Lighting in hospitality

When furnishing hotels, bars or restaurants, experience is key.

Lighting is a crucial factor that shapes the setting and contributes to a great experience. The right choice of lighting ensures that a room and all its architectural elements get exactly the attention they need and it contributes to a consistent whole. Find out what to look out for when choosing the right lighting for hotels and restaurants.

Lighting design

The choice of lighting is often seen as a finishing touch, but in fact it is the basis of a good architectural design. The right lighting makes or breaks your location, so it deserves all your attention when you are still in the design phase of your architectural plan. Think, for example, of tables in a restaurant. In order to provide each table with the perfect backlight, it is necessary to take into account the placement of all the lighting to create an even light distribution for each individual table.

When choosing lighting, always keep the comfort of your customers in mind. A restaurant or bar can be innovative, but if your customers cannot read the menu or see the food, your concept is useless. The best way to avoid reflections is to place the lighting outside the natural field of vision of your guests. Reflective objects such as mirrors or smooth surfaces should be placed with extra care, making sure they do not disturb your customers.

Light as a conductor

When people walk into a hotel or restaurant, it is important to give them a clear overview of where they should go and where they can find something. In a hotel, it is essential that the reception is positioned as a central point so that your guests can be helped immediately. By working with focal points and varying the brightness, you can determine which parts of the room you want to accentuate or emphasise. In this way, your guests are given a clear, yet subtle direction.

Layered lighting

Each layer in your lighting fulfils a different function in your location. For example, one type contributes to the visual, aesthetic aspect. While another type of lighting is essential for producing additional functional light. The first and most important light source is 'natural light'. This type of light determines the general light level in your room and forms the basis for other layers.

Then there is task-oriented lighting. This functional type of lighting is placed in occupied places where it is simply necessary to provide additional lighting, such as receptions, kitchens, cashier's offices...

Then there is accent lighting that puts extra emphasis on specific elements of your interior. Ranging from upward wall lighting to lighting behind your bar. Finally, decorative lighting completes the list. It gives your hotel or restaurant a personal touch. The functional aspect is less important here; accent lighting is all about creating a unique personality. All these types of light must be used in a balanced way to do justice to the room.