Supermarket lighting guide

Supermarket lighting guide-TIECO

It is no secret that the layout of a supermarket influences purchasing decisions. Where products are placed often (unconsciously) determines what lands in a shopping cart. The icing on the cake? Combining this with the right lighting.

Improve general lighting

The right light welcomes a customer from a distance. “Light should direct and guide a shopper through a store. Perfectly staged sales areas can then increase buying pleasure and sales success,Good lighting means a customer will stay in a shop longer and potentially purchase more.

Today, LEDs offer more sophisticated possibilities, these include dark and bright contrasts that create a more interesting and dynamic environment. What is crucial is that visual attention is always directed towards the goods. Vertical direct lighting from shelving, that points light exactly where it is needed, is a good option.

Preserve fresh goods

LEDs can play an essential role here. The technology is particularly advantageous for meat products, but also for other UV-sensitive products. As LEDs only produce very low IR and UV radiation, they can spare food and packaging materials.

Increase shoppers’ appetite using color

Customers tend to judge the freshness and quality of the products they are buying according to their color. That’s why lighting solutions with very good color reproduction are needed.

Through the use of light colors specifically adapted to the product group, fresh products such as fruit, vegetables, bread, cheese and meat can be optimally presented. Color emphasizes the quality of the products and makes them particularly attractive to customers.

Reduce costs

As well as boosting sales, the right lighting can also save money. After fridges and freezers, lighting is the second biggest financial outgoing for supermarkets, cutting these costs means big savings. LEDs not only mean reduced energy consumption, but also fewer maintenance costs.”

Lighting should be an integral part of a shop concept, and form part of the planning right from the outset. And as possibilities increase and competitors get more creative – now is the time to add new items to your shopping cart.

Lighting for retail shops

Lighting for retail shops-TIECOCredibility and authenticity are core elements of successful brands. When it comes to clothing, shoes, sports goods and jewelry, in particular, realistic but also emotional staging is essential. This requires lighting solutions with very good color rendering. Inviting feel-good lighting in stores encourages your customers to stay longer.

Clearly defined colors, fashionable design and an impressive high-quality appearance – the esthetics of the products decides their acceptance. An appealing presentation is naturally important to achieve this in the fashion and beauty segments. It should reflect the daylight as closely as possible through excellent color rendering.

The concept sets the scene

It is really important to determine how the different areas of a store should be illuminated. This includes the facade, the entrance area, the shop window and the interior of the shop. It is essential to know where light is needed and for what purpose in the store: at sales points, over counters, at the check-out, in changing rooms, on mirrors, in relaxation areas, etc. The right light draws your customers’ attention and influences their buying patterns. Light emphasizes products and bathes them in appealing colors. It presents the shop and creates a pleasant atmosphere. Modern sales-focused lighting presents products to their best advantage.

Optimizing costs

Light is a critical cost factor in terms of power consumption owing to continuous operation, permanent night lighting as well as intensive lighting during the day. A flexible combination of planar ceiling lighting and individual spots creates a pleasant sales atmosphere, while the right mix also optimizes your power consumption.

6+ Office Lighting Tips for a Better Office

6+ Office Lighting Tips for a Better Office-TIECOOffice spaces are a place for productivity and concentration. Since the lighting in an office can, and does, play such a big role in how much output can be created in any given day; it’s crucial to invest time and even money into getting right. To start you off in the right direction, we’ve created this list of 6+ office lighting tips that will lead you in the right direction of how and where to go next in terms of ensuring your office lighting system is up to par and not affecting your employees work output.  

1.Remove flickering lights

If you’ve ever been under a light which is flickering, you know how annoying and distracting it can be. Not only does it distract us, even on a subconscious level, it can cause eye strain. Over time, this can lead to a lack of focus, work quality, and output. All of which, we do not want. Note: to remove flickering from ever occurring in your lighting system, convert to reputable LED light fixtures. Since LEDs are built in a different way, they are never susceptible to flickering and thus rids this issue entirely.  

