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Online lighting specification platform Spektd becomes LR Spektd following acquisition

Following the completion of a significant acquisition, the online lighting specification platform Spektd has been bought by Lighting Reality. The design technology specialist now owns 100% of Spektd’s Intellectual Property rights, completing a deal that will see the platform rebranded as LR Spektd. 

Lighting Reality, founded in 2000, is an independent, employee-owned company based in Worcestershire, UK. With its own UK-based, in-house development team, the company has 23 years’ of experience working with product & photometric data to deliver design and other productivity solutions for the unique challenges of lighting professionals & manufacturers.

“We couldn’t be more delighted”, commented Richard Hall, one of the Co-Founders of Spektd and Director at Lighting Reality.  “Lighting Reality is the perfect home for taking usage and membership of the platform to the next level in terms of market up-take, empowering more in our profession to increase their productivity and enabling manufacturers to connect with their customers more efficiently.”

While Lighting Reality is most commonly known for its expertise within the street and outdoor lighting sector, this deal will enable the business to grow and develop. 

According to CEO of Lighting Reality, Tony Cook, “Bringing LR Spektd into the Lighting Reality portfolio makes complete sense for us as we transition from being a pure-play Outdoor Lighting Design Software house into a company offering a range of innovative, lighting-specific productivity solutions, all with the goal of empowering lighting companies & professionals to thrive – whatever the sector.”

The other Co-Founders of Spektd – Ida Moe Hoy and Andy Goodhand – will remain part of the business and will play key roles in ensuring a smooth transition and continued vision for the platform.

Richard Hall concluded, “We know how important it is to our customers that LR Spektd remains wholly independent from designer & manufacturer ownership. We also know that designers want to see our platform-reach become more widespread. 

“Lighting Reality’s ownership structure, understanding of the market processes and access to critical resources mean we are well placed to meet these demands.”

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LR Selector promises to give competitive advantage to thousands of OEMs

Lighting Reality has unveiled new software that provides unparalleled optimised product selection capability to specifiers of small, simple projects. It not only enables projects to be calculated on the go, but it compares a range of different options providing specifiers with the confidence to select the optimal solutions for projects. 

LR Selector is a tool that helps electrical contractors find the products they need from within a manufacturer’s own product portfolio, quickly and easily anywhere in the world. 

LR Selector is a white-labelled application that can be plugged into manufacturer websites to match their brand and style, enabling contractors to input their project specifications, which will then generate a detailed list of required products to compare and consider for the scheme.

With 23 years’ experience in the lighting industry, Lighting Reality has been the trusted partner to thousands of clients, providing intelligent, reliable software solutions that have helped to revolutionise the industry. The launch of LR Selector is the firm’s latest move in creating intelligent intuitive software that will support OEMs and create faster, more reliable interfaces with contractor customers.

The product is a departure from more traditional manufacturer search tools, which tend to allow contractors to compare their needs against individual products rather than a selection of products. LR Selector allows for the contractor’s needs to dictate the products and fittings required – optimising each element for maximum impact. The application also allows for a detailed product comparison, providing the ultimate knowledge bank for customers to choose the very best option for lighting schemes.

The application is also smart phone enabled, which allows for easy access on the go and has a downloadable report which reproduces the detailed findings of the optimised search, that can be shared with colleagues and customers as required.

Richard Hall from Lighting Reality, said: “We know that we have created a true force to be reckoned with here – giving manufacturers the competitive advantage that comes with offering their customers a (quick, easy, intuitive) seamless and comprehensive tool that allows them to dictate exactly what they need for their schemes. LR Selector optimises the choices available from the manufacturer’s portfolio and provides additional smart functionality that will truly add value. What’s more, the seamlessness of the process will help to build brand loyalty as contractors experience the very best service from manufacturers.

“The app is easy to plug into existing websites, alleviating the need for expensive web development time. The whole process is so simple, user-friendly and adds real value to customers who would traditionally need to spend valuable time researching and calculating individual scheme elements before placing their orders with OEMs.”

Customer Interfaces 

LR Selector’s white label application allows customers to fully integrate the functionality into their own website, which can be reskinned to match brand colourways. The ready-made front end allows customers to access Lighting Reality’s patented algorithm and software, with all calculations completed via the company’s cloud-based programme.

