4 Ways to Update Library Lighting with EarthTronics
Modern libraries of today are viewed as anchors, centers for academic life and research, and cherished spaces – according to the American Library Association. Once considered a walk in & walk out space to browse and rent books, libraries are now serving as social hubs for communities. They are a place to learn, discuss, debate, research, and grow together as a cultural neighborhood. As libraries across the country transform and revolutionize, so should their lighting designs! Here are four ways to update the lighting at your library facility.
Integrate Natural Light
The use of natural light, or daylighting, helps create an ambiance and a natural visual comfort. This provides glare-free illumination and inherent energy savings. Natural light has several benefits including improved concentration and emotional well-being and you can learn more about the basics principals behind daylighting design in libraries here.
Use Layered Lighting
In a large facility, like a library, lighting should be designed based on smaller sections, and layered for versatile use. Some examples of these include overhead troffers for general lighting, wall sconces near doorways, shelf sconces to light between rows as needed, and task lighting near desks. This approach can help create a more balanced look rather than focusing on any one type of fixture or light bulb. Incorporating user-friendly integrated controls with library lights develops greater versatility in enhancing the multi-function nature of this space.
Control the Color Temperature
Mixing color temperatures is part of a unique and layered lighting plan. Warmer lights which are closer to the yellow end of the color spectrum offer an inviting and relaxing output which is ideal for accent lighting. Cooler temperatures produce a bluish-white output which helps aid in concentration which makes it ideal for areas such as study rooms and general lighting.
Retrofit Lighting with LEDs from EarthTronics
LED technology is replacing older fluorescents as the go-to alternative due to their longer lifespan, reduced energy consumption, and no or low maintenance. Linear LED fixtures can provide directional lighting that highlights specific objects without emitting UV radiation that can damage the delicate material, like paper. They also maintain cooler temperatures, eliminating heat damage and emphasizing the natural beauty of books!
Lighting should complement the space itself and be built around the multiple ways patrons have come to use the modern-day library. Visual comfort and control are key, while energy optimization and cost reduction are increasingly top of mind. Look to EarthTronics for a wide array of flexible LED lighting solutions that appeal to facility managers, library staff and patrons alike. Whether you’re building a new library or managing a renovation, our LED lighting solutions can help you achieve the look, feel, and cost savings you’re looking for. Contact one of our customer service representatives today to learn more.