Our Tips for the Perfect Lighting Design

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30. May 2024

Lighting holds immense potential in shaping the ambiance and aesthetics of a space. A well-crafted lighting design is pivotal in elevating the overall atmosphere and appeal of any structure. In this blog, discover key principles for achieving impactful lighting designs.

How to put every building in the right light

Lighting plays a pivotal role in enhancing the comfort, ambiance, and productivity of every room! A key principle to keep in mind when designing your lighting scheme is to incorporate three distinct light sources. This approach fosters contrasts and sets the mood for a captivating atmosphere.

Lichtplanung - Grundbeleuchtung

Task & ambient lighting

For perfect task and ambient lighting, we recommend using light sources that can be varied in brightness and offer smooth, continuous dimming. Particularly suitable here are LED Spots or the LED Ceiling Light.

Lichtplanung - Hintergrundbeleuchtung

Indirect lighting

Backlighting is when a light source indirectly illuminates the room. An elegant solution for this is LED Strips, which can be installed behind furniture or in a suspended ceiling to add an impressive wow factor to the space.

Lichtplanung - Akzentbeleuchtung

Accent lighting

To round off your lighting design, we recommend using luminaires that stand out, such as the Pendulum Slim. The pendant luminaires act as specific accent lights, creating so-called islands of light and direct the eye to certain areas – at the same time, they also have a sleek stylish design.

Lighting design made easy

When it comes to lighting design, a common initial query is: ‘How should I space out the LED spotlights in the ceiling?’ Establishing the ideal distance for ceiling spots begins with considering the room’s height. For a standard ceiling height of 2.6 meters, we suggest placing approximately 2 Loxone LED spots per 5 square meters. This setup guarantees consistent and ample lighting throughout the area.

How to use built-in presence sensors

The correct spacing of LED spotlights and presence sensors plays a decisive role in the aesthetic appearance of the room. We recommend placing the Presence Sensor in the centre between two LED spots and plan the LED spots in the usual grid (such as the image to the right). We advise against omitting an LED spot in favour of a presence sensor, for example, as this could give the impression that an LED spot is defective or that the lighting line is uneven.
To create a detailed lighting design for your building, we recommend using DIALux, a great free lighting design software. In which you can plan, calculate and visualise your lighting with the actual luminaires from Loxone, you are planning to use. The software does require the EULUM data for the luminaires you are planning to use, which you can download free of charge from the Loxone webshop page for the respective lighting products.

Impressive residential and commercial lighting

The most important terms for lighting design

Illuminance (lux)

Illuminance lux is used to measure how much light from the light source reaches a specific point.

Luminous flux (lumen)

Luminous flux means how brightly the light source shines. What the number of watts used to be for light bulbs is now the lumen value.


Dimmed light makes the room more cozy, is easier on the eyes and helps you save energy. Make sure that your light source is dimmable; you will find this information on the packaging.

Color Temperature (Kelvin)

The light color provides information about the color temperature. Color temperatures up to 3,300K are regarded as warm white, from 3,300K to 5,300 K as neutral white and from 5,300K as daylight white.

Color rendering (Ra)

The color rendering index indicates how naturally colors are reproduced. The higher this value, the more natural the colors are. For indoor lighting, we recommend light sources with a color rendering index of at least 80 Ra.

Beam angle

The beam angle determines which area is illuminated. For warm white light, for example, a beam angle of approx 35° is sufficient. For colored light, we recommend a beam angle of at least 100°, as the light interlocks and colored light can be better reproduced.

Energy label

The energy label helps you to assess the energy consumption of the light source. We recommend at least level D (new label). The current scale of energy efficiency classes goes in 7 steps from A to G.

Simple operation of your lighting

Weniger Tasten, mehr Klarheit – der Touch Pure

Fewer buttons, more clarity

Loxone automatically adjusts and changes lighting as planned to do so but should you want to intervene manually you can at any time through a switch. However, despite the wide range of options for switches they can be over complicated with a bank of buttons to control the different lighting circuits… but we believe operation should be as simple as possible allowing anyone to work the switch. For this reason, we have developed the Loxone Switch Standard
(depicted in the diagram).

Weniger Tasten, mehr Klarheit – der Touch Pure
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With the free Loxone App the entire functionality of the building is in your hands. Control your lighting at any time from anywhere. Easily adjust lighting scenes, brightness or lighting colors with just a few clicks.


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