access to specialty software or a degree in high-level calculus. Building lights and landscape lights must keynote geometric forms and thematic patterns to be truly effective, and these as well must be both energy efficient and optimized for glare reduction and light pollution control to remain compliant with government mandates.

The key to developing a successful, overall architectural exterior lighting system here is to use only enough visible equipment to compliment the scenery without dominating its elements. Decorative fixtures should be visible, yet “low profile” in their positioning, and they must always bring more attention to the objects they light than they do their own appearance. By paying attention to this simple, but much understated fact in the world of lighting design, you will give yourself an enormous competitive advantage over rival bids that over emphasize equipment and miss the essence of precision design and true site enhancement.

Working with a design services hardware vendor like RLLD will give your business, no matter how large or small, access to resources few of your competitors can obtain, and save both you and your clients time, money, and hassle at the end of the day.

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Lighting Floor Plans

Lighting floor plans take many shapes and come in all sizes.

Some are more formal and organized, while others are more freeform and pose unique lighting challenges. Variations in ceiling height, daylight and construction materials form a three-dimensional framework around the floor plan. Custom home lighting fixtures must be chosen based on their ability to harmoniously compliment interior surfaces and architectural elements. Otherwise, fixtures will appear too obtrusive and diminish the room’s aesthetic. The best way to design a superior lighting floor plan is to install low-profile functional lights and decorative accent lights at unique angles of incidence. Creating a multi-layered interior lighting design in this fashion will ensure decorative appeal and satisfactory lighting levels at once.

One of the most common questions we get about lighting floor plans deals with the actual number of lighting fixtures that a particular room will need.

The answer to this question is highly subjective, and requires a case-by-case analysis of each interior element to determine. Room sizes dictate the number of lighting fixtures and the wattages that must be used to provide general lighting. Factors such as ceiling height, the presence of natural light coming in through windows, and floor space itself play major roles in determining wattage and lumens levels. Hallways, for example, with tall ceiling eliminate the opportunity to plan recessed lighting because the angles are too steep creating objectionable shadows on objects of art. To overcome the effects of tall ceilings, homeowners are sometimes inclined to use the brightest lights to make sure that everything can be clearly seen. This type of lighting floor plan can cause more problems than it solves, however. Too much light creates either indirect glare or glare reflecting off glass and metal surfaces. It also creates a “flattened” look where everything looks two-dimensional. This works against interior decorating and is best avoided through a more strategic and selective blending of general and accent lighting. Floor plans can be illuminated in this fashion with multiple layers of house lighting that magnify important design elements reflective of personal taste and lifestyle.

Decorative lighting and use of chandeliers depends on the interior designer’s look and feel of the home.

Most floor plans are traditional or contemporary, and decorative lighting fixtures come in both types of styles to provide a visual compliment to their surroundings. Chandelier lifts, a real luxury are becoming more prevalent in today’s modern new home wiring plans due to taller ceiling heights and more elaborate fixture designs. They are useful during the installation of the fixture, for lamp changing and for cleaning purposes. If you are planning to have a chandelier as part of your lighting floor plan, it really should be done by a professional who can install it with a lift. This will allow you to do simple indoor lighting maintenance on your own and avoid the expense of service calls in the future.

Accent lighting is determined by the number of targets to illuminate such as art, sculpture or furnishings.

Recessed low voltage accent ccent lights add great value to any project, and magnify the elements of both contemporary and traditional-style interior décor superbly. Accent lights create focal points and are used to illuminate fine art, antique furniture, dining tables and plants. Accent lighting fixtures typically have small apertures which tend to hide the light source and minimize visual glare. They can also be used as an effective general lighting source in some contemporary lighting floor plans when planning your house lighting.

Although the lighting concepts are repetitive, every home takes on a new design depending on the floor plan.

