In recent years, there has been a shift in how hotels have been designed. The hospitality industry is now catering to accommodate the needs of every customer – from those who choose to rest and relax in their rooms and to guests who use the hotel as a place to socialize, do business and play.
Here are the key lighting trends hotels are implementing to define their individuality and differentiate themselves from their competition.
1. LED Lighting
LED lighting is evolving rapidly within the hospitality space with infinite possibilities, reliability and energy efficiency. “LED lighting is six to seven times more efficient than conventional lighting and can last up to 25 times longer,” according to the US Department of Energy website.
While the upfront costs for LED lighting are initially higher, hotels and restaurants continue to adopt light-emitting diodes over CFL, incandescent, halogen and fluorescent because the overall energy costs associated with LED lighting are significantly lower when calculated over an entire lifespan of use.
2. Control Systems
Smarter lighting control systems allow hoteliers to regulate the use of light. Hotel managers and restaurant owners are becoming increasingly aware of the cost savings and reduced energy consumption benefits of lighting control innovation, and these control systems allow for smarter data input, on-off signal from switches or sensors and dynamic lighting. The automation of lights to turn on and off in a space based on time scheduling or occupancy/vacancy sensors is a huge energy saver.
Dynamic and Scene based lighting allow managers to set the mood and enhance the experience of their guests, creating environments which are comfortable and being energy efficient while they do it. Today, lighting has moved beyond turning a switch on and off and control systems allow for flexibility within the hospitality sector.
3. Lighting as Design
Hotel and restaurant operators seek to differentiate themselves from their competitors and what better way to stand out by using lighting aesthetically as well as serving functionally.
The options are endless – from ambient indirect lighting, wall washing vertical surfaces and cutting edge technology, we’re finding hotels and restaurants are seeking custom light fixtures, up-cycled chandeliers and custom neon signs.