The Perfect Barn Lighting
Whether your barn houses animals or humans, the lighting design is crucial to ensuring you have right environment. Here at Asco Lights we can support you in both the design and the fitting of the perfect lighting solution for your barn.
The lighting in barns can be very important. It can create ambience and make the barn and path look more pleasing and brings out the architecture of the barn helping to make it stand out. It also provides some of the essential conditions for barn animals, such as chickens, pigs, cows and horses. When it’s the autumn and winter season, and the sun goes down early, lighting can play a big part in keeping the animals happy until it’s time for them to get switched off and there are different ways in which this can be achieved.
The exterior lighting of the barn is also important as well as the path leading up to it. It can be subtle and just highlight the way to the barn as well as the entrance. A good way to subtly light up the path is to use low level lights along the way up to the barn as this makes it easy to get to the barn when it gets dark and makes it easy to find the way back. It is important however to not light the entire path, and to separate the lights because the radius of the light would be enough to cover a certain distance along the path. This means it is only getting lit subtly and not being overpowered by light which could attract unwanted animals such as foxes during the evening. It is also important to highlight with the lights any changes in the level of the path such as steps or a hill as this could be dangerous when it’s dark and it’s difficult to see where to go.
The entrance of the barn can be lit up in a way to emphasise the architectural features and make them stand out, also making it more aesthetically pleasing, catching the eye and bringing it to the most important parts of the barn such as the entrance. A good way to light up the entrance to the barn is to use wall lights that go up the edges of the entrance and potentially along the ridge at the top. This is also subtle and makes the barn more friendly and approachable to friends or family and any potential visitors. Another way to subtly light up the entrance to the barn is to have floor lights facing upwards which light up the bottom of the barn and fade as they go upwards. This is a subtle touch for a smaller entrance as it can highlight both the doors and above as well as creating emphasis on the wood that the barn was made out of and any other material which can create ambient lighting for the exterior.
The interior barn lighting is just as important however as it can provide some of the necessities for life when the sun goes down. It can provide warmth for the animals staying there and would also mean they can get a proper sleep schedule as they would go to sleep with all the lights turned off. An efficient way to use the lights inside so all the animals get sufficient lighting and warmth is to use spotlights and wall lights along each stable or split one spotlight over two stables depending on how far away they are from each other and how many stables are in the barn. This would provide enough lighting to make the animals feel comfortable and make them feel as though the sun hasn’t gone down and also calm them down ready for when they go to sleep. It would be important to not light up the interior too brightly because it could aggravate some animals and make them feel uncomfortable. The bright lights could also damage their eyes if they were to directly look at them so it’s important to get some which create a lower light level and is enough to promote warmth but also make them tired as the day goes along.
Another efficient way to light the interior of the barn is to use layering which is using different lights to create different levels of intensity across the barn which all add to the overall lighting effect. For example if there are multiple types of animals in the barn such as chickens and pigs, the chickens may need a more intense light to keep them warmer, or they might not need any light at all so the lights would be positioned so the brightest lights are at the end and the dimmest ones are at the front or vice versa. This further suits the animals needs depending on the animal and also means that the light intensity can be changed depending on how much light is in the barn in the first place, so if it’s a dull overcast day and the lighting in the barn isn’t as light as usual, then the interior lighting could be used to make up for the light that would usually be there.
To conclude, lighting in barns for the exterior and interior is important and can be essential for creating warmth for the animals that stay inside as well as creating subtleness and ambience for the path leading up to the barn and the exterior. Making the area approachable and make it seem friendlier. It’s also important for the path as any changes in the level such as steps or a small hill could be potentially dangerous if not highlighted properly. There are different ways to light up the interior depending on the size of the barn, the area it’s in and the animals that could be staying inside. Using spotlights and wall lights could be an efficient way if the barn is just housing one type of animal such as a horse but if there are different animals that are staying there then layering the lights to create different levels of intensity across the barn to suit different animals needs would be more beneficial as they are able to change intensity depending on the day and would make the animal feel more comfortable.
Give us a call today and arrange an initial consultation with a member of our experienced lighting design team to help transform your barn with ideal lighting. Call us today on 0161 207 0212.