Lighting Reality also offers a bespoke software service that enables manufacturers to tailor the functionality to their own specific needs.

Richard said: “The ease of use and speed of set-up means that our customers can offer LR Selector technology within a couple of weeks of commissioning. The depth of knowledge that contractors can enjoy from LR Selector is transforming the whole specification process for lighting projects. It’s an exciting movement for the industry and we are looking forward to rolling the product out further in the coming weeks and months.”

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Put yourself at the forefront of the sustainable lighting revolution

The EU Green Deal umbrella, with its 153 legislative acts, has set the pace for a global trend of green regulations that are coming at an unprecedented speed. The lighting industry is facing a complex and broad scope of regulations and standards that will impact product design, manufacture, distribution, and use.

At Circular Lighting Live, on 21 September, Maurice Maes, Head of Standards and Regulations at Signify will delve into the background of this wave of green regulations and explain how it differs from the past.

But that’s not all – the industry is also seeing a surge in green label initiatives, third-party certification programs, and customers demanding proof of sustainability. Should you go all-in with Environmental Product Declarations to prove your green claims, or adopt a different strategy?

Circular Lighting Live will provide practical and strategic insights on how companies can prepare for this new landscape, and how collaboration within the industry can make things more manageable. You will:

  • Learn the steps you need to take to get ahead.
  • Hear inspirational case studies from pioneers in the sector.
  • Get valuable actionable insights from the experts.
  • See the latest innovations from event sponsors in the exhibition area.

Please join us in illuminating your path towards a sustainable future, get 7 hours of CPD, and put your company at the forefront of the sustainable lighting revolution.

  • How to prepare for an ‘avalanche’ of green regs |  Maurice Maes, head of standards and regulations at Signify.
  • TM66: The important changes in the next version – Bob Bohannon, head of policy and sustainability at the LIA.
  • How to gather environmental data |  Simon Fisher, founder of F-Mark and Recolight
  • Case Study: The Building Crafts College, London | John Bowden, principal of Silent Design, and Cliffe Tribe, UK specification manager at Casambi Technologies,
  • How to use recycled plastics in luminaires | Robert Sant,’s Group recycling director.
  • Lighting metrics for designers | Kristina Allison, senior lighting designer at Akins Global.
  • Case Study: Holburne Museum, Bath | Ali Kay, head of development at Stoane Lighting.
  • A creative solution to Cat A fit-outs and luminaire take back – Nigel Harvey, CEO of Recolight.
  • Circular Design – The challenges | Benz Roos, Associate Partner at Speirs Major.
  • A Life Cycle Assessment for designers by designers,  Marci Song, director of Seam Design.
  • Balancing creativity with specification targets:  Gary Thornton, associate designer with Nulty+.
  •  Case study: Entopia Building, Cambridge | Colin Ball, lighting director at BDP, and Jono Redden, senior lighting designer at BDP.

Circular Lighting Live is sponsored by: Signify, TRILUX, ASD Lighting PLC, BELL Lighting, Commercial Lighting Systems Ltd, Casambi Technologies, EGG lighting, FUTURE Designs, Glamox Luxonic, Helvar, Holophane Europe Ltd, Llumarlite Ltd, The Regen Initiative, Revitalite, Schréder, Silent Design, Smart Systems UK, Sylvania Lighting and TRT Lighting Limited.

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Ansell Lighting

In 1992 the brand, Ansell Lighting, was born. The first trading month of Ansell Lighting – August 1992 – recorded £70 in sales and the first product to be sold under the Ansell name was a humble A70MHL, a 70W HQI floodlight.

The business went from strength to strength and the first catalogue was produced in 1994. The early catalogues featured approximately 150 products, a figure which is dwarfed by today’s offering of 3,300 innovative product lines. The business was soon one of the leading brands in Northern Ireland. By 2000 Ansell had a 10,000 sq ft distribution centre in Belfast, with a trade counter, and stocked a huge range of high-quality luminaires and accessories. 

With the Northern Ireland business established, the operation needed to expand into a larger market and was ready to trade with wholesalers across the rest of the UK, and in 2001 set up new headquarters in Warrington. 

