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Let There Be Light

By: Guy Tulloh
Posted: July 22, 2008, from the March 2007 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

Lighting can set a mood. It can create warmth where there is none, define certain areas in open spaces without the need for walls and brighten an area that misses out on natural light. Knowing how to achieve certain effects can be confusing, however, given the myriad of options available today. How does one decide what types of light to purchase, how many and where they should be positioned?

One of the major factors within the beauty industry today is achieving the best illumination possible in the facial treatment zones, which often need to be different from the lighting effects in the retail and reception areas. Lighting can be as complicated and as diverse as the imagination.

Lighting is one of the most effective forms of controlling an environment or creating a mood, atmosphere or experience. A dull and uninteresting room or space can take on a completely different feel with the correct lighting. Lighting comes in either natural or artificial varieties, and is required for both functional and aesthetic purposes.

Color rendition and lux level (the color and brightness levels) are two of the main considerations that come into play when choosing lighting. Color renditions run on a scale from one to five, with one being softer light or low-voltage downlights, and five being fluorescent lights or tri-phosphor lights, which are slightly similar to a metal halide that is very bright and takes some time to come on.

The following issues are worth considering when selecting lights for particular areas.

Reception and product display area