It pays off in the long run to have your lighting floor plan developed by a professional lighting designer with extensive knowledge of interior decorating and architectural theory. Professionals like the consultants at Illuminations Lighting and Design know how to isolate key features that need enhancement through lighting, and they know where best to install lighting fixtures for functional and aesthetic effect.

Our areas of lighting expertise include residential, commercial, landscape, liturgical, building facades, and hospitality. We are fully equipped to produce CAD drawings, full specifications, custom lighting details, photometrics, energy code documentation, hand renderings, lighting control system layout and programming, and construction administration. For more information on Lighting Floor Plans and Lighting Design Services visit us online.

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Álvaro Joaquim de Melo Siza Vieira, GOSE, GCIH, is a contemporary Portuguese architect, born 25 June 1933 in Matosinhos a small coastal town by Porto. He is internationally known as Álvaro Siza (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈaɫvɐɾu ˈsizɐ]).

He graduated in architecture in 1955, at the former School of Fine Arts from the University of Porto, the current FAUP – Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto. He completed his first built work (four houses in Matosinhos) even before ending his studies in 1954, the same year that he first opened his private practice in Porto. Siza Vieira taught at the school from 1966 to 1969, returning in 1976. In addition to his teaching there, he has been a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University; the University of Pennsylvania; Los Andes University of Bogota; and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.[1]
Along with Fernando Távora, he is one of the references of the Porto School of Architecture where both were teachers. Both architects worked together between 1955 and 1958. Another architect he has collaborated with is Eduardo Souto de Moura, e.g. on Portugal’s flagship pavilions at Expo ’98 in Lisbon and Expo 2000 in Hannover, as well as on the Serpentine Pavillon 2005. Siza’s work is often described as "poetic modernism";[2] he himself has contributed to publications on Luis Barragán.
Among Siza’s earliest works was a public pool complex he created in the 1960s for Leça da Palmeira, a fishing town and summer resort north of Porto. In 1977, following the revolution in Portugal, the city government of Évora commissioned Siza to plan a housing project in the rural outskirts of the town. It was to be one of several that he would do for SAAL (Servicio de Apoio Ambulatorio Local), the national housing association, consisting of 1,200 low-cost, housing units, some one-story and some two-story row houses, all with courtyards.[1] He was also a member of the team which reconstructed Chiado, the historic center of Lisbon destroyed by a fire in 1988.
Most of his best known works are located in his hometown Porto: the Boa Nova Tea House (1963), the Faculty of Architecture (1987–93), and the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art (1997). Since the mid-1970s, Siza has been involved in numerous designs for public housing, public pools,[3] and universities. Between 1995 and 2009, Siza has been working on an architecture museum on Hombroich island, completed in collaboration with Rudolf Finsterwalder.[4] Most recently, he started coordinating the rehabilitation of the monuments and architectonic heritage of Cidade Velha (Old Village) in Santiago, an island of Cape Verde.

