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Community

Community – light for public buildings

Indoor and outdoor lighting for public transportation buildings, conference- and event buildings, educational establishments, libraries and parliaments

What binds our society together, allows it to function and makes it worth living? Not least the communal buildings in which people as visitors, citizens or politicians move, gather and exchange information. Buildings for public administration, educational facilities, theater, congress centers, railway stations and airports: their architecture, equipment and condition reflect the needs and reality of a society. Creating new features or maintaining existing structures provides both opportunities and responsibilities for planners and designers. Care and quality in all planning aspects are decisive. Light assumes much more than just functional tasks – it also determines the character and representative symbolic force of public buildings.

Which tasks does light adopt in public buildings?

Thinking in lighting functions

Lighting functions serve as a theoretical model for flexibly responding to highly diverse uses and architectural situations for the lighting of public buildings, and for modularly combining lighting solutions and scaling these according to needs.

Lighting functions serve as a theoretical model for flexibly responding to highly diverse uses and architectural situations for the lighting of public buildings, and for modularly combining lighting solutions and scaling these according to needs.

Illuminating public buildings needs to fulfil a wide variety of needs: the spatial plan and design aspects, together with the financial framework conditions, form the basis for the lighting concept.
The range of tasks can include a variety of nuanced architectural situations beginning with the facade and lighting of the entrance zone and foyer, circulation zones such as stairs and corridors and multifunctional rooms and peripheral areas required for management, workshops and archives. A theoretical model of lighting functions helps to evaluate the quality of lighting not just according to purely quantitative criteria such as illuminance. it also places the use of a spatial situation in focus. This form of zoning allows individual tasks to be identified: should an area receive visitors, represent particular elements and values, provide orientation, guide through the building or provide space for specific events? At the start of each lighting project it makes sense for lighting designers to ask the following three questions for each required functional area:

  1. Which architectural and functional importance does the room or spatial zone have?
  2. Which tasks in the building can be implemented with lighting to provide all users with a positive, identity-enhancing experience?
  3. Which individual lighting strategy and methods of lighting are suitable as the basis for lighting design?

A comparison of two design approaches

Can office lighting be attractive and cost-efficient at the same time?

Qualitative lighting design for offices

Zonal lighting analyses where the user needs which light: luminaires with good glare control and simultaneously high cylindrical illuminances, light the workstations, enable good visual comfort and achieve good, pleasant facial illumination. Illuminated vertical surfaces ensure a bright spatial impression and balanced contrast conditions for work on screens. Illumination of the circulation zone in the central aisle allows pleasant orientation.

Conventional lighting design for offices

A matrix solution with panel lights does not reference the visual task of the user. Differing forms of work are supported with the same lighting. This is therefore not optimally matched to the needs of all users, and losses in terms of ambience and concentration must be expected. Furthermore, the low-contrast and undefined appearance of the room may cause fatigue and energy needs for sufficient lighting also increase.

Find out more about the added value provided by a perception-orientated lighting in the ERCO case study for illuminating community rooms!!

Digital light for education, administration and transport

Economical lighting solutions with efficient visual comfort increase the acceptance of educational, administration and transport buildings among users and deliver better results for the operators in the long term. Airports, conference centres, entertainment facilities, authorities or libraries have complex usage patterns, accommodating crowds that must find their ways through the building quickly and easily. Be it luminaires with high levels of luminous flux for monumentally large buildings or perfectly glare-free light for concentrated work and communication zones: ERCO’s lighting tools offer an appropriate solution for many different lighting tasks. The diversity of ERCO projects around the world indicates the wide variety of lighting concepts for public architecture.

Worldwide ERCO projects in the sector Community

  • ERCO projects in the Light Scout
  • Projects illuminated by ERCO

ERCO beleuchtet weltweit über 8900 Gebäude aus dem Bildungs- und Verwaltungswesen sowie aus dem Konferenz- und Unterhaltungsbereich. Mit den professionellen Lichtwerkzeugen von ERCO entstehen nachhaltige Lichtlösungen für ein optimales Umfeld für Bildung und Unterhaltung.

Suitable lighting tools

ERCO’s range of luminaires offers solutions for diverse applications in public buildings. LED double-focus downlights facilitate effective lighting solutions to produce an optimal environment in high rooms.
Downlights in rooms of normal height add efficient ambient lighting under quantitative criteria. Lens systems with excellent glare control allow applications from hallways through to workstations. Thanks to ERCO’s Spherolit technology, wallwashers are a central component of any lighting design. Illuminated vertical surfaces optimize the impression of brightness in the room and define boundaries for optimal orientation. In complex situations spotlights enhance the informative value of objects and structures through accentuation. In any case, maintenance-free, efficient photometrics enable the luminaires to be spaced far apart for maximum efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Thermal management, LED and control gear in ERCO luminaires are harmonized precisely to optimize their functional life. The low energy footprint of all ERCO luminaires reflects in their efficient operation and has a positive effect on the operating costs for ventilation and air conditioning.

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