Archives: Commercial Services Sector

Retail Stores

Aglo Systems has a proven track record working with many leading retailers, shopfitters, architects, designers, builders and electrical contractors.

We always strive to achieve an optimal lighting performance for your retail space by creating an enhanced customer experience that encourages strong purchasing behaviour. As a retail lighting specialist, we understand the unique requirements in illuminating window displays, wall-bay displays, merchandise tables, entry portal and circulation areas. Lighting plays a huge part in consumer behaviour and has a big influence on whether a product is purchased from your store. 

As part of our lighting design process in a retail store we have developed 5 essential steps which are aimed at maximising product engagement: 

  1. Lighting consultation: In the early stages of designing a retail store, it is essential for our team to review the architecture and design of the store layout to consider this within the lighting design along with the objectives and desired ambience. 
  2. Lighting design and concept: Aiming to create a unique lighting concept that matches your brand identity and products whilst working in with the project objectives. The concept also includes a 3D render, illuminance levels and a reflective ceiling plan.
  3. Product sourcing: Selection and sourcing of suitable products to meet the lighting design concept whilst considering factors such as installation, longer lifespan and energy saving. 
  4. Optimal lighting schedule that considers the above points along with the clients budget, timelines, availability and overall goals. 
  5. Get expert help: We pride ourselves on providing a retail lighting solution that is tailored to your store, finds a solution that adapts to your conditions and create designs that showcase your products/brand identity with angling also available.

Hospitality

When we commence working on a lighting design plan for the hospitality industry, the following factors are considered to create a warm and welcoming environment: 

  1. Influence Mood: There are many components to consider in lighting to influence the mood of your guests. For example, within a hospitality environment well-positioned lights encourage positive feelings, lighting that adjusts at night allows guests to have a more restful sleep and selection of LED lights mimics natural daylight. 
  2. Activate the Senses: Great lighting exhilarates your guests’ senses where for example exquisite entrees and decadent desserts can be much more appetizing with proper light levels and colours. Extravagant rooms with premium beddings and stylish furniture can be presented in the best way possible. Bad lighting can make the hospitality environment dining, décor and atmosphere less appealing. 
  3. Provide convenience: The hospitality industry is shifting towards technology-based lighting systems rapidly. It is important that the lighting within the hospitality environment is able to be adapted to suit the guests needs and provide convenience. This is particularly important for guest rooms where lighting requirements such as working, getting ready, reading a book or relaxing should be available easily. Guests will certainly notice the convenience of good lighting when they find accommodation that does provide it. 

The right lighting provides the hospitality environment with a bright and friendly atmosphere – creating the perfect stay or dining experience. The wrong light can ruin the room aesthetic and throw off the atmosphere. Hospitality lighting trends are forever evolving and new creative methods are constantly being developed to make the space stand out. With the help of an effective lighting design, along with incorporating the right lighting fixtures can truly revamp the entire aura and make a space look inviting. This is particularly important for the hospitality industry where ambience plays a vital role in attracting guests/diners. 

Sports & Area

We work with Civil Works and Engineering Consultants across Australia to provide lighting design, consultation and premium LED product supply for sporting facilities and public, commercial and industrial area lighting applications.

Sports Lighting

Good quality lighting is essential for sports facilities to enable players, umpires and spectators to follow the progress of the game. In ball sports, the ball should always be clearly visible, regardless of its speed or location. The playing pitch should be illuminated in a uniform manner, in a way that reduces glare and with illumination levels suitable to the type of sport and crowd size. Each sport has set key standards of illumination, uniformity and glare for training sessions, match practice and competition at club, amateur and professional grades. Televised sports matches require even higher levels of illumination. Lighting design for outdoor sports fields must take into account the position of light poles so that they are a minimum distance from the principle playing area and away from the goal area. 

We combine the technical expertise of our inhouse lighting designers and engineers to ensure that the lighting design proposed for each site complies with Australian regulations, is visually appealing, energy efficient and low maintenance. As part of our lighting design process we provide measured lux levels across the playing surface and 3D modeling visuals of the proposed end result. Lighting for other parts of the sporting complex (indoor or outdoor) is also important to consider, factors such as adequate illumination for the car park and walkways, stands, emergency areas and corridors, change rooms, canteen and other rooms are considered. We can design and supply for sporting facilities such as aquatic centres; tennis, football, soccer, rugby, hockey, netball, athletics, lawn bowls, basketball and baseball clubs; golf courses and driving ranges; and gymnastic, dance and indoor multi-sports centres.

Area Lighting

Industrial and commercial spaces such as loading docks, warehouses, driveways, car yards, outdoor merchandise displays, petrol stations, train stations, car washes and emergency assembly areas each have unique lighting requirements which our lighting consultants can assist with. 

