Integrative lighting as a concept has also transformed the way people look at the lighting of these constantly evolving spaces and has become a key component within a comprehensive sensory adventure.
Here are some keys to be taken into account under this new approach when it comes to lighting architectural spaces.
1. Light for users: residents and nomads
The huge spatial complexity of almost all types of buildings implies that both external and internal users coexist in the same place, or in other words: resident and nomad users.
- Resident users: users who constantly use the space doing cyclic tasks. Since they stay in the space for prolonged periods of time, the way light impacts them is very important as it alters both their visual and physiological characteristics.
- Nomad users: users who occasionally use the space and whose user experience is more concentrated in time, although not less demanding. In addition to visual impact, the emotional impact of lighting significantly affects their user experience.
In each case, the type of user that will occupy a space as well as the duration must be taken into account in order to establish the most appropriate visual and non-visual lighting strategies, and better choose the type of technology most suitable for each case.
2. Contextualisation through lighting
Lighting is a link between the outdoor environment and the indoor experience. To figure out how to achieve continuity between the two, it is necessary to analyse preferences from a socio-cultural point of view, as well as to understand how indoor and outdoor space is used, and the weather conditions of its location:
- Hours of natural light;
- Variation in conditions between seasons;
A clear example of this is a Yoga Centre where Lamp installed a dynamic lighting system. In this case, lighting was conceived as a transitional element that accompanies the user from the noisy and busy outdoors, to an indoor space with the perfect atmosphere for practising yoga.