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Illuminated Hospitality - Creating the perfect mood

01.10.2015 /  Uncategorized

We have all been to restaurants where everything looks right; the menu, the furniture, the décor; but somehow the atmosphere is not inviting you to have a seat. Usually the problem is lighting. Unless you are running a fast food canteen and want your clients to vacate their seats as soon as possible, lighting is a key tool to create a pleasant and practical atmosphere for your guests to enjoy.

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Once you bring a bottle to the table, lighting has two important roles in the situation. First, you will want your guests to be able to easily see the product, assess the colour of the drink, and maybe even snap an image for a sweet comment on a review or rating website. In design speak, this function is called task lighting – practical illumination targeting areas of action, for example countertops and tables. A common mistake is to think that task lighting will be provided with general illumination such as chandeliers. In order to distinguish details, our eyes need a fair amount of contrast. This means that the task area should be more brightly lit than the surroundings. Luckily, there are pendants and spotlights that allow to control the direction of light in detail.

The second main reason to really think through your lighting design is the comfort of your guests. The main enemy to conflict with a relaxing experience is glare from uncovered luminaires. Some people are more sensitive to direct glare than others; and for some, this effect can be totally intolerable and tiresome. So far, lampshades of varying opacity have helped to prevent glare, but with the fast introduction of the energy-efficient LED as a preferred light source for all illumination, new ways of glare-free lighting have become available. Because of the small size of the new light sources, they are extremely easy to conceal within decor and furniture, providing pleasant indirect lighting without causing any glare.

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Besides the improving the experience for your guests, lighting is something to carefully consider for another practical reasons. Many drinks are sensitive to light and heat, especially finer beers and wines. The most damage is done by the ultraviolet end of the light spectrum. This is the short wavelengths that causes fading to fabrics and sunburn to our skin.

So far, most electric lighting has been a huge source of heat and UV radiation. LED as a light source has also solved a large portion these problems. With very little heat directed with the light, high quality LED luminaires also produce very little UV radiation. Because of this, they have become the favourite illumination source for museum artefacts and art galleries. And of course, connoisseurs of fine drinks who wish to prominently display their merchandise.

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Although it is often claimed otherwise, LED luminaires do produce heat while operating. However, the heat is directed away from the light beam, towards the back of the luminaire. Because of this, one should take care about built-in lighting in closed cabinets and ensure the LED lighting in installed within high quality aluminium housing profiles. These not only conceal the LED lighting in a professional manner but also act as a heat sink, thusly reducing the operating temperature of the LED lighting and increasing their lifespan. There is no need to worry about the beam of light damaging the merchandise. We recommend using the German brand Reprofil who specialise in high quality, affordable and architectural aluminium profiles for almost every lighting application. Reprofil is available exclusively through Lightcore, a professional LED lighting supply firm. Of course, this only applies as long as high quality products are preferred over budget-friendly solutions.

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Discussing your venue lighting with a specialist such as Neue will allow you to understand your needs and possibilities, and achieve an optimal result that will meet both your requirements and budget.

Neue is a lighting design and supply firm passionate about helping people better understand lighting and rethink how lighting can and should work within their space.

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