In 1987, the dean of Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Spanish architect José Rafael Moneo, organized the first show of Siza’s work in the United States. In 1992, he was awarded with the renowned Pritzker Prize for the renovation project that he coordinated in the Chiado area of Lisbon, a historic commercial sector that was all but completely destroyed by fire in August 1988.[1]
Other prizes include: The Golden Medal of The Superior Counsil of Arquitecture of the College of Architects of Madrid in 1988; Mies van der Rohe Award for European Architecture, the Prince of Wales Prize in Urban Design from Harvard University,[5] and the Alvar Aalto Medal in 1988; Portugal’s National Prize of Architecture 1993; the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize by the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Praemium Imperiale in 1998, the Wolf Prize in Arts in 2001, the Urbanism Special Grand Prize of France 2005.
Siza’s Iberê Camargo Foundation in Porto Alegre, his first project built in Brazilian territory, was honoured by the Venice Architecture Biennale with the Golden Lion award in 2002.[6] In 2007 the Brazilian Government awarded him the Cultural Merit Order Medal. More recently he was awarded the RIBA’s 2009 Royal Gold Medal[7] and the International Union of Architects’ 2011 Gold Medal[8].
Siza was conferred the title of Honoris Causa Doctor by the following universities: Polytechnic University of Valencia; École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne; University of Palermo; University Menendez Pelayo, in Santander; Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería in Lima, Peru; University of Coimbra; Lusíada University; Universidade Federal de Paraíba; the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Pollo delle Scienze e delle Tecnologie, in Naple; the University of Architecture and Urbanism of Bucharest “Ion Mincu”, Romania (2005); and the University of Engineering in Pavia, Italy (2007). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, the American Institute of Architects, the Académie d’Architecture de France and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.
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1958-1963: Boa Nova restaurant in Matosinhos (Photos).
1958-1965: Quinta de Conceição swimming-pool (Photos).
1962: Miranda Santos House
1966: Leça da Palmeira swimming-pool (Photos).
1981-1985: Avelino Duarte House Ovar.
1987-1993: Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (Photos; Photos 2).
1988: Rebuilding plans of the Chiado neighbourhood after a fire, Lisbon.
1995: Library of the University of Aveiro.
1997: Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art (Photos).
1998: Architectural Practice, Porto (Photos).
1999: Residential tower, Maastricht.
2002: Southern Municipal District Center, Rosario, Argentina (first work by Siza in South America) [1] [2]
2005: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2005 (Photos).
2008: Iberê Camargo Foundation, Porto Alegre, Brazil.[9]
2009: New Orleans tower, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Adding a Seasonal Touch with Holiday Lighting Design

Holiday lighting design comes in two forms: gaudy and elegant. We all know a gaudy holiday lighting plan when we see it – it’s the yard cluttered in a chaotic mess of cheap inflatable snowmen and a house hidden in a rainbow glare of contradicting colors. However, with the right Christmas lighting design, holiday lighting is an easy way to add a unique, seasonal touch of yuletide ambiance to your home and yard.

As every property has a different landscape and every homeowner a unique taste, a holiday lighting installer specializing in holiday lighting design will ensure your home inspires onlookers with an elegant sense of the holiday spirit – instead of blinding them by it.

Landscaping with a Holiday Lighting Plan
Just like flowerbeds in the spring, Christmas lighting design is a seasonal landscaping technique. As with a flowerbed, any holiday lighting plan should be seen as an extension of your landscaping design – not a landscaping plan itself.

This being said, with a professional holiday lighting design your Christmas lights will work to accent the strengths of your home’s exterior and landscaping. The landscaping and home should remain the focal point, not the Christmas lighting design.

Accenting with a Custom Christmas Lighting Design
If your landscaping plan is centered around a grove of unique trees or a boutique garden with a white picket arbor, your holiday lighting plan should accent these features. A holiday lighting design should incorporate placing lights on the trees and around the arbor in order to create a shadow-like silhouette of these items at night.

Does your house have a large picture window framing the perfectly decorated Christmas tree? Then your holiday lighting plan should accentuate this feature with single color lights enclosing the window and drawing the viewers attention towards the tree.

The Color of a Holiday Lighting Plan
The available colors of holiday lights stretch across the color spectrum. When choosing a holiday lighting design, one should approach the issue of colors just as if one were choosing the colors of an outfit or the color of paint for a room.

The rule for using colors in a Christmas lighting plan is to not get carried away. A single color of light, such as white, captures the surreal ambiance of winter. Using two complementing colors, such as red and white or white and blue, will reflect an elegant feeling of warmth and holiday spirit.

Avoiding the Griswold Effect
With the endless choices of outdoor holiday decorations and holiday lights on the market, it is easy to go too far. The best way to create an elegant holiday lighting plan is to work with a trained professional.

