Architectural outdoor lighting

Introduction to architectural outdoor lighting

The purpose of architectural lighting – whether indoor or outdoor – is to emphasize or mask our surroundings. It is using light to shape, modify or change how we perceive the characteristics of a building, surface or space. It is an art with no strict rules only limited by imagination. As visual comfort and creating atmospheres that affect our emotions play the most important roles, the luminaires must usually be as well-hidden as possible; unless they are an artwork in themselves. Typical outdoor applications include façade lighting made using wall-washing or blade type techniques, or highlighting different landmarks such as memorials or signage.

Thanks to the latest LED technology architectural lighting has changed dramatically in recent years with new opportunities and effects. Whether operated manually or automatically, LED is the best light source for mixing colours and white tones as well as for creating patterns. LEDs also offer rapid on/off transitions, more accurate colour reproduction, less power consumption and prolonged lifetime, as well as IP based remote control and intelligent lighting capabilities. Their small size also provides more freedom in luminaire designs and ways of implementing lighting into different structures.