Understanding Code-Compliant Integrated Ceiling Solutions

Using modern ceiling installation systems to meet design intent, IBC code requirements, and construction schedules
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Amanda Voss, MPP

Design Details: Lighting Integration

Lighting integrated within a ceiling’s suspension system offers the benefits of code compliance, easy installation, and plug-and-play capability needed for today’s flexible spaces. Ceiling manufacturer suspension systems specifically designed for integration with lighting, reduce trade coordination and labor requirements. Lighting fixtures can even install from below into the ceiling suspension system, eliminating construction coordination hassles, while reducing required plenum depth.

For example, pre-engineered extruded aluminum light coves for direct and indirect applications can integrate with acoustical or drywall ceiling suspension systems even in low plenum clearance areas and provide predictable lighting performance with a variety of prequalified lighting partners. Installation time and labor are reduced up to 50 percent. Working with the ceiling manufacturer early in the process as the lighting plan is considered ensures details are per your specifications and are not solved for on the jobsite.

Pre-engineered lighting options include:

T-bar suspension system lighting: zero plenum lighting fixtures install like a standard cross tee for increased ceiling heights and minimal plenum interference.

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T-bar suspension system lighting: zero plenum lighting fixtures install like a standard cross tee for increased ceiling heights and minimal plenum interference.

Acoustical cloud lighting: custom-look acoustical clouds with integrated lighting are packaged in easy-to-specify kits. These options provide outstanding performance for collaborative and focus areas in open plenum environments.

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Acoustical cloud lighting: custom-look acoustical clouds with integrated lighting are packaged in easy-to-specify kits. These options provide outstanding performance for collaborative and focus areas in open plenum environments.

On-center linear lighting: acoustical suspension systems provide lighting layout symmetry options using standard components to compliment your building design.

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On-center linear lighting: acoustical suspension systems provide lighting layout symmetry options using standard components to compliment your building design.

Technical zone lighting: effectively integrate all technical services for an organized, simplified, monolithic ceiling visual, including lighting, diffusers, and sprinklers in metal, wood, and acoustical ceilings.

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Technical zone lighting: effectively integrate all technical services for an organized, simplified, monolithic ceiling visual, including lighting, diffusers, and sprinklers in metal, wood, and acoustical ceilings.

Direct and indirect cove lighting: pre-engineered extruded aluminum light coves with integrated light fixtures provide predictable lighting performance.

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Direct and indirect cove lighting: pre-engineered extruded aluminum light coves with integrated light fixtures provide predictable lighting performance.

 

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Originally published in Architectural Record

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