Pharmacy Applications
Last Update: March 12, 2012
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Pharmacy Design


Lighting for pharmacy retail stores supports the bright, clean, and simple design aesthetic that conveys a sense of value to customers. Introducing daylight throughout pharmacy stores reinforces the bright, clean design and provides an opportunity to reduce long term lighting energy costs with lighting controls. Customers and staff thoroughly enjoy brighter stores with more daylight, and in many cases experience increased sales.


Toplighting strategies can be applied throughout most pharmacy retail stores, taking advantage of typically single story buildings. The store perimeter and central aisle areas are illuminated with low glare tubular skylights. With a one to one spacing to mounting height ratio, the merchandise is uniformly lighted with quality daylight. Providing uniform illumination is important when trying to incorporate a controls strategy that attempts to conserve energy by lowering electric light levels in response to the availability of daylight. 


In the general sales area, ambient light is provided with recessed linear direct fluorescent luminaires. Typically luminaires with two lamps (T8) in cross section illuminate the general area and product shelving. With products often stacked high on the top shelves, recessed lighting is often preferred to avoid conflict of products and luminaires. Fluorescents have the advantage of being dimmable in response to daylight availability, have long life compared to HID lamps, and have excellent color rendering properties.  

Perimeter Lighting

Brightness around the store perimeter improves visual clarity in the space by lighting wall surfaces, signage, and other aesthetic or way-finding features. Fluorescent sources are used to achieve uniform wall brightness around the store. Soon, LEDs may also be considered for perimeter lighting. Currently, LED technology must be carefully evaluated for reliability and cost is often too high to be considered viable for use on a large scale.

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