ARCHITECTURAL OUTDOOR LIGHTING
INTRODUCTION TO ARCHITECTURAL OUTDOOR LIGHTINGThe 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.