Runaway success

By 2014, the runaway success had attracted the attention of Endo Lighting Corporation, the Tokyo Stock Exchange listed company, resulting in the acquisition of Ansell Lighting.The combination of Endo’s reputation and extensive LED expertise continues to support Ansell’s continued growth.

Achieving Laboratory Certification 003

In 2020, our own test facility achieved Lighting Industry Association Laboratory Certification 003 for its luminaire testing – one of just six in the UK to achieve the accreditation – allowing it to validate the quality, reliability and performance of new and existing products in-house.Already a leader in the UK, we have ambitions to continue to grow our operations overseas. To date Ansell exports to 26 different countries from our premises in UK, Belfast, Madrid and Donguan, China.



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Michael Grubb Studio Highlights Wonders of the World at BBC Earth Experience, London

BBC Earth Experience is a unique and unforgettable audio-visual journey across the natural world and seven continents. Recently opened, this experience features breath-taking footage and music from the BBC Studios Natural History Unit television series Seven Worlds, One Planet, with bespoke narration by David Attenborough.

Created by MoonEye Productions UK Limited with architectural design by wooarchitects and contractor project management by ES Global, this 360-degree audio visual journey is projected on multiple screens using the latest digital screen technology. Located at the Daikin Centre, a purpose-built venue in London’s Earl’s Court, this immersive experience transforms the environment from the city and allows visitors to step into the heart of the natural world.

Michael Grubb Studio were appointed by wooarchitects to provide the design and delivery of the lighting scheme for the external landscape, façade, and internal exhibition areas. Due to the nature of the event, a key part of the brief was to focus on the sustainability which was one of the leading lighting principles.

To create a sustainable design, Michael Grubb Studio kept light levels minimal where possible and mitigated light pollution and glare to the surrounding areas. A unique factor of this project is that it is also designed to be modular so that the experience can be taken apart and reintroduced in a different area to save on any wastage. The studio incorporated modular, durable, and high-quality light fittings to meet the sustainability agenda.

Michael Grubb Studio worked closely with Fira Landscape Architects and Urban Design to ensure the correct positioning of fittings leading up to the venue, to highlight the key landscape and showcase the growth of plant life as visitors walk along the route.

As visitors approach the venue, the façade lighting highlights the word ‘experience’ to draw attention from West Brompton station and the walk from Emperor’s Place. The external main elements of the façade are created using uplights at 30-degree angles to the timber struts, and linear lighting which illuminates the underside of the canopy. This vertical lighting marries up with the vertical interior lighting design at the lockers and shopfront areas.

A minimal approach was taken to the interior gallery spaces, ensuring flexibility and simple control. DALI lighting control was used across the site to set levels for the transition between day and night. In the main gallery the only light source comes from the large AV screens, so it was important to introduce darker atmospheric lighting to the inside spaces so that the transition feels natural.

Kevin Owens, Founder of wooarchitects: “The lighting design for the BBC Earth Experience by Michael Grubb Studio was critical for enhancing the visitor experience of the location. A great deal of sensitivity had to be applied to help reflect the journey with its variety of moods; from anticipation upon the approach, to reflection and wonder at the exhibition narrative. The illumination of the building’s façade wording was one of our core design concepts providing a focal point which can be seen in the surrounding areas, acting as a beacon, reinforcing a sense of place for the meanwhile development.”

Mike Cascarino, Head of London Studio of Michael Grubb Studio: “The Studio was honoured to create a lighting scheme for such a renowned client and experience. The lighting design has helped contribute to the immersive nature of the experience through atmospheric light levels and has also helped meet the brief of providing a modular and sustainable design which can be adapted and reused.”

Project credits:

Client: MoonEye Productions UK Limited
Contractor: ES Global
Architects: wooarchitects
Landscape Architects: Fira Landscape Architecture and Urban Design
MEP and Engineering Consultants: Griffiths Evans
Lighting Design: Michael Grubb Studio
Photographer: Mike Massaro

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A10 Electrical Solutions Ltd Celebrates Triple 30 under 30 Awards Success

The eFIXX 30 under 30 awards, sponsored by Luceco Group, has completed its second year awarding the next generation of successful electrical contractors, who have made significant contributions to the industry.

