When you walk into some restaurants, office courtyards or hotel gardens, you experience a positive physical and psychological reaction. You might not identify why you feel that way, but almost always this feeling comes down to the efforts put into the lighting design. Here’s how the right lighting can transform any space.


What is lighting design?

All spaces are lit to enable enough visibility for movement and any required functions within it, i.e. a high street will be brightly lit late at night, whereas a cocktail bar will be much dimmer. 

However, lighting can also have a significant impact on the environment, functionality, and energy efficiency of any given space. This is down to good lighting design, whereby an architect or designer encourages the lighting to define the space, rather than just exist within it.

What does lighting design entail?

Experienced lighting designers and architects will consider many things aside from the basic function of the room, including:

  • Key design elements (such as water features or artwork) that should be highlighted.
  • The psychological impact of the lighting design (an open flame torch will have a different impact than a white LED, for example).
  • The multiple tasks and functions of people within the space (i.e. you would need less lighting dotted around a hotel garden, where people are walking, than you would a hotel patio, where drinks are being served).

The three main types of lighting

  • Task lighting 

A direct source of light with a sole purpose of lighting up a localised area, such as an outdoor wall lamp that illuminates a doorway at night or a picture light which illuminates a painting.

  • Ambient lighting

The main source of lighting for most spaces, which softens shadows and glares. As the name suggests, this creates the ambience or mood of the space and is potentially the most complicated task for a lighting designer.

  • Floodlighting

A broad light that illuminates larger spaces. This is often the type of lighting that improves visibility for exterior spaces a night – large column lamps in the street or lanterns along a driveway are two good examples.

How William Sugg lighting can transform your space

We have over 170 years of experience creating the best bespoke lighting fixtures and products in the industry. Our catalogue varies from traditional cast column street lighting to custom-made ambient flambeau lights. Our work can be seen at some of the most recognisable places in the world, but we treat every project with the care and attention that it needs to shine.

Our craftspeople love collaborating on larger projects with architects and designers. It’s our belief that every project could benefit from the heritage bespoke lighting we create. Lighting is about much more than functionality. It needs to embrace and become a part of the space in order to transform it in the dark.