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The San Diego convention center has recently been a hot topic for discussion. The Convention Center is in need of an expansion, but there have been debates over the design and how to pay for it. Many have proposed new designs that combined the convention center expansion with a new football stadium, but the cost for such a project will be extremely high. The source of funding for the project has been debated ad nauseum and they don’t seem to be finding an answer. Eventually I’m sure they will come to an agreement on the convention center expansion, hopefully helping to secure the Comic Con convention for at least a few more years. Whether or not a new football stadium will be built still seems to be up in the air. I think the concept is great, they just need to come up with a good way to pay for it, anybody have billion lying around they would like to donate?

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Photometric Lighting Analysis

One of the many services that Illuminations Lighting and Design offers to custom home owners, commercial entities, and high-end hospitality lighting clients is a full photometric analysis of their home, business, or grounds. We use a specialized software program called AGI32 designed for the calculation of lighting levels and the rendering of electric lighting systems. The capabilities of this photometric analysis software are incredible, and can be used to determine the best possible lighting levels for any residential or commercial lighting environment. The software creates a 3-D model of the room, home, or building, then allows us to input hypothetical figures to determine where best to install low voltage recessed lighting fixtures and what angles of lighting incidence to incorporate in the overall design of the system.

One of the main reasons we have invested in AGI32 and rely on it so extensively is that we have found it to be the best art lighting and interior lighting design tool on the market for pinpointing problematic areas of darkness and shadow. Any outdoor or indoor environment is going to contain physical objects that will cast shadows when light strikes them from certain angles. Shadows are caused not so much by inadequate amounts of light, but rather by inaccurately calculated angles of incidence that send a beam of light straight toward a solid object which blocks luminance completely on the other side. Sometimes, these areas are very hard to find from an eye-level perspective, but become all too evident once lighting fixtures have been installed and shadows suddenly spring from out of nowhere. A photometric analysis easily overcomes the limitations of human height by calculating foot candle density and beam angle direction from every possible angle.

The 3-D modeling aspect of our photometric analysis software allows us to literally move around these objects from any angle, height, or perspective to see where best to locate a ceiling light, lamp, recessed fixture, picture lighting, pendant, or chandelier. We can also experiment with different wattages and lamp types to determine the most efficient lumens per watt ratio once the optimal angles have been located. In commercial environments, this goes a long way toward saving businesses a great deal of money. In much the same way as interior decorators and furniture planning specialists develop a room by room space management plan, our analysis software can produce a room by room photometric report of floor space and vertical cube space to determine precisely where to install lighting equipment and exactly how much power each light will need to do its job. The result of all of this is a much more energy conscious, Spartan system that relies much more on design, light distribution, and precise lighting angles than it does on excessive numbers of fixtures using more power than necessary. This in turn results in the secondary benefit of improved fixture concealment. Because these reports tell us exactly how many watts and lumens we need for each fixture, it is often possible to use smaller, more concealable lights for a more aesthetic compliment to the overall environment.

Because we supply luminaires from so many different US manufacturers, we use our photometric analysis software to help determine which engineering design, model, and brand will best fit a particular client’s interests. What might be the best fixture to install in a small, stand alone office building may not be the best choice for a multi-story building, home electrical remodel or commercial business park. Every manufacturer offers proprietary and highly specialized fixture designs and energy efficiency safeguards, and lamp life varies as well between the various proprietary designs.

AGI32 photometric analysis software actually contains manufacturer’s spec sheets and engineering documents on specific fixtures in different categories. We can use this database to generate a luminaire comparison report instantly that details optics, lumens per watt efficiency, and expected lamp life. By cross referencing this information with previously determined fixture placement recommendations, we can pinpoint the best possible quality and most energy efficient luminaires to use in commercial, residential, and high-end lighting design.

A photometric analysis is only one step in the design process, of course, but it is a much needed foundational step that eliminates the guesswork from the complex blend of technology and aesthetics that defines our industry. Call us today to learn more about our lighting design services or to schedule an analysis of our home, office, or hotel to maximize the effectiveness of your lighting and streamline the cost of operation with concealed fixture placement and multi-layered, aesthetically superb lighting effects.

