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Showroom Lighting


Often showrooms are large spaces divided up in to smaller areas to showcase the products in different settings. These areas can be dressed to look like a room you would find in a residential setting, such as a living room or bathroom or can be a display centre of similar themed products and accessories. One complication is that these rooms don’t always have any natural light in the form of windows. Lighting designers have to take this in to account when designing these spaces as without natural light rooms can become dark and uninviting. Lighting Design International was


recently asked to design the lighting for the new Lapicida Showroom. Lapicida are a leading stone specialist supplying stone for use on walls, floors, ceilings, as cladding, as architectural elements and even as one-off works of art. The 5,000sq ft showroom is Lapicida’s flagship store located in the heart of the Chelsea’s design district. This industrial building has been transformed into a stunning space showing off the best of Lapicida’s range with the use of dramatic lighting. Lighting Design International completed


this project using the latest energy efficient LED technology to keep the maintenance and energy costs at a minimum. The showroom is on the first floor of the building with access to it via a staircase. Lighting Design Internationals’ first


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A Masterpiece in Light Lighting up some stunning products


challenge was to light this in way that made it inviting and visually led the consumer up the stairs. There are various sets within the space, each taking on the role of a normal residential setting. Different stone has been used within each setting to highlight the uses and beautiful addition they make to any space. The lighting in these areas has been designed with an extra level that sales assistants can utilise when showcasing certain products within these rooms.


In addition each room has been set up with a PIR detector (Presence Infra-Red)


which brings the light level up automatically when a consumer enters the space. This system not only increases energy efficiency but also adds to the drama within each area. The main showroom has examples of uplighters to highlight products and also softer lighting, to wash the other products from above. For added drama there is a dark walk through which displays textured and backlit stones. Shafts of light were positioned in close proximity to each display to maximize the textures. Many stores are becoming more like showrooms, utilising space to create an


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