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Lighting Layers for a Supermarket

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Imagine walking into a supermarket with a mental or physical grocery list only to discover the mart is dimly lit and you would need a flashlight to navigate your way through the aisles and clearly read the consumer information on products; we bet your review of the enterprise would not include a smiley. Getting the lighting system right is an integral part of designing and setting up a supermarket and, supermarket owners know this, which is why they ensure the stores are always well-lit enough to boost patronage and customer experience.

To light up a supermarket, you would have to understand what light to use to create excitement for each section of the space- bakery, seafood, wine, household supplies, gifts, etc.

This article focuses on four layers of lighting that are commonly used for supermarkets to create visual interest and make them more attractive. They are:

  • General Lighting
  • Accent Lighting
  • Task Lighting
  • Decorative Lighting

General Lighting

Otherwise called ambient lighting, general lighting refers to the main source of lighting in a space. This can be the focus of energy reduction and with minimum glare on the wares, it provides the store staff illumination for cleaning, restocking and customer movement. This lighting helps define products spaces, makes the trade space seem bigger and boosts the visual impacts of shelf displays.

Accent Lighting

Accent lighting adds contrast, depth and creates a focal point for wares to be displayed. It also highlights the best qualities of the displayed wares, drawing customers’ attention to them. To avoid unpleasant shadows, accent lights should be made more precise and of higher potency than the surrounding general lighting. As great as ample lighting is, there is such thing as too much light. To create significant visual effect and make the wares stand out, the recommended ratio of ambient light to accent light is 1:5.

Task Lighting

Task Lighting is used to provide focused and higher level of lighting to a particular section for a definite task. This type of lighting complements the general lighting and when effectively used, eliminates shadows on the illuminated area, while warding off glare from the light source and off surfaces. For effective illumination, the recommended ratio of general lighting to task lighting is 1:3; which makes activities like reading tags, labels and signs a lot easier. To reduce operating costs, energy efficient sources are advised.

Decorative Lighting

More than merely adding to the lighting layers in the supermarket, Decorative lighting improves the appearance of the space. They could include chandeliers, sconces, pendants, floor lamps, wall lamps and table lamps. Whatever decorative lighting decided on, should complement and make more appealing the interior of the store. In addition to its aesthetic purpose, they also inspire hospitality and comfort.

Also, the intensity of the lighting used for each section of the supermarket depends on the items displayed for sale. Some sections need more light intensity than others. For instance:

  • For meat, 2700K – 3500K (Warm white light)
  • For poultry and fish, 4500K – 5000K (Cool white light)
  • For fruits and vegetables, 2700K – 3000K (Warm white light)
  • For cheese, pastries and bread, 2700K – 3000K (Warm white light)
  • For wine, 2700K – 3000K (Warm light)
  • For kitchen, 3500K – 4500K (Cool light)

If you’re looking to shop lighting for a supermarket, let’s show you superior quality lighting fixtures designed to light up your store and enhance its appearance, at our showroom @ 30, Adeola Hopewell, Victoria Island, Lagos.

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