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Office Lighting

Office lighting plays a very important role in morale and motivation. People tend to associate light with positive energy and activity, and they tend to be very alert and enthusiastic in a well-lit office environment. Office lights also represent a significant portion of the company’s overhead because they rank among the highest consumers of electricity. Ideally, they should be as energy conscious as possible. Depending on the type of business as well, office lighting may play a critical role in interior design. If a business decorates extensively with fine furniture, fine art, unique color schemes, or even statuary, lights will have to be installed in the office to provide these decorations with the special significance they deserve. Cornerstone to all of this is functionality. No matter how large or small the office or what type of industry it operates within, office lighting systems should be configured to support the specific activities that make the organization money. In more and more instances, this involves not only the very best luminaires, but also customized lighting control systems.

Morale and Motivation

Studies have proven that office lighting has a direct impact on the psychology and performance of the workplace. Lighting in offices should think beyond the simple functional requirements of visibility. In order to be truly conducive to establishing a tone and momentum appropriate for the workplace, office lighting should provide enough bright, comfortable illumination that people are not straining their eyes. This often requires a skillful combination of direct and indirect layers of light, because too much direct light will almost always cast a shadow behind any large object like a cubicle. Too little direct lighting, however, is often too dim, and people end up looking out the windows too much to get their jobs done.

A room’s length, height, and width will determine the optimal number of horizontal and vertical foot candles the office lights will need to produce to strike this delicate balance. These dimensions must be factored together to determine the room cavity ratio for the office before lighting fixtures and their placements can be selected and determined.

Appropriately Decorative

Companies that host a large numbers of clients or business partners at their offices tend to decorate toward the high end of the spectrum. They frequently use fine photography, artwork, floral arrangements, eclectic furnishings, and even statuary to set apart different office spaces from normal operations. These places within an office require lighting that compliments and enhances whatever decorative themes and elements are used in these areas.

Three places that you really want to impress your clients with your lighting design skills are foyers, conference rooms, and executive offices. These areas not only host special activities, but they also feature unique interior architecture that requires specific decorative and ambient lighting fixtures, such as cove lights, to properly compliment the color scheme and fine furnishings that typify these environments.

These office lights will perform at their highest when wired to dimmers and lighting control systems that can adjust the level of light, manipulate single fixtures or groups of fixtures, or even one or more specific colors of light mixed with general white light for special effects.

Task Supportive

On the practical end of the spectrum, office light must facilitate the workflow process by providing glare-free luminance that eliminates pockets of shadow and white spots on monitor screens and desk areas. This often requires the use of indirect lighting. Because indirect lighting reflects from either the ceiling or wall back into the open spaces where people are working, it tends to be more diffused and therefore less likely to reflect a second time off of work areas.

To determine how much indirect lighting an office will need, you will have to calculate the room’s reflectivity ratio. Different colored walls will absorb more light than others, so before installing any type of office lights it is necessary to factor this value into your photometric equations before you choose equipment for your client.

Energy Saving

As fuel costs rise, energy costs also rises. Along with this inflation, concerns about climate change continue to mount as well, placing a great deal of pressure on businesses to use more energy efficient indoor and outdoor lighting fixtures. Because it has been determined that 40% of all the world’s greenhouse gases are produced in buildings, new types of office lighting fixtures are being developed that conserve electricity and operate at more environmentally standards. Compact fluorescents, new commercial fluorescents, induction lights, and an explosion of fixture and lamping options in revolutionary LED technology give you more options in cost effective office lighting than ever before. Not only does your proposal make a business look better in this way, but it also creates a savings surplus which helps recession proof a business in unstable times.

Adjunct Lighting Design Assistance

To effectively light an office, it is necessary to first develop a point-by-point photometric analysis based on room cavity ratio and reflectivity ratio. Without a clear understanding of the many nuances that characterize the office’s interior architecture, floor space, and general range of activities, it is difficult to know exactly which office lighting fixtures you should propose to your clients. Room cavity ratios and room reflectivity ratios are lengthy and complex calculations to work out by hand, and computing these when you are a solo proprietor or have only a few employees can slow you down too much.

