Now even a standard room can remarkably be transformed with incredible lighting and can have a solid effect on making visitors feel luxurious. Hotel Lighting basically includes:
- Task Lighting,
- Ambient Lighting and
- Accent Lighting.
Areas used for Reading, Computer, Dining & Service come under task lighting. Task Lighting is usually executed using specialized luminaries, which concentrate bright and direct light onto the focus areas.
Ambient lighting, also called as general lighting, emanates comfortable level of brightness without causing glare. Luminaires generally used for ambient lighting includes chandeliers, ceiling mounted fixtures, downlighters etc.
Accent lighting is also called decorative lighting. The purpose of accent lighting is to create visual interest. It draws the attention of the visitors towards a wall mounted painting, house plants, sculpture, architectural effect, wall texture, window treatments and other prized possessions. It needs the lighting point to be at least three times more lit as compared to the surrounding general lighting.
The successful Hotel Lighting design can only be achieved by right mix of all the three type of lighting mentioned above. To effectively use that, the lighting designer must use all the different types of luminaires needed for the three types of lighting. In the process of selecting the right product mix, the lighting designer must also consider the energy requirements, the target budget and other regulatory requirements pertaining to hotel lighting.
With increase in architecturally complex designs of New age hotels, the biggest challenge is to light up large open public space such as the lobby. The hotel lobby today are used for different purposes e.g. events, eating, computer work, watching television and socializing. For the same reason lighting a lobby too has become complex as it has to respond to the different lighting requirements for different needs. For example the a meeting zone within a lobby may need ambient & task lighting however the socializing zone may need ambient & accent lighting.
Also, the lighting of a hotel room must focus on the overall lighting design because the guest check-in to a hotel to rest and refresh. To avoid flaws in the lighting design and visitor complaints, a standard hotel room lighting design must include below mentioned types of lighting-
- To provide ambience, safety & cleaning, general ambient lighting must be provided,
- For activities like reading, writing, working on a computer, task lighting must be incorporated into the hotel room design,
- Lighting the personal mirror on the room, dressing area or bathroom for sufficient face light,
- Overhead lighting in the shower,
- Accent lighting for a special effect on a particular area within the hotel room,
- Lighting near or inside the wardrobe,
- Subtle night lighting for visitors to find their way.
Lighting is a comparatively economical approach to include a critical design element amid either new construction or renovation. At the point, with a good lighting design, the space feels right and it’s not a misrepresentation to say that the quality of lighting defines the standard of a Hotel.