2.Remove buzzing lights

Just like flickering lights, buzzing can be almost equally as distracting. Although they won’t cause eye strain, they certainly cause irritability. Which also, can lead to less-than-desired work outputs. This too can be removed entirely from happening with LED technology as well!  


Having the ability to dim the light to the perfect light output can be a great way to match what tasks are being done. For example, if there is a brainstorming session (which involves creativity) it may be better for a darker environment. If there is daily work going on, it might be better to keep them at normal levels to prevent people from getting tired due to lack of light and thus, messing with circadian rhythm (our natural sleep clock). 

4.Preventing sleepiness with lighting

Like briefly discussed above, lighting can play a huge role in how our natural sleep clock (circadian rhythm) responds to our environment. If for example, the body thinks the “sun” is no longer up due to low light and no blue light within our lighting system, we will get tired. So ensuring proper light output and blue light levels are in the office will greatly help workers stop feeling tired during the day. We suggest that to get this near perfect, try to replicate sunlight. While daylight may be near a color temperature of 5600k, we don’t need to quite match this. A level between 5000k to 6000k will do fine for an office environment to prevent sleepiness.  

5.The more natural light = better office spaces

Exposure to non-artificial light (aka, natural light from the sun) is known to improve workplace performance and productivity. The fact that this is true is great because not only will our work output and health improve, but the buildings energy consumption can go down alongside installing roof windows as there will be less reliance on artificial light fixtures to illuminate the space.  

6.Following regulations & laws

While we always suggest you talk to a professional regarding the laws and regulations pertaining to your lighting, it’s good to be aware that there are regulations out there regarding office and workplace lighting. 

10 tips for hotel lighting

10 tips for hotel lighting-TIECO

1. Ask a light planner

The lighting layout and design is often left to electrical engineers, meaning style isn’t always at the forefront of plans. Having a light planner define the appearance of lighting – especially in public areas – is essential to avoid negative first impressions.

2.Adapt lighting to change hotel layouts

The traditional format of a separate foyer, restaurant, bar and check-in area is increasingly being replaced by free-flowing spaces where different functions take place in one room. Lighting therefore needs to be adjustable in order to fit the changing primary use of the space throughout the day.

3.Maintain your concept

There’s a fine line between standing out and looking out of place. Statement lamps can create a great focal point for guests; however, it is important that they fit the overall design concept of a hotel. This applies to hotel rooms and public areas alike. As well as being a design feature in themselves, lamps should also be used to highlight architectural or decorative aspects that give a hotel its individual flair or define its concept.

4.Make sure all areas have good lighting

As they form an important part of the journey from the foyer to the rooms, they should link the different areas of the hotel in a way that reflects the atmosphere experienced elsewhere. Whilst sufficient lighting is required to aid orientation, there shouldn’t be great differences in the temperature of lighting as you pass through different spaces.

5.Keep room lighting flexible

One room, a multitude of purposes. Hotel room lighting needs to be bright enough to work, but also cozy enough to relax. It is therefore important that guests have sufficient fittings.

6.Don’t make it complicated

Ever spent ages trying to find the bathroom light switch in a hotel room? Annoying, isn’t it? Lighting systems that are not intuitive for guests to use should be avoided. When it comes to rooms, systems that use tablets and phones are being introduced to help guests manage everything from room service to lighting. Guests often don’t even need to download an app: they can simply scan a QR code and access all lighting controls from their devices. Again, usability is key.

7.Invest in quality

Quantity needs quality. Think how many guests pass through a hotel every day, every week, every year. The result is an extensive use of light fittings, particularly when it comes to hotel rooms where guests control the lighting themselves.

8.Provide lighting for diverse events

Hotels can provide the setting for diverse events, from business meetings to weddings. As people are unlikely to want to celebrate the best day of their life in a venue that reminds them of work, the best thing to do is to provide options. From a wide choice of colors to adjustable dimmers – guests need to be able to light the room to fit their needs. If holding a room viewing, ensure the right light for the event being considered is in place. Pre-defined settings for different functions can save time, enabling a quick switch from “evening reception” to “conference” for example.

