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June 6, 2022
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Hotel Lighting Guide

Decorative lighting and functional lighting serve their purpose in hotels and if utilized correctly, can help modernize your hotel to look clean, modern, and welcoming.

Hotel Lighting Guide
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Make your hotel stand out above the rest

Lighting has become increasingly important when it comes to designing a space.

While its main function is to illuminate a room, it can add so much more to a given space and easily change the look and feel of your hotel’s atmosphere.

Both decorative lighting and functional lighting serve their purpose in hotels and if utilized correctly, can help a space to look clean, modern, and welcoming.

Lighting should also feel appropriate based on your brand and clientele. For example, luxury hotels will require different lighting design than a hotel in an airport.

When designing your hotel lighting, there are a few key considerations to keep in mind, which we will discuss in detail below.

Key Considerations

Get creative with your lobby lighting

The lobby is your guests first impression of the hotel, giving you the opportunity to get creative by mixing dramatic and unique fixtures such as beautiful chandeliers or pendant lighting, with practical fixtures like pot lights or lamps.

In addition to adding style, lobby lighting can help make the transition from the outside in a smooth one.

The transition area should have soft lighting or use a warmer tone to allow guests eyes to adjust. Dimmers can also come in handy – allowing you to adjust based on the time of day.

Consider your ceiling height and finish

Installing lighting on spaces with finished ceilings vs lighting on drywall or plaster ceiling (lack of smooth surface) will have very different processes. You'll want to ensure you hire a A skilled Lighting Designer and/or an Electrician to assist with this process.

Lighting can also help adjust for very low or very high ceilings by making the area look more spacious and open. Evenly spread light is a key element in opening up a space and lighting up all areas.

Use layered lighting

Layered lighting involves mixing the 3 different types of lighting in a single space: ambient, accent, and task lighting.

  • Ambient lighting refers to your general lighting that comes on from the flick of a button. This includes chandeliers, pendants, floor lamps, downlights, and wall mounted lights.
  • Task lighting refers to fixtures that help increase light to better accomplish a specific task. This generally refers to table or desk lamps.
  • Lastly, accent lighting are fixtures that focus on lighting up particular objects or artifacts. It is also used outdoors to help light up pathways and gardens. This includes spotlights, flood lights, positional lamps, LED tape, and recessed downlights.
Keep guest room lighting simple

The last thing that your guests want to worry about after checking in is complex lighting.

Keep it simple, and practical.

Layered lighting works especially well in guest rooms, especially because it allows guests to create the environment that they want, depending on the time of day.

Most often you will want to include recessed downlights in the common areas and in the bathroom, a mixture of table and floor lamps (sometimes wall mounted lamps), and a few extra lighting options in the bathroom; either mirror lighting, vanities, downlights over the shower, or in some cases, under cabinet lighting.

Certain areas of the hotel should be lit for safety

Outdoor/indoor parking lots, hallways and staircases are areas that require brighter lighting to allow guests to easily and safely navigate the space.

Emergency lighting should be spotted throughout the hotel to ensure guests can find the exit in the event of an emergency.

Think energy efficiency

Hotels are a 24/7 operation, which means a lot of energy is being used.

With LED lighting, the hit to your electricity bill isn't quite as bad as it once was when fluorescent lighting was the norm.

Now-a-days, you can find just about any fixture as an LED.

Choosing LED can not only lower your electricity bill and reduce your maintenance costs over the long-term, but they allow you to save a lot of energy annually, thus allowing you to reduce your overall carbon footprint.

Lighting by room type

The chart below will give you a quick overview on the types of lighting fixtures that are best suited for different parts of a hotel.

To check out some options for your next hotel lighting project, visit our Hotel and Hospitality Catalogue.

FYI: most hospitality projects are custom jobs, so the list of products shown is not conclusive. We can order any lighting fixture that you need for your project!

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If you have any questions about your hotel lighting, please reach out to your team!

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