When it comes to a bookstore, implementing unique lighting will help to create the inviting atmosphere customers expect when shopping for a new book. Below we'll break down the best lighting solutions and fixture types to help you choose the most appropriate bookstore lighting.
Most people come to a bookstore to read, browse, and linger, so the use of natural light is a must. In fact, its been proven that natural light can help with mood, memory, and comprehension, which makes it ideal for an area where people will read books. It is especially ideal to use natural lighting if you have a café or tables in the store, which allows customers to linger, study, or work, as so many book stores do. Also, using natural light will help cut down on lighting costs during the day as well, which is another great benefit for your business.
While natural light is perfect for bookstore lighting, additional fixtures will be needed if your location is open at night to provide adequate illumination. Even during the night hours, or in areas of the store that are to far away from sources of natural light, you still want to mimic natural daylight as much as possible. We recommend that you stick with a cool color temperature that isn't so cool that could be harsh or uncomfortable for the eyes. On the other hand, if you go too warm, it could cause people to have to squint their eyes because the appearance will feel dimmer, which will make it harder to read and browse. It's a great idea to keep the color temperature higher than 2700K but not exceed 4000K, which will ensure you're mimicking the color of daylight as much as possible.
You should also try to avoid creating glares, which can become a distraction and make the environment very uncomfortable, especially when customers are browsing for a new book to read or having a study session in the sitting area. Glares are often caused by light reflecting off a shiny surface, such as a window, counter, or mirror. However, glares can be avoided by paying attention to where the light falls from a light fixtures, as well as adding diffusers, which will help produce less of a harsh illumination.
So, when it comes to the actual light fixture types, there are a variety of options available on the market that would fit this type of location. Even though there are many options available, there essentially two that separate themselves from the others. Recessed troffers are ideal for this type of location since they offer a wide light spread with a downward cast in scope. They're also easy to maintain and stay cleaner than suspended options, since they're recessed mounted inside the ceiling. A recessed troffer is also shadow-free, unlike suspended mounted fixtures. Another ideal option is track lighting. Track lighting delivers a directed light spread, which is perfect for highlighting areas, while also providing a nice amount of general lighting as well. You can also mix and match these two types of lights with relative ease for a complete lighting plan that is functional to the specifics of the bookstore space.
You also want to add a touch of ambiance with bookstore lighting. While general lighting is an important factor, ambiance can help add an appeal to this location for customers. With a few well-placed wall sconces mounted directly to the wall between shelves or in other areas such as halls leading to the restroom will go a long way in creating a visually pleasing retail space for your customers.
When you find the type of lighting fixtures you ultimately want to go with, the technology they're equipped with is important as well. We recommend LED for a variety of reasons. For instance, LED offers the lowest wattage for the lumens produce, which will help cut down on utility costs. It also provides a long lasting lighting solution, so you can avoid frequent lamp replacements and fixture repairs that could be disrupting for customers. LED also provides a high-quality illumination that is free from shadows, flickers, or dimming when the lamps reach a certain point in their life span. The main reason we recommend LED is that it comes in a wide range of fixture types, which are suitable for any location and preference.
You should also look at installing times to help reduce some costs. So many light fixtures allow you to install timers, which can be set to turn off lights after closing to avoid a common problem of employees forgetting to turn of lights at the end of each business day. Timers can also be set to come on before employees arrive in the morning, which will help prevent the uneasy feeling employees get when walking into a dark store.