Let RLLD Commercial Lighting handle this for you by using our advanced design software on your behalf. We will provide upon request a free photometric analysis of sites and interior office space for all clients who purchase equipment from us. We also provide design services on paid basis at a reasonable fee. Smaller companies and contractors who lack the budget, manpower, or time to invest in lighting design software can now compete with larger firms that have these software programs. If this describes you, simply pick up the phone and provide us with general dimensions and specifications of your client’s site, and we will use our tools to help you develop the schematics and technical parameters of your proposal.

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Need To Gain Design Tips For Flexible Track Lighting?

Flexible track lighting has revolutionized the way people are utilizing the lighting today. Track lighting heads used to be heavy and clumsy. It provides a better choice to common designs in a lot of situations. They can be moulded either vertically or horizontally contingent on our requirements. Flexible track permits you to truly customize your place.

People can fiddle with this lighting arrangement as much as their creative thinking permits them. It could turn a dull weekend very zippy for the young children at home too. Also we have to be gentle with track lighting without being over pushy in twisting and molding the tracks because they may break sometimes. Few guidelines like bending the track at one foot length apart and not more than at 30 degrees angle are valuable keeping in mind while seeking to make designs with them. This article will provide a few design ideas towards that goal.

Kitchens are favorite areas to plan flexible lighting to employ. When you have hassle cooking meal in the kitchen and the current lighting is not enough you could think of flexible track lighting.

Kitchen is no more barely for cooking. People are utilizing it as a mini office, a site where friends assemble around on weekends and have good time. Proper use of flexible track lighting design aids to achieve that correct and bright lighting in the kitchen arena.

Different areas of kitchen will benefit from divergent types of illumination. Over cook top you can utilise fluorescent light, and task lighting for under cabinet places and so on.

Flexible Track lighting stands out in areas like sink and countertops. A lot of designs are obtainable in the market to select from classic, contemporary or antique and more are coming in market everyday. Resolve first and foremost whether you prefer to make a specific area leap out or make it merge with surroundings which will guide you to the correct track lighting system.

A different appealing feature is you are not restricted to ceilings any longer. You are able to design it, use it across the walls or even hang from the ceiling. Additionally flexible track lighting systems are shinier, thinner and are more appealing. You can channelize the light wherever you wish irrespective of the position of the original fixture.

This is not confined to kitchen only, you can employ flexible lighting design in bathroom too, over the tub and over the mirror area.

One characteristic to keep in mind when using flexible track lighting systems is they will not give adequate brightness level to light up the whole room and so always better to combine with traditional lighting systems.

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Designing Your Bathroom With Optimal Lighting

Do not feel overwhelmed when planning a new bathroom lighting design. It is not as hard as you think. A top quality bathroom lighting design depends on simplicity, not complexity.

By knowing the key areas of the bathroom to illuminate, and the specific lights needed to enhance each of these areas, you can design a bathroom lighting layout one key lighting piece at a time. You can find the finest lights manufactured from only the best materials by the worlds most reputable manufacturers to incorporate into your illumination scheme.

It is recommend by illumination specialists that you begin designing your bathroom lighting from the top down. Choose a light for your ceiling that represents the overall approach to brightness, decorum, and enhancement of your color scheme.

You can find a huge inventory of chandeliers, recessed lighting, and pendant lights designed for the bathroom of your dreams. From the low-key and energy conscious to the ornate, elegant, and sophisticated, there are selections available for everyone.

Once you have chosen a ceiling light to set the tone for your bathroom lighting design, the next area to highlight is the vanity and mirror. If your bathroom has a marble sink you can really enhance the beauty of the stone with a 2, 3, or even 4 light vanity set.

When lighting your mirror, pay close attention to the absolute necessity of glare-free lighting. One easy way to create this effect is with two small sconces, each on either side of the mirror. You can find a number of sconces for designing your bathroom lighting layout so your vanity has equally adequate task lighting and maximum aesthetic value.

