Step-By-Step Commercial Lighting Design Guide

Elevate commercial spaces with efficient LED lighting. Learn design tips and benefits for offices, warehouses, and manufacturing facilities.

Commercial lighting refers to a type of light that is specially used in commercial areas like schools, offices, hospitals, retail stores, hotels, storage facilities, and warehouses. Any type of light you see in public areas comes in the category of commercial lighting. 

Similarly, lights used in manufacturing industries are also called commercial lighting. So basically, there are different types of commercial lights used in different places. 

Today, Vorlane will guide you about commercial lighting and its influence in brightening up the space.

Role of LED Commercial Lighting 

The main aim of commercial lighting is to create a safe and efficient environment where people can easily work and collaborate with each other. A well-lit-up place guides people through the dark streets during the night. Lighting in public places is so effective and efficient. Therefore, if you have a business and you are considering commercial lights, then you need a whole plan for light setup. Commercial lighting brings so many benefits to the business and the people around it. 

  • Commercial light improves the productivity and efficiency of employees.
  • It helps both employees and employers work comfortably without any distraction
  • It also illuminates your place without wasting much power.

Choosing the Commercial Lightning Design and Key Points to Consider

Make sure that you always choose light fixtures depending on the light needs and effects you want in one space. Here we have some examples of light fixtures for different commercial uses:


You can use the following types of light fixtures in offices.

Recessed Troffers

The troffers fit perfectly in the ceilings and illuminate your space perfectly. They come in different sizes to fit in the ceilings.

Linear LED fixtures

LED lights save energy. Therefore, they are best for open places like offices, task areas, and corridors. You can install them either by using recessed, suspended, or surface-mounted methods.

Desk Lamps

The lamps provide enough light for one person on a table. They significantly enhance the productivity and comfort of employees.

You must consider the following things:

  • Choose light fixtures that produce soft light and are safe for the health of the eyes. As you can’t work in eye stabbing light.
  • Do not forget your office style and select light fixtures that go well with the design of your office.


You can use the following types of light fixtures in offices.

High Bay Lighting

These lights are best for brightening up areas that have high ceilings, like distribution centers and warehouses. You can use LED, UFO, and linear high bays for such areas. 

Low Bay Lighting

Areas like workstations and storage rooms have small walls, that’s why they need to be more bright. Low bay lights are perfect for such areas.

Emergency And Exit Lighting

Warehouses are sensitive places that need to deal with safety protocols. Emergency lights help the space to light up even during emergencies and power shortages.

You must consider the following things:

  • Select light fixtures that have a long life and consume less power. It saves you a lot of maintenance costs. 
  • Use automatic or motion sensor lights to save power consumption in busy areas. 

Manufacturing Facilities

You can use the following types of light fixtures in offices.

  • High Bay Lighting: Just like we mentioned before, these lights are suitable for illuminating areas with high ceilings.
  • Task Lighting: This particular light helps in areas where the manufacturer needs more bright light, like the assembly line and workstations. 
  • Indirect Lighting: These lights produce lights that do not hit directly. Instead, they provide a comfortable, brighter space where you can work easily.

You must consider the following things:

  • Check the environment of your facility and choose a fixture that has high durability and can withstand extreme temperatures, wind, water, and dust.
  • Make sure to choose energy-efficient lights while also maintaining visibility and safety.

Step-By-Step Commercial Lighting Design Installation Guide

Each light requires a different installation method. It also depends upon the type of light you choose and the design of your place. 

However, experts recommend that you always inspect the area, understand the needs of the client, and then move on to the installation process. Here, we have a method of installation in points.

Conducting Survey

Go to the site area and write down all the necessary details you may need for the light fixture installation. 

  • The dimensions of the room and the height of the ceilings
  • Current types of light fixtures and their placement
  • Any hurdles or design features that may come in the way of light
  • The location of the window and availability of natural light in the room
  • Electrical systems, like breaker panels and outlets
  • Protocols you need for more security

Discussing Goals 

Schedule a meeting with your client and talk about their personal preferences and needs. 

  • The well-being and productivity of employees in offices
  • Visibility and safety in manufacturing facilities and warehouses
  • Sustainability and energy saving goals.
  • Follow the codes of energy and local building
  • The need for maintenance and its cost.
  • Aesthetic preferences

Measure Challenges

Find out the challenges and issues you may face in the design of light.

  • Cost challenges
  • Local rules and regulations, like the maximum range of watts allowed in one meter.
  • Energy efficiency certifications, like Energy Star or LEED.
  • Compatibility with the current system of the building, like automation system or HVAC.

Accessing The Use Space

Thoroughly inspect the space and understand for which purpose your client needs light in the area.

  • Think about things like collaboration, efficiency, comfort, and focused work for office lighting.
  • Look for high-traffic, storage zones, and loading docks for warehouses
  • Check the location of equipment, machines, assembly line, and testing areas for manufacturing facilities
  • Evaluate traffic patterns of pedestrians and vehicles for security concerns in the parking areas.

Creating A Lighting Plan

Now you have all the information you need for the installation of light. Make a plan using the information and follow it.

  • The type of light fixture you’ll use and where you place it.
  • Control systems like dimmers, sensors, and timers.
  • Emergency lighting solutions.
  • Schedule for replacement and maintenance
  • Estimated consumption of energy and saving money.

Choose LED Commercial Lights Over Traditional Lighting Systems.

People think that LEDs are the best companion whenever it comes to choosing any light. Well, it would be safe to say that LEDs are everyone’s favorite due to the features it offers. The following features clearly answer your curiosity about why LEDs are better than other lights.

Energy Efficiency

LED lights consume less energy than halogen and fluorescent lights. You definitely need an energy-efficient solution for areas where you need light 24/7. LEDs have got you covered with their incredible energy-efficient features.

Durability And Lifespan

LEDs have the ability to produce light for a longer period of time than traditional lights. They do not fade away suddenly. LED lights take their time and disappear slowly. So you don’t have to deal with sudden replacement. When you see the light is fading, you can look for a replacement. 

Operational Robustness

LEDs have a smart working system. They use daylight sensors to provide bright light even in the presence of natural light.

Adaptive Control

LEDs allow users to control their brightness with remote controls. You can change the brightness setting according to your mood and time. 

Versatile Color Spectrum

LEDs are available in different sets of colors. You can choose any color and enjoy the versatile lighting without any additional filters.


Commercial lighting covers a broad range of lights. If you are looking for the best commercial lights, try not to forget the above-mentioned points. Always choose the light that goes well with your place and work needs. 

Get help from Vorlane professionals to get a better idea for light design and installation. Make sure whatever you choose has a direct impact on your business and employees. Contact us now for more details and information. 


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