Lighting Design Goals

Guests begin forming impression about your property as soon as they drive up to the main entrance. A bright inviting entrance canopy, attractive landscape lighting and a well lit parking area immediately puts individuals at ease. The lobby and reception area should invite people and make them feel welcome. Adequate light levels and well placed luminaires help orient guests and enhance their comfort level. Drawing attention to carefully selected floral arrangements, artwork, curios and furnishings enhance their appeals and help make your property a treasure in its own right.

  • Good lighting design is a balance between the following three areas:
    • Human Needs
    • Visibility
    • Task performance
    • Visual comfort
    • Safety
  • Environmental and Economic Issues
    • Cost of lighting system ownership
    • Energy costs
    • Sustainability
  • Architectural
    • Lighting systems complement building design

Regardless of the space or area being illuminated, the design scheme usually employs a “layered” approach, combining the three basic categories of lighting:

  • General (also called ambient lighting),
  • Local (also called accent or task lighting)
  • Decorative

Lighting for hospitality facilities, including hotels, motels, and food service outlets, must help staff and guests to see and comprehend their environment in order to move about and work within it. In this type of environment, the psychological factors of lighting are critical. If you create an attractive, comfortable, functional environment, the lighting design will become a brand support and marketing tool.

Hospitality spaces often require that a variety of activities take place in the same area. Function rooms are used for banquets, candlelit dinners, dancing, meetings, lectures, trade shows, and conferences. To accommodate these different visual tasks and their varied levels of illuminance and light distribution, several lighting systems are required and must be operated in combination or separately with switching and dimming controls.

Lighting must provide an environment that can relax or energize people as desired, and quite simply “feels good” to the occupants.

Lighting systems must be flexible and adaptable to guests’ specific needs and activities. Inadequate amounts of light cause visual discomfort and in some cases can compromise safety. Lighting should deliver illuminance levels appropriate to the tasks being performed. Too much light can also cause visual discomfort and consumes more energy than required. More detailed information is available in Chapter 28 of the 20th Edition IES Lighting Handbook: Lighting for Hospitality and Entertainment. 

Lighting should be controllable, either by automated building control systems or by allowing the occupants themselves to vary light levels and determine where the light is directed based on activities, time of day, ambient light levels or tasks to be performed. Illuminance levels in glassed in spaces such as health clubs, atriums and lobbies should be controlled based on the availability of natural daylight by incorporating “daylight harvesting” technologies. Even the most simple occupancy sensor is a step towards energy savings, turning the lights off when a space is unoccupied.

Lighting should help promote your brand image. Highlighting unique architectural elements, signage and ID, facades, thoroughfares, etc. will all contribute to presenting a positive corporate image.