Choosing the right lighting for a retail or commercial outlet is just as important as choosing the right colour for the walls, or the right displays for your products. Making the right lighting choice is all about matching the style and size of your store with the correct type of light fitting. Should the light stand out or blend in? Do you need a warm or cool effect? How much lighting power is required? All these questions need to be asked, and each answer will point you to a different type of light.
Lighting for larger stores
The basic retail light is there to provide light across a wide area, a marriage of form and function. Part of our high bay range, the Clear / Black High Bay fitting is a perfect example. This low-cost light has a traditional domed shade design, but with 100W of power at its disposal, it will light-up a large area of any shop. As it is a pendant fitting, it’s also more flexible than flush or recessed lighting.
This Retail & Display High Bay fitting is tough, too. It’s certified to IP44, protecting it from stray wires, screws and water splashes.
These sorts of light are best-suited to larger retail stores, but you may find that the fittings themselves are a little too conspicuous. The solution is a light that sits flush with the wall or ceiling, creating light for your shop in the simplest, and least conspicuous way.
Less conspicuous shop lighting
In-use, an LED Panel appears an innocuous, glowing ceiling panel. With fairly consistent output throughout the panel, some are designed to fit in with existing ceiling grids, at 600mm by 600mm in size.
One of the biggest benefits of this light is that as it uses LEDs, its expected lifespan is huge. Lasting an average of 40,000 hours, it’ll soldier on providing your premises with all-day, even white light for years.
The diffuser model is of most interest for retail spaces, softening and dispersing the light output. If you also want lights for backroom offices, the anti-glare model is your perfect solution. It features a light opening designed to reduce glare on computer screens – much easier on the eyes in office spaces.
These lights primarily for larger spaces tend to value practicality over a specific look or effect – not every commercial-grade light is like this though. Plenty of boutique lights can provide a much more distinctive effect.
Lighting for smaller shops
For smaller shops, the Scope Low Voltage Wire Light System provides style, warmth and an intimate vibe in equal measure. It features a rail of five adjustable spotlights, lined-up in a row along a 5m span of cable. With classy polished chrome housings, these spotlights offer a much more eye-catching approach than any other we’ve covered so far.
Recessed Downlights bring a similarly impressive sense of style to any shop. It’s a fairly small housing designed to give you careful control over the lighting in any premises. Downlights either come with integrated LEDs or take a GU1o bulb, which allows you to choose the bulb yourself.
Why not take a look at our full commercial lighting range?
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Charles Barnett Managing Director
Charles started Lyco in 1995 with just 4 enthusiastic employees and has grown it considerably over the past 25 years. Charles is also the Managing Director of Lighting Direct and newly acquired Online Lighting. He now has a team of 50 lighting experts working on growing Lyco Group to be the UK leader in lighting for both businesses and homes. Away from the office he is a keen cyclist and is proud to have cycled 1017 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise money for a new residential centre for adults with multiple learning difficulties.