One company in particular found incredible success at the awards; Dale Hunter, Founder of A10 Electrical Solutions, was awarded as a 30 under 30 winner in the first year of the awards. This year, he nominated two of his own team, Archie Murton and Leonard Radley, who incredibly, have both gone on to receive the accolade for 2023.

The two winners share what being an award recipient means to them and how it has raised the profile of A10 Electrical Solutions. Archie and Leonard share how they started their journeys at A10 Electrical Solutions, and how they felt being nominated by Dale for this award.

Archie said: “At the Southgate College open day I was approached by the team handling electrical installations and they convinced me to enrol in their level 2 course. I knew a friend of Dale’s who had taken me on a domestic re-wire job where I was fortunate enough to meet Dale. Since then, I have been able to learn a great deal from them and expand my love and knowledge of the electrical industry.

“When I first learned about my nomination for the award, I had no idea that it was Dale who had put me forward. I felt incredibly grateful and excited to be recognised for the hard work I put into my industry. As I watched the award announcements, I was filled with shock and amazement. Being one of the 30 recipients was truly an honour.”

Leonard added: “I have been an electrician for 10 years. Once I finished my apprenticeship, my previous company decided to keep me on, and I stay with them until 2021, which is when I join A10 Electrical Solutions. I knew Dale way before he opened his company as we both started in college together and I’ve  helped him with a couple of jobs before A10 Electrical Solutions was developed, so I decided to leave my previous company to help Dale out with expanding his company.

“I was very surprised to be nominated by Dale and to even win it was even more surprising. I am very happy to win the award and I feel privileged.”

The winners share how proud sponsors of the awards, Luceco Group, add support and credibility to the programme. Archie said: “The support of a respected manufacturer like Luceco Group makes a significant difference in how the awards are perceived and valued by participants and the wider community. It’s always beneficial to have reputable organisations and individuals endorsing and supporting initiatives to give them more prestige.”

Leonard adds: “The support of Luceco Group will be very beneficial to myself and A10 Electrical Solutions by attracting more customers and letting them know they can trust and rely on us.”

Dale was honoured to nominate members of his team for this award after experiencing first-hand how the 30 under 30 awards benefitted his electrical career. Dale said: “A10 Electrical has gone from strength to strength since winning the award last year. The awards have allowed us to engage in partnerships with Luceco Group, which gives us the incredible benefit of receiving products and expert answers from our contacts more quickly, improving our efficiency and turnaround.

“We have received more attention on social media, increasing business and supporting our growth. We have started a training course and we have two new engineers starting with us soon, which is very exciting!

“I am so proud of Archie and Leonard; they are assets to the company and do incredible work, which I wanted them to be recognised for, both to show my appreciation and give them more opportunities. It was such a nice surprise that they both went on to win! I will be nominating more people for next year’s awards, and hopefully we will have a third year of winners here at A10 Electrical Solutions!” We are all looking forward to attending the winner’s event in September.

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MS Lighting Design Creates Beautiful Lighting for Stunning Home Extension in Cranley Gardens

This stunning home in north London underwent a refurbishment to create a gorgeous extension which could be used as a flexible, multi-use space. Award-winning architects Fraher & Findlay appointed MS Lighting Design to produce the lighting design for the extension.

The interiors were intended to be natural, using wood and textured plaster in many areas, in order to create a calming, uncluttered atmosphere. The approach to the lighting design was to integrate and conceal the lighting as much as possible, providing task lighting where needed while highlighting the beautiful architecture.

One of the key architectural features of the space was the sawtooth roof, which maximised the height for the client while allowing an easier planning application. In the main kitchen/dining space, a linear light source in a trough where the ceiling starts to rise provided a beautiful wash across the plastered ceiling, highlighting its finish and providing a large amount of ambient light into the space.

Over the dining table a stunning, perfectly balanced pendant provides a focal point and practical light without impeding the views out onto the garden. While suspended over the island, a pair of pendants focus light downwards onto the work surface. The lighting scheme had to account for changes in ceiling height, which was overcome with the clever use of multiple fixing points. Under cupboard lighting and mini plaster in spotlights complete the kitchen lighting scheme.

In the snug, a linear uplight was incorporated into the wall structure itself, matching the wash on the main room and providing excellent ambient light. Complementing this is a beautiful floor lamp, plus a wash of light above the window seat.