People often forget the importance of wall lighting in bathroom lighting design. They assume that if there is an empty spot on the wall it does not need to be highlighted. Consider thinking outside of the box with one of our many lovely wall lamps.

They carry an artistic appeal within themselves that make them both ideal decorative stand-alone pieces as well as functional ambient lights. Even if you have a guest bath with a very large, empty wall opposite the vanity or shower, you can turn a plain design for bathroom lighting into something sleek and elegant with a single purchase!

Of course, no design for bathroom lighting can neglect the shower. Both as a safety feature and an aesthetic key element to your bathroom lighting design, the shower light needs to clearly illuminate your bathtub and all bath accessories. Stay consistent with what you have already established in your bathroom lighting design by placing a low voltage recessed light or frosted glass domed light with reflector above the shower.

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Custom Home Lighting

Custom home lighting requires a blend of art, math, and hard science to make a living space truly exceptional and personalized. Cost efficiency has to be factored into the equation to ensure that a superior level and quality of lighting does not cost an arm and a leg in electrical expenses. Custom home lighting must compliment interior decorating and the daily activities of the family in order to blend harmoniously and seamlessly into the many facets of daily life and entertainment. DIY lighting kits and box store fixtures fall short in many respects when it comes to the finer nuances of this very eclectic and complicated discipline, and they often produce disappointing results that lack long-term viability. Working with a professional team that is licensed in electrical engineering and extensively trained in interior home lighting design, on the other, hand, can produce amazing results when approached with a systematic process that has proven itself viable and sustainable for over 27 years.

Analysis of energy efficiency

With energy efficiency becoming the new buzzword in the lighting industry, custom home lighting really must begin with a careful examination of existing fixtures. Because California has already banned incandescent lighting, a new push is on the way to replace incandescents nationwide in anticipation of similar legislation from Coast to Coast. Many people are retrofitting store-bought fluorescent bulbs to lamps and overhead lights in places like the living room, bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom. These lights do save a lot of power and last for many years as promised. Sometimes, however, they do not provide an adequate match to the existing fixtures into which they are installed, and the quality of home lighting may diminish if a proper analysis of the equipment is not conducted by a lighting design professional.

ILD technicians will check existing fixtures and lamps to ensure that they are operating at their highest possible energy efficiency rating and producing a quality of luminance that is aesthetically and functionally appropriate to the lifestyle of the resident who expect exceptional interior lighting designs.

Photometric study of lighting levels

In order to properly assess both the efficiency and the quality of home lighting, and to custom design a superior system in the process, we conduct a scientific, photometric lighting analysis of your home at the point by point level. We use a custom home lighting software program that allows us to go through your every room in your home and develop hypothetical lighting design models that consist of varying combinations and levels of light. This software also allows us to render a 3D, animated movie of any hypothetical system that allows you to see what a walkthrough of your home would look like if that system were installed. This gives you the power to foresee results prior to authorizing an installation, choose between different options, and make any changes you desire prior to signing anything.

Creating of layered lighting effects

Our team is renowned for combining custom home lighting design with home lighting control in such a way as to lay down multiple layers of light that combine to create unique atmospheres and moods in various portions of the home. These layered lighting effects have a powerful effect on human emotions and can be used to set the tone for family gatherings, home theater, musical appreciation, fine art collecting, displays of collectibles, and parties. They can also be used on a practical level to set the pace for daily activities that sometimes require a bit of an emotional push to get us to do. Lights can be adjusted to create and “activity based” atmosphere conducive to doing things such as studying, home projects, repairs, and cleaning.

With the right combination of automation and manual controls, you can have instant, one-touch access to a myriad of colors, brightness levels, and special lighting effects throughout the house.

