Lighting Historic Buildings

Last modified: 16th May 2016

The aim of illuminating a building is to recall the entirety of what you are looking at as if it is in daylight. Of course, a great benefit of using flexible lighting is that you can change the entire feel of a building by using a slightly different angle of light, or a different colour wash. You can enhance and expose details of a building by plays of light and shadow. But when it comes to historical buildings, what guidelines and products do you need to be aware of?


Lighting Historic Buildings

A lot of historic buildings and monuments can be enhanced with striking external lighting, which truly add to the character of the space. However, it’s important to realise that this can at times highlight flaws and views of the structure that may need to remain hidden. Historic England has a great document on the external lighting of historic buildings and the considerations to bear in mind when developing lighting schemes.


What is your objective to externally lighting the building?

‘Because it looks good’ is not always enough of a reason to pop some lighting on a structure. Think of the bigger picture and how it won’t just improve the observation of the building. Will it improve safety at night if the area is well lit? Will it highlight key elements of the building that will add to its significance to the social environment? Might the lighting itself be an attraction that draws in extra visitors (if that is what you want)? Can the lighting allow the building to be used for new purposes such as concerts or other events?


What kind of lighting will I need?

Our highly efficient and flexible light-emitting diode (LED) fittings are the most suitable for architectural lighting design. LEDs come in a variety of colours, from RGBW, which offers an almost unlimited mix of colours, to the simplicity of Pure White, all with a variety of beam angles. The colours and lighting can be controlled by a DMX device, meaning your lighting designs will be very easy to install, control and change as requirements develop over time. The Anolis ArcPad 48 LED Colour Changing 60W Floodlight has a great range of rich and saturated colours alongside a full range of white light for wall-washing and spot lighting. For very large structures, the Anolis ArcPad Extreme LED Colour Changing 580W Floodlight comes out on top. The device can be angled between -5º and 95º, and is perfect for use outdoors. The 188 high power LEDs are densely populated, providing an extremely bright and even light output.


If you’d like to discuss any LED lighting requirements, including for architectural lighting, then contact us today. We are keen that people appreciate all the possibilities offered by LED lighting and the importance of buying quality lighting from a quality supplier, to ensure customers always get the best lighting experience available.