Daylighting: How to Naturally Brighten Commercial Spaces

Brightening a commercial space is essential for most building owners. Unless they are running a nightclub, nothing looks worse for a business than having clients enter into a dimly lit building. It’s just plain uninviting.

That’s why getting the lighting of a space right is a substantial challenge for designers, and it’s one that is based upon the layout of the space, the placement of windows and the current lighting that is available within the space.

It’s not always possible (or within the budget) to rewire a building in order to add new lights, which is why contractors must look to other sources of light to brighten a space.

And none of these is more potent than the sun.

Using Daylight to Brighten a Space

The average 60watt light bulb gives off about 800 lumens. The sun provides an illuminance of about 98,000 lux (lumens per square meter).

There’s no greater source of light for a designer to work with.

But unless your client has a custom ceiling made of glass, it’s not always easy to bring more sunlight into a room. Thankfully, there are other ways to brighten a room.

Choose Colors Wisely

Color plays a huge role in the mood of a room. It also dictates how bright the room can become. While no amount of paint will make up for poor lighting, you can still give the illusion that the room is brighter than it is.

Light colors like white and yellow are the best choices, but don’t worry about having to cover the entire space with a single color. Dark accents can always be added to contrast the primary color, all without decreasing the brightness of a room.

Add Some Glass

More windows always means more light and, if possible, they should be added to any dark space. If this is not possible, mirrored walls and ceilings can always be used instead. They will not only make rooms appear brighter, but larger too. This especially works well in hallways or areas where sunlight cannot naturally illuminate.

Skip on Textured Walls and Ceilings

While they normally add a bit of character to a room, textured walls and ceilings add shadows that cause rooms to appear darker. A great substitute to this is to add glass fixtures and accents to the walls and ceiling. This will allow light to reflect around the room while avoiding the less interesting look of a smooth, flat surface.

Let us Brighten the Space

At Sonus Interiors, at project leaders have worked with clients to match the right flooring, ceiling and other products that can help stretch the natural lighting of a room. To learn more about how we can help you with your next project, contact our team today.