It was essential to bring the small courtyard into the home, so that it did not just become a black box in the evening. The tree was made the focal point by highlighting it with spike spotlights, while a diffused indirect wall light provides soft, ambient light.

Lizzie Fraher, Director at Fraher & Findlay, said: “The lighting scheme from MS Lighting Design has perfectly set the ambience that the client desired for their new extension. The combination of decorative pendant lights with subtle spotlighting creates an intimate aesthetic for dining, with the appropriate task lighting for various functions and highlighting the unique architecture of the space.”

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Signify opens new factory for light sources and luminaires in China, its biggest in the world

Eindhoven, the Netherlands – Signify (Euronext: LIGHT), the world leader in lighting, today announced the opening of its biggest LED lighting manufacturing site in the world in Jiujiang, Jiangxi Province, China. The new factory of Signify’s joint venture company Zhejiang Klite Lighting Holdings Co., Ltd (“Klite”) will manufacture high-quality branded LED lighting products, including for the Philips brand, for China and the global market.

Fully operational by the end of this year with 192 production lines, the 200,000-square meter facility will utilize world-class manufacturing technology, advanced process control, and intelligent logistics to produce LED lighting sources and luminaires for both professional and consumer markets.

“Further growth in China is a key component of our global business strategy. This new factory is an important addition to our global production capacity, supporting Signify’s growth in China and across the world. Fully in line with our growth vision, the plant illustrates our long-term commitment to China, and enhances our manufacturing and innovation presence in this important market to support China’s sustainability goals,” said Eric Rondolat, CEO of Signify.

“Opening this state-of-the-art facility not only strengthens our in-house manufacturing capability for LED lighting products, but it also helps us drive even greater speed, efficiency and innovation so we can better prepare for the growth in the global LED lighting market,” said Rowena Lee, Division Leader Digital Products at Signify.

“The new factory will be our largest manufacturing site for LED lamps and luminaires in China and worldwide,” said Yanwei Shen, CEO of Klite. “Jiangxi Province is at the hub of China’s Midwest region with advantages in transportation and labor resources, making it a great location to build a manufacturing base of LED lighting.”

With sustainability at the top of the Signify agenda, energy efficiency measures, manufacturing automation and intelligent logistics technologies are employed in the new facility to achieve its sustainability and smart factory goals.

In 2019, Signify acquired a 51% stake in Klite, a leading manufacturer of high-quality, cost-efficient LED sources and luminaires for a global customer base. In China, Signify also manufactures products at its nine facilities in multiple locations, in addition to this new facility. These in-house production capabilities, as well as Signify’s strategic partnerships with contract manufacturers, form an efficient hybrid supply chain strategy that enables high market responsiveness, accelerates product innovation, and supports Signify’s growth in China and other global markets.

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ICEL Emergency Lighting Competence Framework: Elevating Safety, Competence, and Responsibility in the Emergency Lighting Industry

In the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the emergency lighting sector is undergoing a transformative journey, committed to enhancing safety standards and preventing future tragedies.

ICEL (Industry Committee for Emergency Lighting) member companies have been at the forefront of driving industry progress, demonstrating an unwavering dedication to advancing safety and performance. The upcoming ICEL Emergency Lighting Conference 2023, scheduled for 14th September at the Cavendish Conference Centre in London, marks a pivotal moment for the emergency lighting domain, attracting major contractors, FM companies, and specifiers.

Against the backdrop of the 2018 “Building a Safer Future” report, known as the Hackitt Report, the focus is on the imperative of competence within the built environment sector. The report’s call for a shift from rigid regulations to an outcomes-based approach emphasises competence as crucial for safeguarding individuals’ well-being.

In direct response to the call for proactive measures, ICEL has developed an Emergency Lighting Individual Competence Framework. This comprehensive blueprint fosters competence at both individual and organisational levels and defines the competencies needed across six critical domains – product design, specification, system design, installation, sales & distribution and testing & maintenance, instilling unwavering confidence in all emergency lighting activities.

Central to the ICEL Emergency Lighting Competence Framework is the strategic mapping of routes to competence and robust mechanisms for recording evidence. These routes encompass qualifications, professional registrations, training and demonstrations of experience and behaviour. ICEL’s commitment involves the continuous validation of competence throughout professionals’ careers, fostering a culture of ongoing improvement.

