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A comprehensive guide to facade lighting

Author: Site Editor     Publish Time: 2023-03-31      Origin: Site

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Architectural facade lighting may make buildings and structures more attractive and diverse in three dimensions if some LED lighting technology and bulb selection criteria are followed correctly.

What is the definition of architectural facade lighting?

Architectural facade lighting refers to the use of outdoor lighting to showcase the appearance of buildings and structures at night, as part of a broader night scene lighting scheme. The main objective is to enhance the architectural features of the building and create a visually appealing and unique nighttime atmosphere by integrating the lighting design with the surrounding environment and landscape. In essence, this lighting technique illuminates the building's facade to highlight its beauty and provide a distinctive image after dark.

What are the key considerations for building facade lighting design?

  • The lighting design must adhere to the requirements of urban night lighting planning and be in sync with engineering design.

  • Illuminance, brightness, and lighting power density should adhere to national standards. Energy-efficient light sources and lamps should be chosen to avoid excessive energy consumption in the pursuit of visual effects.

  • Select lighting sources, lamps, and methods thoughtfully, using the color rendering index of different light sources, light distribution curves of lamps, and adjustable lighting control techniques to achieve the desired artistic visual effects.

  • Carefully determine the placement, lighting angle, and shading measures of lamps to minimize light pollution and glare.

  • Choose colored lights selectively, as different building facades and surrounding objects require different lighting colors.

  • Lighting fixtures must take adequate preventive measures based on environmental conditions and installation methods to avoid potential accidents.

What led lights will be used for facade lighting?

There are three methods for lighting a facade:

Narrow beam spotlight

Because of its narrow beam angle and extended irradiation distance, narrow beam spotlights can illuminate a high wall with a few lights. This produces a linear light appearance, which is appropriate for bridge cables and iron towers. Narrow-beam floodlights are more efficient in terms of light use and can produce superior lighting effects, especially for linear and columnar objects. As a result, the illumination advantages are more noticeable.

Outdoor Wall lights

Outdoor wall lights are typically placed at the center of a building's facade. There are two main types of wall lights for facades: single-head wall lights that shine in one direction, and up-down wall lights that have lamps at both the top and bottom. These lights are used for different purposes; for example, a down-lighter may suffice for a low farmhouse, but an up-down wall light would be more suitable for illuminating a tall hotel's facade.

Inground light

Inground lights are a type of outdoor lighting that is installed flush with the ground or surface they are placed on. They are typically used for illuminating paths, walkways, driveways, and building entrances. Inground lights are durable and weather-resistant, making them suitable for outdoor use in various climates. They come in a range of styles, including round, square, and rectangular shapes, as well as different materials like aluminum, stainless steel, and plastic. The light fixtures can be either directional or omnidirectional, depending on the desired lighting effect. Inground lights can also be used to highlight architectural features or landscape elements, and can be controlled with dimmers or timers for added convenience and energy savings.

Linear Wall Washer Lights

Linear wall washer lights, also known as LED wall washers, are intended to brighten huge structures by washing the walls with light in the same way as water does. These lights have a 10-100 meter range and are ideal for use in government and commercial lighting projects, as well as subways, building exteriors, and other architectural icons. They're also great for adding color to displays and walls, as well as brightening outdoor plazas and landscapes. These lights may generate a wide range of colors, including red, yellow, white, green, blue, and multi-color effects. They can also tolerate a wide range of indoor and outdoor temperatures and humidity conditions.

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