Architectural (also know as “accent”) lighting design is the practice of using decorative lighting to illuminate the exterior of buildings, landscapes, or creating dynamic room environments for non-theatrical applications. The purpose of architectural lighting is to provide sufficient light for the building/landscape/room, while maximizing the aesthetic and visual comfort for the given environment. To ensure this happens, Spectra Technical follows a strict two step process when contracted to provide accent lighting.
Our first concern is the aesthetic appeal of the light. Accent lighting should not dominate the structure or room, but rather highlight the uniqueness of the venue or landscape. Secondly we look at the ergonomic aspect. We make sure to only illuminate what is needed to provide a stunning and dramatic addition to your building or venue. Over-lighting is unattractive and distracts from the actual object it is intended to frame. Spectra also takes the physical lighting fixture into consideration. For temporary events such as wedding receptions or fundraisers, slim, sleek, and easily concealable fixtures are generally installed to provide a clean look for the building or event. For permanent solutions, such as exterior or interior lighting for a home, business, or garden, it is common to incorporate visible fixtures for a more structured look.
One of the most common applications of architectural lighting is a technique called “uplighting.” Uplighting (illustrated right) is a simple way of making any room or building pop with sophistication and elegance. This is achieved by placing light sources at the base of walls around the room and directing the spill up towards the ceiling, causing the light to reflect back over the entire room. This practice is often seen for wedding receptions, banquets, and dances, however the proper use of uplighting can turn any regular event into an upscale, head-turning venue.
Spectra Technical has experience with all types of architectural lighting, exterior and interior. Make us your first call when considering whether or not to add that extra dimension to your building or event!