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  • PublisherCIBSE
  • Product CodeLG17
  • Number of pages76
  • Publication DateOct 2018
  • ISBN9781912034376

LG17: Lighting for retail premises


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LG17: Lighting for retail premises

Retail outlets, stores, shops, kiosks and showrooms are only a few of the ways to refer to retail spaces and that in itself shows the diversity within this type of space in the built environment. Retail offers, by far, the widest range of opportunities and challenges to the lighting designer. It is perhaps the area where most creative opportunities arise and close working with interior designers and building owners from the outset is essential.

It should also be remembered that retail outlets are places of work and the lighting needs to help in providing a safe and comfortable environment for staff in line with appropriate regulations.

Section 10 of the Guide provides some practical example of how to approach different design challenges in a range of retail outlets. We hope readers find this useful


1 Approach to designing retail lighting
1.1 Introduction
1.2 The designer
1.3 Importance of understanding the retail space
1.4 Creative design
1.5 Scale of illuminance
1.6 Horizontal or cylindrical illuminance
1.7 Modelling ratio
1.8 Client/user types
1.9 Working with known occupiers
1.10 Speculative developments
1.11 Change of use
1.12 Importance of identifying the correct colour of light
1.13 Coordinating the lighting design
1.14 Portable display screens and touch screen cash registers
1.15 Checkout and pay desk areas
1.16 Shop window lighting
1.17 Illuminated displays, signage and projected images
1.18 Sales floor lighting
1.19 Back of house lighting
1.20 Accent lighting
1.21 Re-use of equipment
1.22 Getting the most out of daylight
1.23 Energy use
1.24 Maintenance of the retail space

2 Types of retail outlet
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Self-contained retail outlets
2.3 Mixed developments
2.4 Smaller shops and stores

3 Speculative development

4 Daylighting
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Daylight factor
4.3 Uniformity of daylight
4.4 Daylight autonomy
4.5 The importance of early involvement
4.6 Controlling the effects of daylight
4.7 Refurbishment and conversion
4.8 New-build

5 Electric lighting
5.1 Introduction
5.2 The importance of early involvement
5.3 Refurbishment and conversion
5.4 New-build
5.5 Lighting styles
5.6 Providing services to luminaires
5.7 Lighting techniques
5.8 Designing with localized lighting
5.9 Designing with supplementary task lighting
5.10 Designing with direct lighting
5.11 Luminaire layout with direct lighting
5.12 Direct lighting and display screens
5.13 Designing with indirect lighting
5.14 Surface reflectance and decor
5.15 Design criteria for indirect lighting
5.16 Luminaire selection for indirect lighting
5.17 Designing with direct/indirect lighting
5.18 Luminaire selection for direct/indirect lighting
5.19 Designing with a combination of direct light and indirect light

6 Energy use
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Things to consider
6.3 Assessing energy use
6.4 The energy balance
6.5 Environmental assessment methods
6.6 Legislative requirements

7 Control of lighting
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Control functions
7.3 Human interaction
7.4 Control for energy use
7.5 Control for comfort
7.6 Control for safety

8 Tablet and touch screen displays
8.1 Introduction
8.2 Understanding how the space will be used
8.3 Personal or business use
8.4 Desktop touch screens
8.5 Tablets and smartphones

9 Emergency and standby lighting
9.1 Introduction
9.2 Siting of essential lighting: initial design
9.3 Additional escape lighting
9.4 High risk task areas
9.5 Illumination of safety signs
9.6 Lighting levels for escape routes
9.7 Open spaces

10 Practical examples of design approaches
10.1 Introduction
10.2 Example 1: small to medium sized general purpose retail space
10.3 Example 2: bus station kiosk selling newspapers and confectionery
10.4 Example 3: warehouse style retail units
10.5 Example 4: fully glazed car showroom
10.6 Example 5: high street clothing store
10.7 Example 6: high street jewellers
10.8 Example 7: high street mobile phone store
10.9 Example 8: addition of a self-checkout area in a supermarket
10.10 Example 9: high street estate agent
10.11 Example 10: online purchase collection kiosk

References and bibliography


Author: Simon Robinson (WSP)