LED Soffit Lights
When artificial light first became popular at the end of the 19th century, people wanted as much of it as possible. But, the glare it produced and its dazzling brightness was too much for some people. So, in the 1920s, commercial applications like movie theatres began embracing subtle types of lighting. People who went to the theatre wanted to see the play but also move around when they needed to.
In architecture, a soffit is the underpart of an overhanging structure. In outdoor areas, this is usually the space under decks, arches, eaves, or roof overhangs. In interiors, the soffit generally refers to a dropped ceiling or the underside of a beam. Any lighting installed in these interior and exterior spaces is referred to as soffit lighting.
Soffits are in interiors and exteriors as architectural features for lighting or ventilation. Over the years, soffit lighting has become quite popular. Used as decorative and accent lighting in both commercial and residential applications. The lighting can be surface mounted using mounting brackets or recessed into the ceiling.
Because the soffit space can be short in height, it's preferable to use low-profile light fixtures. Using LED recessed-lights and LED canopy-lights for soffit lighting ensures flexible design options. You can also choose from a large selection of fixtures. For example, you can choose LED lights with wider beam angles for more coverage. Or those with different color temperatures to create a warm atmosphere.
Soffit lighting may be indirect or direct. Indirect lighting can be install beneath cabinets in commercial spaces. It can provide low-level ambient lighting that is not used for specific tasks. Lighting installed between cabinet tops and the ceiling is also indirect lighting. This light can provide a slight ambient glow for general illumination.
Direct light is concentrated on a specific area or object. This can be track lighting in an indoor soffit or security lighting in an outdoor soffit. Many times, recessed lighting provides direct lighting from soffits. This is because it fits within the soffit and illuminates specific areas.
Uses of Soffit Lighting
Because soffits conceal fixtures and creates ambient light, it's used for mood lighting. Depending on the color of the light, it can create a luxurious or a playful atmosphere.
Indoor soffit lights are also used for architectural and accent lighting. Often in ceiling arches and beams in residential and commercial applications. Recessed downlights are the go-to lights for soffit lighting in interiors. They can pair with cove lights to produce an illusion of depth on the ceiling or the wall.
In commercial kitchens, LED soffit lights can be for task lighting. LED recessed downlights come in a wide selection. They are available with different trim finishes, lenses, and reflectors. Interior soffit lighting is also a very popular choice for hotels.
Canopy lights are for outdoor soffit lighting in canopies, porches, and eaves. Canopy lighting usually has UL Rating for Damp Locations or UL Rating for Wet Locations and also high IP ratings (IP65-IP68). This is especially the case if the soffits usually come into contact with water, moisture, or dust. LED canless downlights are also used for recessed soffit lighting outdoors. As they have a slim profile and can fit into smaller soffits.
Commercial applications with wider soffits should use LED surface mount canopy lights or LED flush mount ceiling lights. They are better suited to illuminate larger areas. Canopy lights are popular in gas stations to light up the spaces above fuel pumps. When LED soffit lights need to provide continuous light around buildings, use LED tape lights because they cover longer surfaces.
5 Benefits of LED Soffit Lights
1. Soffit Lights Save Space
One of the biggest benefits of soffit lighting is that it creates the illusion of space. Soffit lights give off a subtle glow. When installed in interiors, they blur the boundaries of a room and make it look bigger than it actually is.
For instance, you can use LED soffit lights to make the ceiling appear visually higher than it is. When installed in the corners of a soffit, they can make a room appear more open. Since the fixtures are built-in, they work well with all decor styles. They're suitable for different commercial environments — from department stores to theaters.
Business owners wanting to highlight sculptures or paintings would install track lights and direct it at the object. But, soffit lights create a soft glow on the objects sides. This causes it to draw eyes to itself naturally without being obvious.
Also, soffit lights are usually hidden in plain sight and do not draw attention to themselves. You can use these fixtures to highlight particular areas, works of art, or showcase a special collection.
2. Soffit Lights do Wall Washing
LED soffit lighting can make rooms appear bigger by giving them a "wall washing" effect. Since it emphasizes vertical features, it usually tends to expand things visually. The lighting is a staple in art galleries, hotels, and museums — and for good reason. It draws attention to architectural details and also makes a statement.
Wall washing is an easy way to create a dramatic effect in any room. This technique illuminates a flat wall and creates an even distribution of light from the floor to the ceiling. Highlighting a smooth, large and vertical surface.
To create a perfect wall washing effect, soffit lighting fixtures must have correct spacing from the wall and each other. The distance between the lights should be the same as the distance between the lights and the wall.
For instance, if the soffit in your commercial space is 9 feet high, the soffit lights should be 2-3 feet from the wall and also from each other. If the soffit is higher than 9 feet, the spacing should also be greater.
3. Soffit Lights are Perfect for Low Ceilings – As Well As Insulated Ceilings
Soffit lights are popular because of their ability to recess. Their strongest point is they are able to shrink or hide into the wall. All other lights such as ceiling and track lights — are visible when installed, as is the light they cast.
No lights are ideal for commercial spaces with low ceilings except soffit lights. This is because ceiling lights in these spaces stick out too much or graze the heads of the occupants. LED soffit lighting gives you your soffit back.
These lights are also perfect for insulated ceilings. Preferred by many these days as they increase fire safety and reduce noise transfer. LED lights have little heat output. So there is no need for the traditional bulb insulation boxes or "tin cans."
4. They Enhance Aesthetics
For rooms with a modern feel, soffit lighting can work very well with their visual aesthetic. These lights are versatile and can adjust lighting as circumstances need. Whether it's spot lighting architectural details or ambient lighting enhancing the room's feel. This specific benefit cannot be mimicked by other types of lighting fixtures.
Soffit lights also withstand changing lighting trends, unlike track lights which scream "1980s!" or monorail lights which scream "2000s." There's one reason they will never go out of style, they've never really been in style
5. LED Soffit Lights Versatile and Efficient
When it comes to installing soffit lighting, there are a myriad of factors to consider. The most important factor for some people is where they will be installed. After all, that will determine how they make a space look. LED soffit lights have a slim profile and do not take up a lot of space in a soffit. This means that they can be installed virtually anywhere.
Proper placement of soffit lighting makes for great task lighting. People in a commercial environment can work more efficiently as there are no obtrusive lighting fixtures. Some LED soffit lights have a dimming feature and their light output is easy to control. They can also be paired with other lighting controls to further lower energy usage.