Architectural lighting effectively utilizes lighting & lighting fixtures throughout the space to enhance the design elements of the structure and also to ensure the best lighting within the space. Helping to create an atmosphere and ambiance. Generally, when it comes to architectural lighting there are 3 most common types of lighting, cove, soffit, and valance. However, honeycomb lighting has also become a lighting design staple that not only enhances the lighting within the space it also allows for many photography benefits and is incredible when placed in high-end automotive customization shops. 


Hyer Quality Detail, high-end paint protection & automotive customization shop based in Tempe, Az, recently added honeycomb lighting to their automotive space and the results have been fantastic. Not only does the grid style lighting structure lend architectural design to the shop it also allows for the perfect lighting to see and take pictures of the incredible paint protection services, variant wheels, headlight customization services they offer. So what exactly is honeycomb lighting and what are its effects?

Honeycomb lighting gets its name because of its tight grid structure that resembles the honeycombs made by honeybees. The light shines through the grid creating a tight beam of light that is aimed to create a focused beam with very little diffusion. The size of the grid also dictates the tightness of the light beam. There are also honeycomb grids that can be attached to the flash of a camera to better distribute and create the right light when taking a photo. Basically, the honeycomb lighting within Hyer Quality Detail allows for tight direct light to hit the finished vehicles resulting in a brilliance beyond compare. And while this lighting feature didn’t come cheap the added value it has brought to their business and to the finished products their clients see definitely makes the purchase worth it and a pretty sound investment!

As far as the most common form of architectural lighting goes here is a little breakdown on the trio most commonly used in architectural design.

Cove Lighting- this lighting is located in a ledge, shelf, or recess high up on a wall. The light projected is bounced toward the ceiling or upper wall. 

Soffit Lighting- This lighting is located in the soffit or cornice near the ceiling. The light is aimed to radiate downwards washing the wall in light.

Valance Lighting- this lighting comes in the form of a wood, metal, or glass horizontal shield. Valance lighting tends to be mounted above a window or high up on a wall with lighting bouncing up and down. This bouncing liht technique is known as indirect lighting and is favored by most lighting design professionals. Indirect light minimizes shadow & glare which makes it the most used architectural lighting in terms of ambient lighting.