9.Bring back natural light

Gone are the days of hotel conferences with no daylight to be seen. In the past, rooms without windows (and therefore without natural light) were often regarded as highly useful for work events – reducing potential glare from the sun and maximizing wall space for projections for example. Nowadays however, no daylight equals no booking, meaning where possible, natural light should always be incorporated into plans.

10.Think efficiency, think LEDs

No discussion: when it comes to lamps, LEDs are now the number one choice for hotels. The energy benefits are clear, so as prices drop, more and more hotels are replacing existing lamps with LEDs.


How to light your office the right way

The key to business success could be right in front of your eyes! Did you know office lighting influences the concentration and health of employees, as well as mood and motivation? The right lighting can also lead to significant energy and cost savings.

We take a closer look at the EN 12464-1 standard for office lighting to discover the stipulated color rendering index for working environments, the minimum illuminance level required for different parts of the office and how best to use lighting to make an office feel spacious. We also reveal the importance of desk lamps for specific tasks and ways to avoid glare.

Check out our infographic to gain some essential professional insights into office lighting.

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Hospitality lighting

Hospitality lighting-TIECO

The hotel and hospitality trade relies on inviting light as an essential design element from the very first moment for creating a welcoming atmosphere. Innovative lighting concepts can also contribute decisively to offering your staff optimum working conditions and reducing energy costs: the savings potential can often be as much as 30 percent.

Well-being versus cost pressure: modern LED technology is being relied upon increasingly by hoteliers and the catering trade as a means of creating an inviting and pleasant atmosphere for guests and reducing power consumption at the same time. An atmospheric yet energy-efficient interior design can be created with our LED lighting solutions, which combine warm, ambient light with a long lifetime and extremely low energy costs.

Rapid payback thanks to rapidly falling electricity costs

A further example also demonstrates the efficiency of downlights with modern LED technology: electricity and maintenance costs can thus be reduced by up to 54 percent in a corridor with 20 luminaires. This also applies for LED solutions in outdoor areas, which are practically maintenance-free in comparison with halogen floodlights with up to 1,500 watts and also use up to 90 percent less energy compared to a luminaire featuring conventional technology.

Intelligent light management systems for versatile demands

Conference areas in hotels, for example, have special requirements with respect to light: different light is required for creative brainstorming than for concentrated working. Whether for general lighting or for color effects, all requirements can be fulfilled with a smart light management system and additional sensors.

Author: Julia Morosow

4 Ways to Improve Home Office Lighting

1) Measure Out the Amounts of Natural and Artificial Light

Given that you might be spending long hours in your home office, you will need to install adequate lighting that promotes productivity while preserving the health of your eyes. In fact, light can change in as little as a few hours during the course of a given day, so it is essential to increase the number of light sources to vary their use according to the hour of the day and the desired working conditions.

To complement natural luminosity in your home office, you should set up at least two desk luminaries rather than decorative pieces. You might also install a ceiling fixture that shines uniform lighting throughout the space. Make sure that the lamps you select are equipped with a swivel arm and a rotating head piece.

If the number of lamps in a work space is important, so is their positioning, their alignment and the quality of light they emit. These elements may vary, more or less, based on various criteria such as the type of work you accomplish, the interior design, and of course, your own preferences.

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2) Define the Alignment of your Luminous Flux

Are you right- or left-handed? It may seem like an insipid question, but this factor is critical to the positioning of your lamp in the home office space. If you are right-handed, you should place the lamp on your left to limit the shaded areas when you are writing. The situation will be reversed for a left-handed person. Aim the light beam towards the middle of the work space without it crossing over into your visual field. If you work on a computer, set up a low intensity lamp close to the side or the back of the device to avoid straining your eyes. Your ceiling fixture should disperse light throughout the space, and it should be evenly distributed.

In each case, make sure to avoid direct glare; keep the luminous flux away from your field of vision. In addition, steer clear of indirect glare caused by light reflecting on a lacquered or polished surface; choose matte finishes for optimal lighting and comfort.