The forthcoming ICEL Emergency Lighting Conference 2023 stands as a beacon for sharing insights into the ICEL Emergency Lighting Competence Framework. The conference offers a unique opportunity to engage, enlighten, and empower.

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Creating unique spaces with award-winning lighting design

Siddharth Mathur, Managing Partner at Studio Lumen, discusses how lighting is key to creating an environment and setting the unique atmosphere and functionality for each space. He shares how this was a critical factor in creating the lighting design for the award-winning Clé D’or project, which perfectly married lighting principles for both hospitality and retail settings.

Siddharth, a lighting designer based in Dubai, started his journey by gaining a degree in architecture and working as an architect in India. He went on to specialise in lighting, igniting his passion for lighting design and how it uniquely interacts with a space. The mission at Studio Lumen is the creative integration of light and shape to compliment the architecture.

This transition from architect to lighting designer allows Siddharth to truly understand the impact that lighting has on the design and function of a space.

How lighting creates a space fit for purpose

When creating the lighting design for Clé D’or, the biggest challenge faced was that this project uniquely blends the space between hospitality and retail functionalities. There are nuanced differences between hospitality and retail lighting and the scheme for this project required the two to become combined.

Retail lighting is directed towards public spaces, with the aim being to showcase products and draw attention to specific features, with the lighting becoming part of the design. Whereas hospitality lighting focuses on blending seamlessly into the design, creating ambience in a space by producing a sense of privacy, comfort and belonging.

Marrying the two different purposes of lighting, without one outshining the other, is difficult and challenging The brief was to create a neutral, warm space that highlights products for retail aspects while creating nooks and areas of privacy for the hospitality layer, with each section having its own identity.

Siddharth and the team at Studio Lumen achieved the desired effect by creating a perfect symphony of lighting layers, managing the lighting onsite to elevate itin certain areas and underplay it in others, perfecting a balance of contrast.

The importance of collaboration with interior designers

Studio Lumen worked on this outstanding project with Interior Design studio H2R, and credit their success on this project to the symbiotic relationship between the two firms. Studio Lumen were brought onto the project by H2R from day one, to create the concept and introduce lighting schemes right from the beginning.

The key to creating the perfect marriage between interior design and lighting design that meets the desired end goal for the client, is to have close collaboration between teams who work together as early and seamlessly as possible. This way there is more influence between the lighting and interior designs and the teams can brainstorm ideas and find solutions to any potential issues.

It’s vital that the teams respect each other’s knowledge, experience and skillset. It is also important for the client to see the value in the work and have a clear vision for what they want from the design, so that the designers and stakeholders strive towards the same goal. A project aligns when there is one objective and a respect and understanding that everyone is in this together.

Uniting retail and hospitality lighting for award-winning project design

The end result of this incredible collaboration was the Clé D’or project, winner of Retail Project of the Year at Light Middle East in 2023. Clé D’or, located in Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, is transforming the concept of luxury shopping with an exclusive, membership-only retail experience.

This project is unlike any other that the design teams had worked on, creating an interesting opportunity to produce a unique lighting scheme. Set inside the mall, this exclusive members’ area includes high-end shopping, a barber, tailor, lounges, meeting areas, spaces for formal events, and private dining. The brief was to create a one-of-a-kind space for a set of curated clientele, inserting a sense of exclusivity into a public space.

The space had to allow for a diversity of functions and exclusive hybrid areas where clients can have privacy from the rest of the mall. The design needed an elegant touch to capture the professionalism and refinement of the setting, achieved through a neutral, minimalist design.

Lighting was key in creating this transition from a bright mall corridor to a calming space, taking the consumer on a complete journey. This was achieved through three layers of lighting; architectural lighting to illustrate the great heights, general lighting that set the overall ambience, and feature lighting for private areas and nooks to add a decorative element. Each layer of interior and lighting design has been dissected to make it structured yet casual, decorative yet functional, for an environment of contrast and balance that marry together for the right combination of accent lighting, decorative lighting, functional lighting and ambient lighting.

Lighting design has proven to be an integral factor of both interior design and a crucial consideration for design as a whole. Lighting has a significant impact on creating distinct settings throughout multi-functional spaces, setting the ambience and purpose for separate areas to combine unique client needs.