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10 Creative Office Ceiling Lighting Ideas

May 24, 2022
10 Creative Office Ceiling Lighting Ideas

Gone are the days of generic light fixtures and offices flooded by flickering fluorescent lights. Today’s office ceiling lighting makes a statement and furthers the unique aesthetics of each space. 

These creative office ceiling lighting ideas will inspire you to think outside the box and use lighting as a design element rather than simply a functional one.

1. Scatter Light Through a Massive Perforated Pane

Office Ceiling Lighting
“CMM New Headquarters” Los Angeles, CA, ENV, Costea Photo (Photographer), Featuring: VaporSoft® Trail by Arktura

Lighting a large space with a massive perforated panel is the ultimate design statement. VaporSoft® Trail powder-coated aluminum panels feature seemingly endless trails of tapering perforations and illuminate the space with integrated backlighting. 

2. Reimagine Fluorescent Tube Lighting with Long Beams of LED Light

Reimagine Fluorescent Tube Lighting with Long Beams of LED Light“Advanced Clinical” Chicago, IL, Box Studios- CH,  J.J. Jetel (Photographer), Featuring: SoftGrid® Flux by Arktura

Many of us likely remember sitting in school and taking a test under that one light that just wouldn’t stop flickering. While it’s great that fluorescent lighting is making its way out of the office — no more eye twitch-inducing flickering — there’s something nostalgic about fluorescent tube lighting. 

To reimagine the look and function of fluorescent tube lights without the toxic materials and UV light that they emit, long beams of LED lights were paired with SoftGrid® Flux acoustic ceiling modules to give this old-school lighting design a chic, modern look. 

3. The Evolution of the Classic Ceiling Tile Look with Checkerboard Lighted Panels

The Evolution of the Classic Ceiling Tile Look with Checkerboard Lighted Panels“Modern Ceiling” Featuring: SoftSpan® & SoundBar® Connectivity by Arktura

Decorative tin ceilings rose to popularity in the 1880s as a more affordable evolution of decorative and intricate plaster ceilings seen in Europe. The open grid pattern of SoftSpan® paired with integrated lighting coffers is the next evolution of a classic tiled ceiling. Pair it with a Soft Sound® Wood texture finish to evoke the look and feel of timber trellises. 

Further evolving the design, we have integrated SoftSpan® with another award-winning system to create a fully customizable lighting experience with endless possibilities. SoundBar® linear baffles are seen spanning the gap in between the SoftSpan® grids and shooting light through the space. 

4. Creative LED Arrays Emit Tons of Light and Inspiration

Creative LED Arrays Emit Tons of Light and Inspiration
“Confidential Financial Company” Bellevue, WA, Gensler Denver, Ryan Gobuty (Photographer),  Featuring: Corporate Café Credit Card Lighting Feature by Arktura

When it comes to lighting design with Arktura, your imagination really is the limit. In this inspired design for a financial company, custom-designed rods in varying lengths were inspired by double-curved surfaces to create a wave effect spanning the ceiling.

Office Ceiling Lighting Ideas“Confidential Financial Company” Bellevue, WA, Gensler Denver, Ryan Gobuty (Photographer), Featuring: Corporate Café Credit Card Lighting Feature by Arktura

On closer inspection, this unique design becomes even more incredible. At the end of each rod is either a credit card or LED light specially engineered with seamless acrylic box enclosures that ensure light is dispersed evenly to create a consistent glow. 

5. Combine Acoustic Control, Lighting, and Cutting Edge Aesthetics All in One

This large office space’s ceiling design incorporates SoftSpan® 24, SoftSpan® 48, and SoundBar®.
“Natural Tone Lobby” Featuring: SoftSpan® 24SoftSpan® 48, and SoundBar® by Arktura

Can a ceiling do everything? Yes. With SoftSpan® and SoundBar® connectivity, you can create a ceiling that incorporates acoustic control, innovative lighting, and cutting-edge aesthetics all in one space.

Depending on the needs of the space, you can choose from different sized trellises in our SoftSpan® 24, SoftSpan® 48 or SoftSpan® 48A systems. You can also integrate multiple sizes for a custom design solution. Our Soft Sound® material is engineered to reduce the impact of everyday noise, and with an extensive color and texture library, you’ll find the perfect way to enhance your design.

6. Glowing Orbs Set a Productive Mood Hanging Amongst Acoustic Baffles

Glowing Orbs Set a Productive Mood Hanging Amongst Acoustic Baffles“Lumber Liquidators”, Richmond, VA, Evolve Architecture, Adam N. Goldsmith (Photographer),  Featuring: SoundBar® by Arktura

Not only can our systems be integrated with each other, but they can also be integrated with third-party systems to create a one-of-a-kind design. In this ceiling system, SoundBar® baffles with custom Soft Sound® colors are combined with third-party linear light bars and glowing orb lights to set a productive yet serene mood.

7. Wall to Ceiling Perforations Meet Linear Lighting & Acoustic Performance 

Glowing Orbs Set a Productive Mood Hanging Amongst Acoustic Baffles“Futuristic Workspace” Featuring: Vapor® Element

The equal-sized circular perforations of Vapor® Element combine with a wall to ceiling install to create a feeling of consistency and confidence throughout a space. Paired with backlit longitudinal lighting that infuses this space with a sense of fast-paced movement, it creates a design that stuns. Soft Sound® backers enhance acoustic performance and add another design element by integrating color contrast as well as sound-dampening capabilities.

8. Spherical Glass Fixtures Hanging From Trellised Paneling Recalls a Quiet Evening in the Garden

Spherical Glass Fixtures Hanging From Trellised Paneling Recalls a Quiet Evening in the Garden“Close Up” Featuring: SoftSpan® 24 by Arktura

The SoftSpan® 24 ceiling system allows you to bring the aesthetic beauty of a garden trellis indoors but without the weight, making it a beautiful and functional ceiling installation. To enhance the feeling of a quiet evening in the garden, softly glowing spherical glass fixtures complete the experience.

9. Lean Into Web-like Baffles Paired with Floating Light SourcesLean Into Web-like Baffles Paired with Floating Light Sources“Ajinomoto HQ”, Itasca, IL, Shive Hattery, AJ Brown Imaging LLC (Photographer), Featuring: SoftScreen® Trace and SoftGrid® Flux by Arktura

In a stunning example of both SoftGrid® Flux and SoftScreen® Trace, this office’s ceiling design utilizes a geometric web-like shape to evoke interest and draw attention upward. Paired with floating-like circular lighting fixtures, this space’s unique design is sure to keep you guessing.

10. Utilize Two Sources of Light with One Embedded in a Geometrically Faceted Drop Ceiling

Utilize Two Sources of Light with One Embedded in a Geometrically Faceted Drop Ceiling“Exact Sciences Discovery Campus” Deerfield, WI, Potter Lawson Inc., Mike Rebholz (Photographer), Featuring Delta Drop® 2×4 by Arktura

For a ceiling that is truly multi-dimensional, the Delta Drop® 2×4 ceiling system introduces faceted and dimensional geometry to a ceiling design. Integrated backlighting glows from behind the perforations, and for even more illumination, third-party lighting can also be integrated with the system to create a design that is as stunning as it is functional. 

Get Creative with Arktura’s Extensive Range of Ceiling Systems

No matter what design or aesthetic you’re creating, we have a product that will integrate seamlessly into the space and can be enhanced with your choice of lighting systems. From longitudinal bar lighting and integrated backlighting to third-party lighting systems, you can work with our team of designers to create the best ceiling for your space.

Contact the design team at Arktura today to create a one-of-a-kind ceiling that enhances the design aesthetic.


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