Common Hotel Lighting Mistakes

While a very standard element for any property, lighting is arguably one of the most substantial aspects of a hotel’s design.

The right lighting can completely change the mood of a room and alter guest experience at the same time. Making sure your lighting fixtures are not only well-designed but also provide sufficient brightness is essential to accommodating both guest and staff needs.

Though lighting may seem like a simple concept, there are many ways that it can go wrong. Here are some of the most common hotel lighting mistakes and how to fix them:

1. Only Using One Type of Light Per Room

A frequent hotel lighting mistake is only selecting one type of fixture to light up a whole room.

To fully light up a space, hoteliers need to incorporate three different lighting types: Ambient, Task, and Accent.

  • Ambient lighting is the general lighting basis for the whole room, such as overhead lights, and is the most essential type of light for any space.
  • Accent lighting comes in the form of table lamps and sconces. Using overhead lighting alone won’t light up an area entirely, leaving the walls appearing dark. Accents are necessary to wash light over vertical spaces so that the room’s walls are adequately lit.
  • Task lighting, such as desk lamps, must be strategically placed so guests can easily see when reading and writing. Task lighting is a necessary addition for guest convenience and comfort.

2. Choosing the Wrong Lighting For the Space

Just as each room in a hotel serves a different purpose, so should lighting for the individual areas. One thing to consider is how bright a location needs to be to serve its main objectives. For example, a hotel lobby must have sufficient light for staff to efficiently complete duties like guest check-ins and other administrative tasks. However, in lower activity areas like hallways and corridors, you’ll want less intense, more ambient lighting. You may risk over- or under-lighting a space if you don’t pick the correct lumens based on the desired effect you’re looking to create.

3. Ignoring Sizing Needs

Size is another commonly overlooked aspect when considering lighting for rooms. You’ll need the scale of your lights to be proportional to the area and its size, which affects both design and function. Poor sizing design choice might mean selecting overhead lights that are too short for the room’s height, as pendant lights should be visible and not too close to the ceiling. Improper sizing will influence an area’s brightness, mainly if you choose a fixture that is too small to light up the whole space. You must factor in both design and functionality when determining the size of your light fixtures.

4. Not Customizing Selected Lighting

Lighting is never a one-size-fits-all proposition. Every fixture and bulb needs to be treated as its own entity, even if they are in the same room. Each light requires a separate switch and dimmer for individual control. Your lighting should change throughout the day, as well. You don’t want the same level of brightness for day and night. Customize automatic settings, so your lights adjust according to the time of day to provide guests with the best ambiance at all times.

Why You Need a Consultant

More complex rooms with several different areas, such as lobbies, will need multiple kinds of lighting at various lumens, sizes, and color temperatures to create an entirely functional atmosphere.

With design, sizing, bulb choices, and more, there are many aspects to consider in the design process. An FF&E procurement specialist will review your project drawings to consider both furniture placement and electrical sources and verify the outlets are placed in the correct location. Making sure that lighting levels are met while achieving the desired effect of a room is a complicated task, so outsourcing to an expert is the best way to guarantee every detail has been considered and planned for accordingly.

As leaders in design-driven purchasing®, Innvision Hospitality guides you every step of the way, from determining the best lighting options for your hotel to advising you on how to avoid lighting mistakes. Want to learn more? Please reach out online or call 888-875-6202 to speak with us directly.