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Last edited 01 Jul 2018
The impact of lighting in retail design
In the world of retail with ever more savvy shoppers and image-conscious consumers, first impressions are everything. From the signage to window displays, the smell of premises to its cleanliness, most customers will make up their minds about a shop within the first few seconds. And once they’ve been made, first impressions are hard to change, so it is important get it right.
One of the biggest influences on the look and feel of any retail space is lighting. From soft and subtle to bright and bold, the architectural style of lighting will have a big impact on how customers perceive a business whether they realise it or not.
As long as it’s big, bold and beautiful, a statement feature can be made out of anything. A lighting designer will be able to conjure up some wild and wonderful creations from their imagination.
For lighting manufacture, design and fitting that shows customers a shop is 'on trend', creating spaces that they want to spend time in and to make the most of the link between lighting and consumer behaviour, choose a lighting designer with a proven portfolio of professional, on-point projects.
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