3) Select the Appropriate Light Bulb

Select bulbs that may suit incandescent, halogen, fluorescent or eve LED luminaries. In the case of your home office lighting, a good quality light bulb must keep glare to a minimum. Ideally, you should aim for warm, natural lighting that is not too white. The colour of a light source has a significant effect on a person’s visual well-being. Warm shades such as yellow and orange have a colour temperature below 3,300 K, while colder shades such as white or blue tend to raise the colour temperature above 5,300 K.

Generally speaking, intense lighting should contain cold shades while softer lighting should project warmer shades. As a precautionary measure, it is always best to install a fluorescent light bulb at least 30 cm (11.8’’) away from your body.

4) Adjust the Brightness Level

Brightness of a lighting system should be adapted to the type of work you do. For instance, precision work that involves attention to detail requires high intensity lighting. You will also need to avoid too great a divide between the degree of lighting on the work space and the environment (for example, a deep-coloured background offset by the brightness of your computer screen). Such a contrast will likely cause fatigue, as the eyes need to constantly adjust to varying levels of intensity.

Finally, we must consider the age factor. Unfortunately, a person’s eyesight tends to deteriorate with age. A 20-year old person needs less light than does a 50-year old person. So, you should factor in your age when you define your home office lighting.

Optimal productivity requires optimal work conditions. Your home office lighting should be geared to ensure the most favourable working environment.

From: Lighting Aplication Recommandations

7 Spatial Categories and their Lighting Requirements

The degree of luminosity required in a room depends on the tasks that will be carried out in that space: the higher the level of precision needed, the greater the intensity of light should be. However, when the activities that take place in a given space does not call for a high level of precision, there is no need to increase the luminosity. So, before selecting a particular lighting system for a designated space, make sure to examine the tasks that will be performed there.

The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) has designated seven degrees of luminosity based on the visual requirements needed to accomplish a designated task in each space. Following are the recommendations on the degrees of luminosity in foot-candles and in lumens for each of these seven choices.

Orientation and Simple Visual Tasks

In this category, visual accuracy is largely unimportant. The spaces are most often public; reading and visual inspection are rarely performed. High intensity lighting is not essential. In this group, we list hotel hallways, transition spaces between two areas as well as public spaces.7 Spatial Categories and their Lighting Requirements-TIECO


Common Visual Tasks

These are the spaces in which visual accuracy is important, because tasks are performed on a regular basis in commercial, industrial and residential spaces. Various types of lighting systems should be considered in order to diversify the light source according to the exactness of the task at hand. A high degree of luminosity should be used for tasks that feature critical components with very little contrast, or small sized elements such as those found in a clothing manufacturing facility.7 Spatial Categories and their Lighting Requirements-TIECO


Special Visual Tasks

For these tasks, good visual accuracy is critical, as they are highly technical and may, on occasion require particularly fine details and a very small or very low contrast. A localized source of lighting is recommended in proximity to the work station to ensure overall lighting of the spaces in which these specific tasks are performed. For example, space where fine jewelry is made or where works of art are in the process of being restored.

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From: Lighting Aplication Recommandations

Lighting in Grocery Stores

Imagine yourself wandering through the aisles of your local grocery store: admire the rich crimson tomatoes neatly spread out near the bright green heads of lettuce, stop to gaze at the neat rows of skewered meat, and finally delight in the lovely rows of pastry in the bakery department. All these delectable food items that excite your sense of taste also catch your eye with their bright colors. These days, the lighting in grocery stores is cleverly used to enhance the beauty of food, and attract the consumer’s attention to a particularly well displayed assortment of products. Lighting serves to make food appear as savory as it should. Following are a few tips regarding the selection of appropriate lighting that will bring your food selections into focus.

Greener Grocery Stores

Faced with the ever-increasing need to “Go Green” and “Promote Sustainability” through various programmers, many people feel that LED-based lighting technology is the preferred solution to harmonizing efficiency and sustainability. “Today, DEL lighting is no longer at the experimental stage; it’s a technology that has proved successful and offers a temperature colour of the highest quality: it enhances the value of a product and generates visual comfort that appeals to consumers”, explains Steven Fauteux, Director, Product Innovation at STANDARD.

