If you step into a building, it’s become standard practice for you to wait in the lobby. Here, you’re able to take a step back and get a proper look at the internal structures of the building. And at the same time, you also get a solid first impression of what that building might look like.
Lobbies generally serve multiple purposes. And as you can imagine, they are a critical part of any building’s structure. That said, if you’re looking to solidify that first impression and blow your guests away, having a stunning lobby design is one of the ways to achieve that.
This is where LEDs can come in. By providing a proper focal point and centerpiece for your lobby, LEDs can significantly boost the design of the space and make it easier for you to create that solid first impression. In this article, we’ll explain how.
Why Your Building Needs A Killer Lobby Design
Lobbies have always been an important part of any building and its design. And it’s easy to see why – when you have a building, the first place that anyone who comes in gets to see is the lobby. In most cases, people will even be mandated to stay in the lobby for a while before they’re allowed to move forward. This means that they will have enough time to see what it looks like.
As a result of this, a lobby needs to look and feel welcoming. If you’re looking to impress a guest, then your work starts from here because it is where they will see first. And you can’t make an impression on them if they don’t feel awed by the design of your lobby from the start.
Sure, the rest of the building might look great. But, as they say, first impressions last longer. And if a person gets into your building and doesn’t get a good first impression from the way your lobby looks, then your chances of making a solid first impression will drop significantly.
LED Lighting & Its Advantages
So, we have a proper understanding of why you need to invest in a solid lobby design. Now, let’s examine the main component – an LED centerpiece.
First off, what is LED technology? Short for the “Light Emitting Diode,” an LED is a semiconductor device that immediately lights up when it comes in contact with electricity. This technology is an innovation over traditional incandescent bulbs, which make use of filaments to produce the light that you need.
The primary component of an LED is a semiconductor material. These materials usually come in the form of elements that belong to either Group III or Group IV on the periodic table – remember that? So, we’re talking about elements like phosphorus and gallium.
When the semiconductor material gets a jolt of electric current, the electrons within it start to move. This movement leads to the development of what we call electron holes, where the components recombine. Immediately, we see the release of photons – or energy.
In most cases, you will find that the color of the light that you get will depend on two things – the difference in energy between the hole and the electron, and the materials that are used in the semiconductor itself.
All in all, LEDs are perfect for several reasons. They are efficient, emitting light in a particular direction without the need for additional components like diffusers and reflectors. Just as well, you can rest assured that a centerpiece LED will be able to last long, with optimal durability. And, when you consider the fact that these LEDs emit light immediately when they come in contact with electricity, you’ll find that they are also quite effective.
Planning & Design For LED Lighting In Lobbies
At this point, we’re all caught up. LEDs are easily the most effective way for you to optimize the beauty of your lobby design, and you can achieve so much with a LED centerpiece.
Now, let’s look into how best to work this out. How exactly do you plan and design to get a centerpiece LED into your lobby in a way that impresses your guests?
The First Thing Is Understanding
Before actually implementing the design, you must understand what you’re trying to do here. Sure, the aesthetic appeal is the primary reason why you’re putting up the LED in your lobby – but, you also need to have a handle on what you need it to do.
What Are The Natural Light Fixtures?
While LEDs are a form of artificial light, you need to remember that natural light is also around us. And, you can gain a lot by taking advantage of it. Examine how much natural light comes into your lobby at different times of the day, and look into how you can implement it to complement the work of the LEDs.
Set The Lighting Zones
Depending on the size of the lobby, break it down into different zones based on your design and functionality requirements. This way, you can hypothetically implement a specific lighting fixture for a specific area.
Determine Your Required Temperatures
First off, you need to know the right color temperature that you want to achieve with your LEDs. Next, you also need to look into the Color Rendering Index (CRI). Getting this metric right will ensure that your LEDs accurately represent color.
Consider The Maintenance Requirements
We always recommend using a lobby screen that you can maintain. Nothing frustrates you like having something that requires more maintenance over time, so be sure to consider the maintenance requirements for your lobby screen before moving on.
Customizing Your Lobby Design With LEDs
At this point, you might be wondering whether you can take your existing lobby and transform it with LEDs. Fortunately for you, it’s possible. There are so many LED components that can help you to improve the overall look and feel of your lobby, and this means that you have a lot of options to choose from.
Here are a few insights that might help you out if you’re looking to get some inspiration:
Draw Attention With Accent Lighting
If you already have things like artwork and architectural fixtures in your lobby, then accent lighting can help you to highlight them. These focal points need a bit of a pop, and accent lighting can significantly help you to make them stand out from everything else in the lobby.
Use Different Colors To Add Flexibility
Today, there are color-changing LEDs that can become part of your centerpiece LED setup. If you want to add a bit of versatility to the lobby, these can come in very handy. As long as you’re able to seamlessly adjust colors and designs, you will be able to create an LED system that suits different moods, events, etc.