Suitable car park lighting is necessary for driver visibility, pedestrian safety and reduction of crime. CCTV cameras also need minimum levels of illumination to operate successfully. Depending on the class of street, light level standards also apply for street illumination. Whether the area is indoor or outdoor, we can provide premium, energy efficient LED fittings suitable to the task and environment, with long functional lifetimes and minimal maintenance. Our fittings are IP rated to suit various levels of water and dust protection and can also feature protection from vandalism. We can also provide programmed timers, motion and daylight sensors for automatic dimming and switching options to suit your specific needs and further reduce energy consumption.

The Sports and Area Lighting department design and supply for all aspects of premium LED sports facility lighting and provide lighting solutions for areas such as loading docks, car parks, public parks and pathways. With many years of experience, our dedicated team strives to provide a streamlined service with the finest attention to detail while maintaining competitive prices. 

Supermarkets

We specialise in lighting for the supermarket industry and have a solid understanding of supermarket regions and the lighting design requirements. Supermarket lighting plays a key role in the supermarket design where a great lighting environment can attract and guide the flow of people. Our lighting design also considers easy installation, longer lifespan and energy saving. 

As part of our lighting design process we identify the key supermarket lighting areas: 

  • Fresh Area Lighting: The fresh area within a supermarket generally displays produce, meats, cheeses and cooked goods. The lighting design for this area looks to ensure foods are well presented but also considers the temperature impact of goods. In order to create fresher looking produce our ‘Brillant Vivid’ LED technology provides enriched high-colour rendering, making the saturation and hue of an object more accurate when compared to daylight. The ability to represent a greater range of colours and contrasts makes the texture and detail of a product clearer, so you can see how crisp or fresh it is.
  • Shelf Area Lighting: The shelf area consists of the supermarket aisles and requires both horizontal and vertical lighting so the goods can be highlighted effectively. Because the distance between the shelves are closer the lighting for this area should reduce shadows with neutral colour temperatures and anti-glare fittings.
  • Promotional Area Lighting: The promotional area of a supermarket is usually featured at end bays of aisles or in a dedicated position within the supermarket. Lighting for this area needs to attract customers at first glance so they can find the supermarkets special buys/products and discounts. Lighting for this area should be brighter than the surrounding environment to attract attention.
  • Frozen Area Lighting: The frozen area of a supermarket contains frozen goods where the lighting design needs to make the goods look fresh and cool while considering the proposed fittings temperature. The distance between the light and goods and temperature can influence the shelf life so these factors are considered in this space.
  • Cashier Area Lighting: The cashier or checkout area of a supermarket needs to be bright and comfortable for employees and customers. Anti-glare and high lumen LED lighting fittings are considered in this space to adequately allow employees and customers to see the goods and cash register.

 

Schools & Universities

We understand the unique lighting challenges that education facilities such as Primary Schools, Secondary Schools and Universities encounter. Within an educational facility, it is important that each element is there to increase learning and productivity levels. Lighting in the education department requires the evaluation of natural light available from windows, integration of technology being used and tasks being undertaken. Natural light is often encouraged as it has long been known to positively affect the mood, energy and concentration. 

During our lighting design process for Schools & Universities we consider the colour temperature where a cool white light source makes students more focused and performance improving whereas a warmer light may be a better option for engaging young children in calmer activities. We also consider specific levels of light or illuminance recommended, in accordance with Australian Standards. AS/NZS 1680.2.3 states the recommended lux levels for educational facilities which vary due to the wide range of tasks which are involved.

See below the appropriate lux levels for common educational areas according to AS/NZS 1680.2.3:

  • General Use – 240 lux
  • Examinations – 240 lux
  • Laboratories – 320 lux
  • Lecture rooms – 240 lux
  • Reading rooms – 320 lux
  • Sewing rooms:
    • (a) General – 320 lux
    • (b) Task area – 800 lux

Dimming features are also considered if there are areas where presentations will be made on large screens or electric whiteboards to maximise usability. Dimming also mitigates glare and eye strain that can be caused by prolonged screen use. Often educational facilities must balance tight budgets while providing a safe and efficient environment for students. When specifying lighting in a school or university, LED lighting offers savings in both cost and maintenance. With a longer lifespan LED lights need to replaced less often than traditional fluoresent lights. LED lights also require less energy to run and don’t have flicker issues.

As there are diverse spaces within an educational facility, our inhouse lighting designers can determine the best colour rendering results and achieve an overall space that enhances your students’ learning. 

Health Care Facilities

Lighting is a fundamental component within any space, but it is particularly important for health care facilities due to the tremendous impact it can have on patient outcomes, healing and overall health. We offer intelligent lighting solutions for health care facility applications, ensuring that the lighting creates a sense of well-being for patients while enabling care personnel and doctors/specialists to work with high levels of concentration. Depending on the application, we work with the client to provide an optimal lighting solution – 

Treatment Rooms: Within treatment rooms, lighting must communicate a sense of calm and comfort for patients while also ensuring that doctors/specialists are able to correctly examine and diagnose the patient. We often recommend fittings with very high luminous efficacy and optimal colour rendering as the ideal solution. 