Installation of fixtures with better glare shielding, reflectors, and lamping technology

We take a “less is more” approach to physical equipment whenever possible. Too many visible ceiling light fixtures tend to clutter the ambience of a room, so we custom design home lighting systems around the principles of concealment and the mathematical calculation of optimal lighting angles. We use only equipment that is engineered with the best optics, glare shielding, and lamping technology available from today’s top manufacturers. The lights we install are American-made, factory-grade, and backed up with written warranties from our nation’s leading manufacturers. We aim to give you the best in both design and technology so that reduced power costs and minimized replacements help recover your investment over the years to come.

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Architectural Area Lighting

Architectural area lights feature an aesthetic component that differentiates them from the purely functional fixtures used in typical site lighting. Although the lamps used in both architectural area lighting and site lighting are often similar–if not identical– light sources, architectural area lights are made with a noticeably higher level of decorative design and ornamentation. As such, purchasing costs can be rather high, and this can deter municipalities, academic institutions, and even small corporations from making an investment that would otherwise serve their outdoor lighting needs on a number of levels ranging from public appeal to commercial branding. When commercial site developers, architects, and contractors encounter this type of resistance, they can turn to RLLD Commercial Lighting for adjunct lighting design support that will enable them to propose cost-effective, energy saving light sourcing that offers both tangible benefits and ROI on multiple levels.

Contractors frequently encounter office buildings, churches, museums, civic centers, municipal headquarters, universities, restaurants, resorts, and country clubs that require a highly customized, often very sophisticated architectural area lighting system that will contribute certain key elements to their property, building architecture, and public image. The fixtures and lamps that will ultimately be used to build these systems must completely accommodate the multiple demands of dark sky laws, increasingly strict LPW efficiency codes, minimum foot candle requirements, and bring the client measurable ROI through reduced power requirements and minimized ongoing maintenance.

If you are a commercial developer or sole proprietor working as a DIY electrical contractor, you can quickly and accurately accommodate these many demands in an expeditious manner is to work with a vendor like RLLD Commercial Lighting that offers complimentary, adjunct design services with a systematic approach. Before we suggest any specific lamps or fixtures, we first want to learn more specifics from you regarding your client’s site. When we understand architectural area lighting to actually be a combination of four separate elements– parking lot lighting, parking garage lighting, building architectural lighting, and security lighting– the right questions to ask become readily apparent. Does your client have a parking lot, a parking garage, or both? What is the total number of buildings located on the property? Are there public park areas, open landscapes, recreational areas, or walkways that require special lighting? How many people work or visit the facility at night? What is the total acreage of the property if it is located on a considerably large piece of land? How much light will the entire system output, what it will cost, and what will be the expected return on investment for your client?

The data gathered from this dialogue is now inputted into sophisticated lighting design software that enables us to calculate on a point by point level the exact photometric requirements needed to determine which specific fixtures will best provide building accent light, perimeter and walkway security, glare free, well-lit parking areas, and aesthetic, shadow-free landscape, and an energy savings package that offers a measurable ROI by means of energy and maintenance cost savings. By eliminating the guesswork from architectural area lighting, RLLD Commercial Lighting helps contractors first determine exactly what lighting levels and power requirements are optimal to propose, and second, which actual products will most effectively and affordably offer clients lasting solutions that are affordable, reliable, and aesthetically superior. By giving smaller design firms and individual lighting design consultants access to software normally affordable only to larger firms, RLLD Commercial Lighting also helps level the lighting design playing field, arming small companies and consultants with competitive advantages that can rival even the largest firms in photometric accuracy, specification grade quality, and multiple benefits at the line item level.

RLLD Commercial Lighting maintains a full selection of architectural area lighting fixtures, lamping options, commercial lighting poles, and mounting accessories that allow the contractor to offer more options to the client at the line item level. As a representative of a number of reputable, domestic, and established manufacturers, we can offer any commercial developer, architect, or lighting designer impeccable lead time on products made here in the United States and drop shipped anywhere in the country to expedite time to market delivery of products and services.

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