Lighting Options by Space or Area

Corridors, Stairwells and Transition Areas

Lighting serves as a welcome guide in corridors, stairwells and transition areas, providing a bright atmosphere where there is usually no natural light. It helps guests find their way from the elevator to their rooms and promotes a feeling of safety by indicating emergency exits. Well-lit stairwells are a clear sign that hotel management holds the guests’ security in high regard.

Design Tips

  • Energy efficient, long life lighting products should always be used in these 24/7 spaces
  • Lighting should provide good facial recognition, and illumination of room numbers, directional signage and entry locks.
  • Illuminance levels should be higher in room level elevator lobbies, especially at the elevator thresholds.
  • Consider bi-level controls paired with occupancy sensors in stairwells, vending and service areas and other less frequently used spaces to provide full illumination when it’s needed and save energy when lower light levels will suffice. You’ll save up to 30% in energy use without compromising guests’ comfort.
  • Guests sometimes find long corridors disorientating and claustrophobic. This “tunnel effect” often found in long corridors should be minimized by creating areas of varying luminance on walls and ceilings Accent lighting on wall graphics, artwork, statues, planters, etc. makes these areas more invigorating and visually interesting.
  • Down lighting should be provided above recessed room entrance alcoves.