Exterior lighting of the building
The building’s exterior is the first factor in creating visual appeal, and in other words, the first factor in introducing the type and quality of the building. Therefore, the exterior lighting design of various buildings, in addition to making the building visible in the dark at night, also increases the overall attractiveness and creates a beautiful atmosphere in the city.
During the day, due to sufficient light and the surrounding environment of the building, the external facade is transparent, but at night, we can no longer see the exterior; that is why it’s lit correctly is very important and creates beauty and attractiveness. Most of the building is also turned. In the past, people used facade lighting only in shops, large commercial and cultural structures and famous buildings such as museums.
The purpose of lighting is to make the building visible in the night’s darkness and create a pleasing visual effect on the exterior. Therefore, the exterior lighting, such as in halls, restaurants, parks and tall buildings, is much more visible than in the past. But today, it is more important in the modern world and has attracted most of society’s attention.
According to the purpose and wishes of the employer, the lighting of the exterior of the building is done in different ways. For example, you can illuminate the entire body, or your goal is to highlight only a part of the facade and distinguish it from other parts of the building.
What are the principles of building exterior lighting?
In the design of exterior lighting, you should pay attention to a few main things, some of which we have mentioned below.
• You should illuminate the frame around the windows.
• It is better to respect horizontal and vertical lines in the view.
• The colour of the light used in the lighting should match the colour of the facade.
• Pay attention to the corners of the exterior.
• You need to illuminate the areas around the columns.
• The entrance area for pedestrians and riders needs lighting.
• The skyline needs lighting.
• It is not a good idea to light the areas of materials that reflect a lot of light because it causes glare.
Exterior lighting criteria
It would help if you did the lighting of the facade with the purpose mentioned above. For example, lighting is done in two ways.
- Just for the beauty of the exterior
- Paying attention to some elements
Another thing that you should pay attention to in lighting is that you should specify whether the lighting is for a part or the entire facade of the building.
Please pay attention to the light and its related features. Among the essential things in lighting are intensity, direction and colour of light.
• Color of light
The colour of the exterior lighting should match the colour of the materials used in the building. Therefore, you should put the colour of light and materials in the same colour spectrum to look beautiful and integrated.
White and blue are among the most widely used lights in the facade of the building because they match most colours and create a beautiful harmony.
• Light intensity
If the light intensity is low, the facade has no effect, and if it is high, besides creating light pollution, it causes the defects of the exterior to be visible.
That is why you should use balanced light intensity on the exterior because it maintains the effect of the building and gives more beauty to the facade.
Also, the intensity of these lights will not bother the passers-by, and the building will not be repetitive and boring for the residents.
• Light direction
Another critical issue in lighting is the choice of lighting direction. Façade lighting should not enter the building. In addition to the problems of light disturbance, light entry into the building seriously annoys the residents.
The direction of the light should be in such a way that when the light shines on the prominent parts of the building, shadows are not created on other factors because it causes a lot of damage to the beauty of the building.
Also, the light source should not be obvious, and people looking at the building should see a unified light.
The exterior lighting style
Building lighting comes in several styles; below, we will examine them in illumination.
Harsh lighting: This style is mainly used for surfaces or small elements in the view.
Uniform lighting: generally starts from one point of view and can cover a wide area.
Indoor and outdoor lighting: generally used next to openings such as entry and exit doors and windows. Of course, it is better not to use lighting near windows in residential buildings because it may destroy privacy.
Regional lighting: This style is mainly done next to openings, columns, and more important places.
Important items in lighting
• The details
In the lighting of the building, you should pay attention to even the most minor details.
• Great variety in lighting
During the lighting, you should proceed according to one style, and using several ones in lighting the facade will make it look not pleasant.
• Using solar lights
It is not suitable to use solar lighting on the facade because you cannot use the lighting on the exterior on days when the weather is cloudy and there is no light.
Exterior lighting at night
One of the primary and most essential parts of a facade is its lighting. Facade lighting at night makes your facade shine like a diamond.
Today, we see that many buildings have been able to multiply the attractiveness of the facade by using lighting.
If the lighting is done following the facade’s design, it creates an impressive and eye-catching effect.
So, never underestimate the lighting of your facade and entrust its design to the most experienced company like the KCS Group so that you won’t regret it.
Why KCS Group?
We can do the exterior lighting differently, and the type of lighting may change according to your taste and budget. You should first analyze the architectural plan and design the lighting in this case. Lighting design is done in two ways.
- Simultaneously with the design of the plans
- after the design
The company must have the necessary flexibility to satisfy the customer. For example, some customers want us to light the entire facade of the building, but others are satisfied with the economical lighting or showing a part of the exterior. In this way, they make that part of the facade more prominent than others and spend a small budget on lighting.
Choosing the right exterior parts for lighting is included in the design phase. To illuminate the facade, you must place light sources in certain parts of the building so that its elevations and depressions are shown, and you have an impressive structure.
Each building has its lighting design depending on its use, property location, facade area, and style.
KCS Group can create a beautiful view for your building at night using its experienced team.