We could say that architectural lighting is not a specific and particular kind of lighting, as its principles are the ones we use to illuminate any space. It is not the lighting that concerns only the architects but all those who are involved once in their life with the illumination of a space.

The aim of architectural lighting is to showcase in some space its size, its materials, its shape, its colors, its texture, the atmosphere it exudes. Generally to highlight all the features of the space, no matter what these are. Although we can say a lot about architectural lighting, in this article we will refer to the categories of lighting fixtures and more generally the common light sources we use.


Before grouping the light sources we will divide them into internal and external lighting. That is, light fixtures that we use in enclosed and weather protected areas, and luminaires for outdoor areas where weather phenomena play their role in the operation of lighting fixtures.

The luminaires and in general the indoor light sources are divided into the following categories:


a) Recessed luminaires. In this category belong all luminaires and spotlights that are placed internally on a surface.


b) Ceiling light. Here are all the luminaires that are placed on the roof in the space.


c) Hanging lights. Here are all the luminaires that we hang. Whether by chain or cable.


d) Projectors. They are all headlights, either linear or high intensity.


e)  Rail illumination. Here are all luminaires that are placed in single-phase or three-phase rails. Usually they are spotlights.


f) Led Tapes. Here, as obviously belong to the Led tapes, which are also the last kind of lighting we have.


Concluding, we would say that it is always necessary to have a good design from someone skilled in this field for the proper lighting of each space.