LEDs in Architecture

The obvious efficiency benefits are perhaps the single most important reason for installing LED lighting. In terms of architecture and interior design, versatility and innovation are inextricably linked to reducing energy consumption. In short it is not only possible to light the premises we live and work in with this supremely applicable technology but also the appliances and devices they contain. LED lighting is no longer confined to laser pointers and the first digital calculators; it is everywhere.

It is employed in domestic lighting as well high street design and urban regeneration and is most definitely here to stay. LED lights can be used in so many applications that it is firmly integrated into the overall architectural design process and not just an after-thought or necessary installation.

Making your wall LED

We have all walked into a premises and thought, “that wallpaper and /or colour scheme has just go to go”, and we have all tried to put off actually doing the work. Furthermore, when we have finished, we have also wanted someone else to clean the paint brushes, breath in the solvents as they evaporate and put the unnecessary wallpaper and other discarded material into the recycling. In other words changing the colour scheme is a time-consuming task that requires concentration and commitment. In the world of LED lighting and architecture, it does not have to be this way.

Prototype LED wallpaper exists meaning that the possibility exists to change the feel of your surroundings by literally turning a dial or pressing a button. LED bulbs and “LED ultra-bright” bulbs combine maximum efficiency (many of which surpass forthcoming legislation) with an ever expanding range of colours and combinations thereof. The wallpaper is actually a bank of luminous wall panels that can be designed and colour coded to meet any taste and budget.

LED Light and virtual views

Standard incandescent and halogen bulbs simply do not have the versatility of LED bulbs. The latter lights are much more amenable (and aesthetic) when it comes to back or under lighting of cabinets or general living space. For instance, LED light strips are lightweight, are easily measured and cut to requirements and are waterproof. Once again, the colour combinations are practically unlimited and the energy savings demonstrable. Related to the use of domestic LED light strips is the potential for use of LED sky panels in the workplace.

Once installed, the panels display imitations or representations of environments ranging from outer space to undulating green fields replete with lush vegetation. Having experienced more sterile looking workplaces than I care to mention, I know what I prefer.  The business case is equally robust, as any enterprise will enjoy more productivity and therefore profit, if its workforce is happy and respected.

In a very real sense LED lighting can be a fundamental driver of any design project, such that the only limitation is imagination and the extent of the inter-disciplinary approach employed in the design process.


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