When we think of retail, we usually think of shops on the High Street. We might also think of online but that’s just shopping. If you are looking for a large item and want to try it out, you will go to one of the large, often out of town, stores.
These are large spaces, often with high ceilings, sometimes with roof lights. Conventional spotlights or under-shelf lighting just won’t do because they don’t have sufficient light output. The challenge is to light a large space, to a decent level of illumination, and still make it attractive.
One of the first things to do is look at the ceiling. If it is fairly pale in colour, you can use luminaires which emit a significant amount of upward light. This will reflect off the ceiling and make the space look open and airy.
Often as not, the ceiling is painted matt black or dark blue in order to hide the services. In this case, you need all the light to be directed downwards.
Walls are rarely visible in these areas because they are covered in shelving. This also means you need good vertical illumination. Always check this before finalising your scheme.
These spaces are often split level so some may be >8m from floor to ceiling whereas some areas might be scarcely 2.4m. Making sure that illumination levels and CCTs are similar is one way, but may not be easy.
The views shown in the renderings measure about 20m x 15m (overall) with an 8m ceiling. The mezzanine area is 20m x 5m.