Patient and Resident Rooms: For some patients, a clinic may temporarily become their new home and this, in turn needs to reflect a homely atmosphere for patients to feel relaxed and at ease. At the same time, we need to consider functional lighting for the space allowing personnel to complete medical examinations and treatments. Night-time lighting also needs to be considered that enables personnel to move around the room to monitor patients without disturbing sleep. 

Relaxation Rooms and Waiting Areas: Relaxation and Waiting areas in healthcare facilities are important meeting areas for patients and visitors that needs to allow a sense of calm and connection. For these areas we look to create homogeneous lighting designs that avoids a monotonous impression often used for communal areas. 

Utility and Functional Rooms: For functional and utility rooms such as storage rooms, laundry and kitchens selected luminaires need to withstand dust, heat, cold and humidity. Depending on the room’s task our inhouse lighting designers can provide a recommendation for the specific lighting task requirement. 

Working together with our client, we identify the projects specific requirements to create the ideal working and healing lighting conditions for the health care facility. 

 

Offices

Lighting in an office environment has a significant impact on an individual’s performance in a variety of ways. Factors such as concentration and satisfaction levels have shown that an individuals well-being, health and performance are highly effected by their office lighting. Poor lighting in office environments can cause eye strain, headaches and alertness. Well-designed office lighting can therefore enhance worker satisfaction and productivity. As part of our lighting design process, we consider the following factors when designing office lighting: 
  • What type of work tasks will be undertaken? 
  • Accommodate changes in work activities based on client requirements 
  • Ensure the safety of workers so that hazards are visible and well lit
  • Create a suitable well-lit work environment 
  • Provide a safe and comfortable visual environment driving productivity and satisfaction 

We also work in to comply with Australian Standards:

  • General Lighting – AS/NZS 1680.2.4:1997 For general work areas a value of 160 lux is recommended. Office environments with moderately difficult visual tasks should have a range of 320-400 lux. 
  • Access and Stair Lighting – AS/NZS 1680.2.4:1997 A value of 40 lux is recommended for walkways and access areas, necessary for workers to be able to move around safely. This should be considered as a minimum value where is some circumstances higher levels may be required. 
  • Emergency Lighting – Depending on the office type, AS/NZS 3012:2010 or AS 2293.1 is used. AS/NZS 3012:2010 specific for construction and demolition categorised offices requiring battery-powered lighting to be installed in passageways, next to switchboards and stairways. AS 2293.1 specific for emergency escape lighting and exit signs for buildings outlines emergency escape luminaires should be located within 2 metres of the approach side of each doorway where required. 

We work together with our clients to understand their specific office lighting requirements and provide a recommended lighting design concept and schedule.

 

Multi Residential Developments

We work together with our client and property developer to supply lighting to multi-residential projects, balancing cost and design to achieve a stunning final aesthetic. Our Projects team has extensive experience across a wide range of multi-residential projects, ranging from large-scale apartment, budget and premium projects. Our diverse network of local and global suppliers enables Aglo Projects to tailor packages to any scale or budget.

Our Projects team multi-residential development process includes: 

  1. Establishing a Scope of Works: Our initial discussion with the client establishes the scope of the lighting package that is required and needs of the customer. We use this time to work with our clients to familiarise ourselves with the project, understand the client’s goals and expectations, and to establish a timeline. 
  2. Sourcing & Value Engineering: After establishing the project scope, we source suitable products to create the perfect lighting package – whether it be from our own Mondolux range, specially sourced project fittings or bespoke feature luminaires. We also have the opportunity to value engineer – looking at projects from a functional, installation, usability or price perspective to encourage innovation, reduce labour and installation costs, increase quality or technical performance. 
  3. Client Review, Sampling & Approvals: Once the lighting package is reviewed, we work with our clients to provide exactly what is required for approval – whether that be detailed technical submissions, such as luminaire photometric testing, extensive datasheets, detailed technical reports or physical samples for approval. 
  4. Testing & Compliance: For some projects, luminaire testing and demonstrating compliance can be a key step in the approval and value engineering process. Our Aglo Photometrics Lab has the ability to ensure luminaires supplied are all correctly specified to their designed light output, optic and light quality colour rendering index (CRI). 
  5. Supply & Delivery: As part of our project management services we coordinate the supply and delivery phase of the project. Our flexible, solutions-based approach, combined with our extensive experience, allows us to provide innovative and timely solutions to minimise project delay and additional cost. 
  6. Installation & Project Completion: We provide all installation documentation in preparation for project handover to end clients. Aglo Projects also offers additional after-sales services such as the commissioning of Casambi dimming systems, the aiming of spotlights in public areas and support.