Choose Personalized LEDs For Your Needs
We will also recommend that you move into customized LED fixtures that help you to seamlessly integrate into the lobby’s theme. If your lobby doesn’t have a theme yet, then you can create one and pretty much add a centerpiece LED that fits into it. Chandeliers, pendant lights, and other fixtures can be designed into custom designs and shapes, so take advantage of those.
Use Interactive Screens
If you choose to get a lobby screen with an LED, then an interactive LED screen might be something you want to invest in. These screens work because they don’t just let people look at them – your guests can interact with them and enjoy a more immersive experience.
Generally, interactive LED screens provide a much better way for you to improve the overall engagement of your guests. And in a world where the personal touch is even more important, these screens are more than critical.
As you would expect, traditional LED walls are also still in vogue. These walls allow you to show different forms of content – share artwork, post important messages, etc. Whether you want to engage your guests or share information with them, LED walls are an easy way for you to do that.
Digital Signage For The Win
For a more functional setting, digital signage easily makes more sense. A lobby screen can be used for digital signage, allowing you to show your brand or share important information like directions.
For this option, it is important to ensure that your signage is customized. You can personalize an LED-lit sign with your company logo, share critical information, or display any other form of content.
Add A Modern Touch With Smart Systems
Providing an additional layer of advancement, smart lighting systems help to infuse a sense of automation into your lighting systems. These systems improve both functionality and energy efficiency, so you can adjust the lighting settings while also expanding their lifespan.
Transform Your Floors With Interactive Components
If you have a large lobby, then you can blow your guests away with interactive LED floors. These floors respond to the movement of people, and they can add both a visually appealing and a functional edge to your lobby.
Add LED Lights To Your Art
Lobbies with art installations will benefit a great deal from LED strips and other lighting fixtures. These fixtures provide an artistic element to the entire environment, and as you can imagine, they look pretty cool as well.
Work With Professionals
We could talk about all the ways that LEDs improve the functionality and aesthetic appeal of your lobby – and there are so many ways. But, if you’d like even more ideas, you can always work with experts and professionals.
We at NSE LED Cloud will be more than happy to work with you on getting an LED centerpiece into your lobby, so feel free to reach out to us.
Considerations For LED Light Installation and Maintenance
With everything that’s been said, you also need to find how best to ensure that you make the most out of your LEDs.
Installation Considerations For Your LEDs
To start with, you need to make sure that the entire installation process is seamless and effective. For this to work, here are a few critical tips to keep in mind:
Ensure Compatibility With The Fixtures You Have
First and foremost, you need to make sure that your LEDs are compatible with the standing fixtures in your lobby. From the electrical infrastructure to the artwork and other fittings, it is important to ensure that the addition of these LEDs will be a net positive to the lobby.
Work Out A Heat Dissipation System
LEDs are generally known to only give off small amounts of heat. That said, you need to be aware of how much heat will be generated and come up with a plan that allows you to accommodate it.
The very last thing you want is for your guests to get uncomfortable while in your building. And while LEDs usually have little issues with heat, it’s always better safe than sorry.
Watch The Dimmer Switches
If you’re installing dimmer LEDs, then you need to make sure that your dimmer switches and your LED fixtures are also compatible. LEDs are notoriously finicky when it comes to dimmers, so keep this in mind.
Will The Environment Be Protected?
Everyone’s working with the environment in mind these days. So, make sure you also consider the potential impacts of your installation on the general lobby area. Your LEDs need to have the right Ingress Protection (IP) rating, so you can accommodate things like moisture.
Always Work With Professionals
If you’re handling a large, complex LED installation, then we would recommend having a qualified lighting professional to work on the project for you. They will be able to ensure that your setup is well done, so don’t compromise on this.
A Checklist For Maintaining Your LEDs
As we all know, LED technology is effective – but, your LED screens or lights will only work to the extent that you maintain them properly.
With that in mind, these notes will help to ensure that you can properly maintain your LEDs and get the most out of them:
Have A Cleaning Schedule In Place
Due to the location of your LEDs, there’s a significant chance that they will take up a lot of dust and grime. This is why you need to have them cleaned regularly. As dust accumulates on the LED surface, you need to ensure that it is taken out quickly.
Inspect Your LEDs For Faults
We will also recommend that you set an inspection schedule that allows you to check for signs of degradation and wear. The earlier you’re able to find these issues, the better you’re able to take care of them.
Got Any Faulty Components? Replace Them
If any components of your LEDs are faulty, then it will do you good to replace them quickly. Power supplies, LED chips, modules, etc can get damaged for any number of reasons. So, be proactive in replacing them as quickly as possible.
Beware Of Lumen Depreciation
You need to be aware of the phenomenon of lumen depreciation. Essentially, this is when LEDs lose small percentages of their brightness as time goes on. It might start small, but this depreciation eventually snowballs into something larger. So, have a plan to address this.
LED technology has become a mainstay for many building owners looking to transform their lobbies entirely. Whether it’s LED lighting or screens, this technology has become a transformative component that allows you to engage and also make an impression.
At NSE LED Cloud, we’re your partners in this. Reach out to us, and let us help you bring your lobby to life with LEDs.