Light is one of the most important aspect of the retail environment. It is a vast and open area for expression and emotional effect. Lighting designers must use their experience, creativity and talent to navigate the complex array of technologies and their uses. This is in part aided by standards and requirements, and in part informed by the results of research and time – tested theories. Until recently, the combination of these many factors was chaotic and criteria incomprehensible. At Spoon Lighting and controls we realized that the lighting industry needed a regulated and systemized lighting assessment tool that would enable simple, fast and effective evaluation of lighting solutions. A system that would help not only the designers, but also the customers, supporting them to work together in choosing the best options to meet their needs. That system is the Lighting Quality Standard.

In life, rules are important. When it comes to creating an effective, efficient and safe lighting solution, one that enables visual comfort and acuity as well as performing a stimulating and emotionally engaging role, there are defined guidelines and parameters to follow. The Lighting Quality Standard forma a logical frame work within which both the objective and subjective aspects of a solution can be judged, helping everyone involved in the realization process stay on track and achieve the best results. It was impossible for customers to judge the quality and suitability of different products, and therefore compare and assess complex solutions. We offer LQS to the lighting world as a tool for all to use and benefit from. It is not merely an aid, it is a significant step forwards for the lighting industry. The whole assessment is categorized into six areas, the 6 E's: ERGONOMICS, EMOTION, ECOLOGY, EFFICIENCY, ESPRIT and EXCEPTIONALITY. The first four are objectively assessable, forming the so-called walls of an ideal structure. The last two are subjective, providing the roof of the structure, completing it and perfecting it. Each category cannot be effectively assessed separate from the others. The fullest and most advantageous result can only be achieve when all elements are viewed as a holistic whole. That is the philosophy of LQS, where the structure of the world we live in is crystal clear.