LEDs provide a highly efficient and long-lasting source of light. When multiple LEDs are packaged together in a long, narrow housing, they create a strip of light otherwise known as linear lighting. This relatively simple design concept has revolutionised the way LEDs are used in lighting applications.
Linear lighting can completely transform the feel of a space and features significantly in contemporary architecture.
Suspended linear lighting incorporates a light fixture that hangs from the ceiling, usually suspended by cords or chains. This type of fixture provides a clean, continuous, linear profile of light, creating a contemporary feel for a range of applications.
Suspended linear lighting can be mounted in a variety of styles, lengths and combinations to enhance architectural interest or complement the chosen space. Suspension lighting is particularly suited to spaces with a generous ceiling height.
Similarly, they can be used to create stunning accent lighting. From illuminating a stairway or atrium to showcasing a reception desk, suspended linear lighting is used to make a statement in a variety of spaces.
Traditionally, suspended linear profiles are straight. However, they can also be shaped to create curved profiles. Although subtler, straight profiles can be equally eye-catching, particularly when installed in dramatic, geometric designs.
In open plan spaces, curved profiles are particularly effective and can be used to create a sense of movement through a space. Similarly, circular profiles are often used to divide a space into different areas.
Imagine an LED linear ring suspended lower than the surrounding lighting. This application can create a sense of focus in particular areas and is extremely effective when installed in museums or galleries to highlight exhibits for example.
Recessed lighting is installed in a hollow opening in a surface, such as a ceiling or wall. This type of linear LED can be used to create clean, invisible lines or shapes of light that blend seamlessly into the ceiling and wall surfaces of a space to become a part of its fabric.
Recessed lighting can have a powerful impact and often transforms a space, adding the wow factor to contemporary architectural design. Increasingly popular in the workplace, recessed linear LED lighting requires thoughtful design.
While suspended lighting offers flexibility and relative ease of installation and application, effective recessed lighting schemes are the result of an intricate design process. As such, recessed lighting is often most suitable for installation in new builds, fit-outs or refurbishment projects, where the lighting scheme can be integral to the overall design process from the initial concept through to completion.
Surface LED linear lights are mounted on walls and ceilings. The installation process is often straightforward and the lighting is frequently used in retrofit projects. Traditionally given the reputation of being somewhat utilitarian in design, today’s surface lighting provides much more than a practical solution.
While surface lighting is the ideal choice for low and vaulted ceilings and can be used effectively to light circulation areas, staircases and spaces with restricted access, thanks to developments and enhancements in both design and technology, unique and striking designs can still be created using surface linear LED lighting.
Surface mounted linear lighting can be used effectively to enhance architectural features and can be integrated with joinery details to add interest to a range of different spaces.
While wall mounted lighting may be the only option for illuminating certain spaces in some listed buildings for example, it is becoming an increasingly popular first choice in a range of contemporary commercial interiors.
Surface mounted lights are frequently used in office environments. For example, surface linear lights can be installed between wooden slats to create a calmer environment for break-out and informal meeting areas.
Linear lighting designs are not restricted to single luminaires. Many suspended, recessed and surface light products can be linked together to create modular lighting designs. From subtle to standout designs, whether bold or slim lines, modular linear lighting can be used to create schemes to suit any space.
Depending on the application, an effective alternative to linear lighting may be strip lighting.
LED strips are flexible and can be purchased by the length. This allows the user to buy the length of strip required for the application. While linear lighting can of course be linked, individual linear luminaires are usually sold in predetermined lengths.
While both are easy to install, the flexibility of LED strips means they are particularly effective for use in hard to reach and peculiarly-shaped areas. Learn more about choosing and installing strip lighting in our guide.
LED light strips however usually have exposed circuits and wiring. This can render them less suitable for visible applications, unlike linear lights which tend to be housed in sleek fixtures.
Both linear and strip lights are suitable for use in a range of directional applications, offering style and functionality for any lighting design.
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