The Right Colour for Each Food

The number of food items that deserve optimal presentation on today’s grocery shelves are growing by leaps and bounds, and it is critical that each one appear at its freshest to attract shoppers. For instance, tomatoes should dazzle with their bright red colouring; the variegated hues of yellow, wheat and brown need to enhance the assorted collection of bakery goods; the silvery tones and sparkling blue highlights of the fishmonger’s display ought to attract customers far and wide. It is vital that store owners take colour temperature and colour rendering into account when setting up their lighting systems.Learn more about various colour temperatures, their impact;

  1. Butcher’s Shop

When you want to highlight meats that you arrange in your butcher’s display cases, make sure the predominant colour is red; it makes the meat look so appetizing! Often, lighting systems in this department don’t offer a proper red tone. Showcase the true quality of your meat; select a light source with a good R9 rendering. Learn more about the CRI; Moreover, when you plan your lighting arrangement in the butcher’s shop or the fishmonger’s section, you need to install your light sources a fair distance from the meat and fish to avoid heat from these sources on the food items that might compromise the lifespan of the meat or fish.

  1. Fishmonger’s Display

Salmon and shrimp should be displayed in a warm-coloured setting to exhibit their pink hue, whereas white-fleshed fish as well as seafood look much more appetizing when displayed in a blueish light. We often find these two groups of fish in a single area, but their divergent lighting coverage is not necessarily contradictory as warm and cold colours do harmonize quite adequately. However, in cases when it’s not possible to install two distinct sets of lights for the fishmonger’s department, we recommend a colour temperature of 4000K.

  1. Fruit and Vegetables

The colour of fruit and vegetables is far more appealing under natural light, closer to warmer shades. We recommend a colour temperature of 3000 K.

  1. Bakery

Warm colours such as yellow, brown and shades of orange of bread can be enhanced under a warmer glow, thus making the baked good look quite appetizing!

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From: Lighting Aplication Recommandations

Lighting in Hotels

When thinking of lighting in a hotel, we should take into consideration the diversity of events that take place in a given space, be it a daytime conference or an evening wedding. Indeed, hotels now have a wide range of assorted facilities to manage: reception hall, restaurants, and corridors, hallways, guest rooms, and meeting spaces as well as service areas and recreation areas. It is critical to be able to adjust lighting, to change the colour of a space, and its ambiance from bright and lively to warm and inviting as some of these facilities operate 24/7, and the operating costs adds up quickly.

The following is a lighting guide to assist you in lighting up all hotels areas appropriately:

Lobby and Reception
Lobbies and reception areas are the two spaces in which hotels welcome their guests for the first time: Make them stand out. In these areas, a hotel has the opportunity to express its uniqueness as a brand through its architecture, its design, and ambiance. It is essential to incorporate flexible and controlled lighting options to create a specific atmosphere.
Because of their seamless sophistication, flexibility and beam distribution, downlights and traditional recessed fixtures are some of the most popular lighting choices for many hotel reception areas.Lighting in Hotels-TIECO

Restaurants and Conference Rooms
An unmistakable, distinctive concept and design are particularly important aspects in the dining and entertainment areas: Lighting must emphasize the authenticity of the event, be it traditional, cool or exotic. Lighting has to serve a wide range of purposes.
Downlights, ceiling mount luminaires, panels and slim bar lines help provide a variety of light sources.Lighting in Hotels-TIECO

These spaces are leading guests to their rooms. Adjusted lighting can reduce the “tunnel effect” and make the route more inviting and as well as safe for guests. In addition, hotel owners must respect strict emergency lighting regulations. Finally, hotel staff spends a great deal of time in these areas, so adjusting lighting levels for their comfort and to facilitate working efficiency are also important factors.
Downlights and ceiling mount luminaires can improve light levels while maintaining an inviting look.Lighting in Hotels-TIECO

Guest Rooms
A hotel room is no longer just a room to sleep in, it has now multiple functions: it’s also a place where we eat, work, and relax. The lighting layout needs to reflect the variety of uses and provide the correct light levels to meet all those functions. That is why it is important to include the 3 Basics Types of Lighting in guest rooms.Lighting in Hotels-TIECO

From: Lighting Aplication Recommandations