If you're in the stages of planning the lighting in a veterinarian office, there are a few unique considerations that need to be taken into account. Below are a few suggestion that will help you create a well-balanced lighting solution for your veterinarian office, improving the overall functionality and appearance.
We think everybody can agree that going to the vet can be a stressful experience not only for the pet, but for the owner as well. Most veterinarian office lighting plans are designed around creating a more pleasing environment. Implementing ambient light is less about overall illumination and more about creating warmth. However, if ambient light won't work for your space, you can install lighting with warmer color temperatures instead of cooler ones, which will help create the same atmosphere of inviting warmth to help visitors feel more at ease.
Having proper overhead lighting is very important, but it shouldn't be the only aspect of your lighting plan. Every space requires a certain calculated number of lumens to ensure it has proper illumination. However, you can reach this number by using multiple light sources. Task lighting is primarily focused and directed to certain areas that need extra illumination, such a desk or exam table. If you're planning on using this type of lighting, make sure it is placed so that the output beam is below eye level, which will help eliminate glares and discomfort.
Glare can cause discomfort for everyone involved, including the staff, pets, and pet owners. You can reduce, or avoid glare, by adding anti-reflective lenses and diffusers to your lighting fixtures to soften the light. The placement of your lights can help to reduce glare as well. For example, using indirect lighting will help ensure the light scope doesn't fall directly where the task is being performed or meet the eye to affect the line of vision. Instead, it creates a comfortable lighting environment conducive to the location.
The majority of veterinarian offices typically choose one type of lighting, which is usually overhead fluorescent tubes that can have a negative impact on the lighting outcome. Just like we previously mentioned with task lighting, you can incorporate multiple lighting solutions into the office to create a more inviting space for pets and their owners, as well as your staff. For example, you could add some wall sconces in the waiting room with overhead lighting to create a well-balanced lighting output. Also having equal amounts of up and down light can help balance out the space.