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Let There Be Light

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

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Another type of lighting that could be utilized is uplighting. This allows for a main light source to be shone up onto the ceiling from either a pelmet or bulkhead. Here, the light shines up and then reflects back down. The advantage is that it normally can be hidden, but be aware that this is best achieved by a lighting engineer or specialist who can help you to determine how bright you will require it to be, how many lights should be used and how the placement should work in conjunction with the ceiling height.

Back-of-house areas

These areas include storerooms, preparation areas, offices, laundry rooms and staff lounges. Here, long-lasting, highly functional lights should be used—fluorescent lights are recommended. These are good, but should not necessarily be in full view of clients, as they will divert their attention from the overall ambiance you have achieved with the rest of the lighting in the spa.

Also ensure that these lights can be switched off when the rooms are not in use. This not only will save on power, but also will prolong the life span of the lamps and fittings.

Feature lights

These types of lights play one main role—aesthetics. They are designed to create a feature or experience, and can be used to tie an overall concept together. Feature lights can be wall lights, floor uplights, wall washers and many other options. Pendant lights—either single or grouped—or even chandeliers can be very interesting. Fiber-optic lights can be used in tight spaces, as they can stretch into and fit where other lights often cannot. Quite often, feature lights can be left on, even after the spa closes at night, to capture the attention of passersby. They are ideal for use with timers so that if you leave them on as a feature, they will turn off when the streets become quiet.

Light variations available include:

  • Downlights; both low voltage and 240V
  • General low voltage and metal halide
  • Spot and floodlights
  • Pendants and wall lights
  • Track
  • Waterproof and exterior
  • Fluorescent, normal globes and compact fluorescent