Architectural design defines spaces and buildings which have shapes able to identify the historical period, the cultural environment and the mark of the designer. This combination of signs and meanings can take on different aspects under changing natural light and during the night thanks to expert use of artificial light, called: architectural lighting.
The aim of architectural lighting is to use light to emphasise the important features of the building and its urban setting, supporting its historic, artistic and social value.Different places and situations are also handled in architectural lighting in such a way as to create safe conditions for the people there and to promote the image of the city for tourists and residents.
Architectural lighting needs specific products such as ground- and floor-recessed luminaires, outdoor floodlights which create comfortable lighting conditions that are suitable for safety, at the same time withstanding bad weather and vandalism.
For appropriate lighting, the luminaires must have optics, reflectors and lenses which produce a wide range of lighting effects: from very focused beams of light for small objects or lighting details, to wall washer lighting effects for evenly lighting walls and vertical display surfaces.
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