With the experience of 7000+ completed commercial real estate projects, WLS is a leader in energy efficient interior lighting products and controls. WLS provides the utmost value in design and product choices that are sustainable, aesthetically pleasing, and enhance value in your property. Collaboration with over 100 lighting manufacturing partners allows us to procure high-quality lighting products for your project.
The WLS team are knowledgeable experts in all types of commercial interior lighting and controls products. Interior lighting products come in a variety of lumen packages, mounting types, color temperatures, wattages, sizes, and colors.
Surface Mount Lighting
Surface Mount Lighting is a broad category of light fixtures with generally the same mounting technique. Surface mount lighting fixtures lay on a flat surface and are most useful when there is little room in ceiling or wall spaces. Mounting is by pendant, ceiling or wall and fixtures can be flush or semi-flush.
- Pendant Mount: Fixtures that are suspended from the ceiling with cable, chain, or rod.
- Ceiling Mount, Flush Mount: A fixture with no space between it and the ceiling.
- Ceiling Mount, Semi-Flush Mount: A fixture with a small space between it and the ceiling.
- Wall Mount: This type of fixture is mounted to the wall and often called a sconce.
Consider a dimmer with your surface mount lighting. It will allow you to use less energy along with enhancing the ambience in the room
Cove lighting is a linear light source that directs light onto the ceiling from a cove, wall, cabinetry tops toe kicks, etc. It is generally used as accent lighting to highlight architectural features of interior design. Its appeal stems from providing even light without visible fixtures. Cove lighting provides a clean look and is popular in modern hospitality, restaurant, and office applications.
It is recommended to install cove lighting at least 18 inches from the ceiling and 6’-8” from the floor.
Panels / Troffers
LED panels and troffers are modern replacements for conventional fluorescent ceiling lights. A troffer is a square or rectangular fixture that typically fits into a dropped ceiling grid and is often recessed. Troffer fixtures generally have higher lumen output than LED flat panels. Panels and troffers are most found in office, grocery, retail, and industrial applications.
LED panel lighting delivers a smooth and flawless illumination without visible bulbs or hot spots. Their profile is ideal for shallow ceilings as they are about 1 inch +/- deep. LED light panels are available in standard white color temperatures; tunable white, and RGB (color changing). Their versatility allows them to be used in applications that go beyond ceiling lights.
If you are looking for a fixture with more uniform illumination, go with a LED panel light. If you are looking for a high lumen output, a LED troffer fixture is the better option.
Lighting Retrofit Fixtures
A lighting retrofit is an upgrade to your current fixtures or lamps. Often it is done to provide energy savings while improving the quality of light. The goal is, over time, the energy savings can offset the cost of the new lighting. Lighting retrofit lamps and systems are available for all types of interior spaces. Fixtures for retrofits commonly come in downlights, lamps, troffers, and strip lights.
Depending on your project, you may qualify for a rebate or incentive from your utility company. Ask about this when you speak to a WLS representative
High & Low Bay Fixtures
Bay fixtures are typically found in large open spaces such as warehouses, factories, distribution centers, and other industrial facilities. Low bay fixtures are used where ceilings are lower than 20’ while high bay fixtures are used above 20’. Due to the installation height differences, low bay fixtures typically have differing beam angles and lumen output from high bay fixtures.
Take care choosing the correct fixture for open spaces as they impact safety and work efficiency.
Architectural lighting is intended to create or enhance a cohesive spatial experience. It is lighting for both the building’s design and its function. Architectural lighting fixtures are sometimes called “specification-grade” lighting fixtures. Generally, there are a lot of options (specifications) to choose from for any given fixture. Fixtures within this category are customized to fit the architecture rather than the other way around.
Common options to tailor a fixture to a space include lumen output, beam spread, color temperature, mounting style, distribution, etc.
Track lighting consists of fixtures that are mounted to a track. The track is most often mounted to a ceiling but can also be suspended from high ceilings. The track is what provides power to the fixtures that are suspended from it. These fixtures can be functional and/or decorative with a traditional or contemporary style. Often the functional fixtures are referred to as track heads. Track lighting allows you to adjust the fixture placement along the track. Typically, fixtures can be aimed as well. This type of lighting system allows you to greatly customize lighting for your space.
Combining decorative pendants with a variety of track heads will give you task, accent, and ambient lighting – all on one track.
Recessed lighting is installed inside a ceiling or built into a surface. These fixtures are comprised of three main components: housing, trim, and a light source. The bulk of the fixture is the housing which is hidden within a surface. The housing contains the electrical connections of the fixture. Trim is the visible portion of the fixture and may include baffles, reflectors, or shades. The light source sits within the housing and produces the light.
- Baffle Trim: Used to reduce glare and soften the lighting.
- Reflectors: Maximize light production and direct it downward. Rooms with high ceilings can benefit from this trim style.
- Wall Wash Trims: Used to direct the light to the side or wall. Most often they are used to highlight artwork.
- Eyeball Trim: Used to position the direction of the light. Typically, they are used in accent lighting.
- Lensed Trim: Used for wet-rated fixtures and have covers to protect the light source.
Combine recessed and decorative lighting to create a pleasing ambient atmosphere to any room.
A downlight is a fixture that aims light downward from a ceiling. Though, downlights are often used for general lighting within a room, they can provide accent lighting as well as task lighting over desks or countertop islands. Downlights combine nicely with decorative lighting such as sconces, and chandeliers.
There are several types of downlights. All are available in various sizes, color temperatures and beam angles. Options are available for indoors and outdoors. They can be recessed, surface mounted, pendant, etc.
Begin placing recessed downlights 2’ from a wall. Divide the ceiling height in two and use this number as your spacing between downlights
Lighting controls are simply input/output devices for lighting. A common light switch is a simple on/off control device. A more intelligent controller often has software with the ability to dim brightness, create complex lighting shows, and add occupancy sensors.
Based on the intelligence of the controller, you can adjust lighting many ways:
- On/off: The most basic option.
- Dimming: Allows control of the intensity of lighting typically in 0-10V.
- Zoning: Enables you to control more than one light source in an area.
- Occupancy/Vacancy: Sensors that detect when a space is occupied or silent.
- Lighting Shows: A sequence of scenes or designs that a lighting programmer programs.
Did You Know:
Controlling your lighting will assist in energy savings. You can use lighting controls to adjust lighting based on occupancy, daylight, tasks, mood and more.