Things to Consider When Lighting Your Retail Space

By September 16, 2019 Retail

Lighting should be a major consideration in planning and maintaining your retail space. While LED lighting can reduce your energy and maintenance costs, customer experience and emergency lighting are also important factors when it comes to choosing the best lighting solutions for your store or commercial space.

Customer Experience

You may not realize it, but lighting has a major impact on shopping behavior in a retail store. Not only does lighting impact the atmosphere of a store and entice customers to buy products, but it factors into how long they shop and whether they come back. A well-lit window display could even play a part in getting a potential customer into the store. Proper lighting makes the clothing or products more appealing to the customer by making colors and textures pop out, and ambient lighting can help give customers a sense of comfort being in your store.

A benefit to using LED lighting in your retail space is that the fixtures emit less heat than fluorescent or HID lighting, making the customer more comfortable while in your store. Especially if you are operating a clothing store, the temperature can make a major impact on purchase decisions.

Emergency Lighting

Another thing that often gets overlooked when it comes to retail spaces is emergency lighting. OSHA has requirements around emergency lighting in commercial buildings to ensure exit paths and exit signs are adequately lighted so that an employee with normal vision can see along the exit route, and each exit must clearly visible and marked by an exit sign in case of emergency. The exit sign must also be properly illuminated to a surface value of at least 54 lux, be a reliable light source, and be distinctive in color.

Imperial Lighting can perform testing on these lights to ensure they are operating properly, and our technicians carry all the necessary lamps, ballasts, batteries, and parts to repair your emergency and exit lighting as needed. Additionally, because these emergency and exit lights operate 24 hours a day, there is ample opportunity for lighting upgrades that can help reduce energy and maintenance costs for your retail space. Contact Imperial Lighting today for a free emergency lighting or commercial lighting audit for your retail space.