What Lighting Can Do for Your Business
Retail lighting has a multitude of functions, primarily to create ambiance in your establishment and draw customers to your merchandise. By understanding types of lighting and their roles, a business owner can work together with the installing electrician. Together, they can create the ideal lighting for both the needs of customers and the most effective display of merchandise.
Here are some of the essential tools in lighting a storefront operation:
Also called ambient lighting, these are the overhead lights which provide necessary illumination for the store. It keeps people out of the dark and should light most of the space with general lighting. General lighting makes customers feel safe and welcome. Good lighting isn’t exceptional, but poor lighting will drive customers away.
The purpose of accent lighting is to bring attention to merchandise and make it look its best. Accent lighting draws customers: by pairing the most desirable merchandise with accent lighting, it draws the customer to your best pieces. Accent lighting shouldn’t be limited to the ceiling, either. Think about uplighting in display windows and strip lighting along shelving.
Task lighting is lighting helps your staff or customers perform tasks which require light. The dressing room, the service and checkout desk, the prep area, and the backroom all need task lighting for specific functions unrelated to merchandise display.
Decorative lighting is the lighting which sends customers an emotional message. Playful twinkle lights, bold colored lighting, elegant chandeliers, and more help create your brand message and draw the customers you want. While decorative lighting makes a statement, it is also efficient for other purposes, i.e., the task of general lighting. But as an establishment which doesn’t have decorative lighting is sending a weak message. Failure to submit a brand message can cause a merchandiser to lose valuable business.
When choosing lighting, fixtures should be paired with bulbs which fulfill the specific needs of the area. Pendant lighting, for example, looks very different depending on the color range of the bulb. Color temperature strategies should be strongly considered during the selection of lighting, something which we will address more closely in a future piece.
Lighting is truly one of the most creative means to use a primary function to draw, guide, comfort, and delight your customers. While poor lighting is underwhelming, a storefront should never underestimate proper lighting as a valuable sales tool.
If you need a highly-reviewed, licensed electrician in the Phoenix Valley area, call Efficient Electric at 623-900-1461. We would love to hear from you!