If you're looking at lighting options for a paint store, you need to take into account its different lighting needs when compared to other retail locations. Even though a paint store sells paint and other tools needed for this task, it essentially is selling color to the shopper. Below are some suggestions on choosing the best lighting for a paint store.
When you start looking at which lighting solution for best suit this unique location, you need to look at the color rendering of the proposed lamp type. Color rendering is how well the light can pick up ad showcase colors accurately. For example, if you have poor color rendering index in your fixtures, colors being to look washed out, leading to your shoppers not being able to pick up on the differences of relatively similar hues. A good rule of thumb is to look for a color rendering index of 90 or higher for the best results in this area.
Another important matter to be considered when showcasing paint colors is color temperature. Color temperature defines how white or yellow the light output looks to the human eye. For example, a yellow or warmer color temperature will make the color look washed out or dingy, whereas a color temperature that is too cool or white will generate a add a blue tinge to the paint colors. So, we recommend you should stay in the middle ground of the color temperature scale, around 4000K, which will help avoid negative impacting the customers ability to clearly see the color without the added influences from the lighting.
Shadows can be detrimental for any location, so with paint store lighting you need to ensure the lighting is shadow-free for obvious reasons. For example, shadows can make it difficult to see paint samples correctly. It also can negatively impact the eyes ability toe properly adjust to the illumination if shadows are too dark. For shoppers, it can also be off-putting due to the less than professional appearance. An ideal way you can avoid shadows is to select fixtures that provide mostly downlight, opposed to a mix of uplight and downlight.
We recommend implementing a LED lighting solution that can meet all of suggestions previously mentioned. LED technology provide the best quality of light output by offering a range of color rendering capabilities and color temperatures, while creating minimal shadows during the process of illumination.