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Tips For Hotel Lighting

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Do not let lighting issues cast a an unwelcome shadow on your rating! A study by Osram in 2014 showed that customers frequently criticized lighting quality in hotel feedback. The hotels in London for instance were subjected reviews focused on lighting. Many guests were complaining of dim, poor lighting, and dim lighting in their rooms.

For you to get glowing reviews for your hotel, expert in lighting Heinrich Bohm, a Senior Designer and Associate, gives some of his tips!


In the words of the late Mr. Bohm, when hotel lighting is well-designed, you won’t observe the difference, “but when it isn’t then you will definitely notice!” He explains that lighting design and layout is usually given by electrical professionals, which means that style isn’t always at front of the agenda. A light planner that can design the lighting’s appearance especially in public spaces – is vital to prevent negative first impressions.

2. Adjust the lighting to reflect changes in HOTEL Layouts

“Hotel foyers are evolving,” explains Bohm. With that, so is the lighting in foyers. The traditional design consisting of separate entrances bar, restaurant and check-in zone is becoming replaced by open spaces that allow for different functions to can be performed in one place. Lighting must therefore be able to adjust to adapt to the different usage of the space throughout the day. For example, in the morning the cool lighting could be utilized for breakfast, whereas in the evening, warmer lighting can help create a more cozy environment. Other areas like the bar could require a separation by using contrast lighting when it is not being used.

3. Maintain your concept

It’s not easy to distinguish to walk between having a presence and being out of the area. Statement lamps can be an ideal focus for guests, However, it’s vital to make sure they match the overall style of an hotel. This is true for public areas and rooms as well. In addition to being a feature of design as such, lamps can also be utilized to emphasize features of architecture or ornamentation that give a hotel an distinctive style or define its design.


There should be light at the beginning of this tunnel, and not only at the end! As Bohm says: “corridors are often overlooked in terms of designing lighting.” Because they constitute an integral aspect of the journey from the foyer to rooms, they need to connect all the areas in your hotel in a manner that is reflective of the ambience in other areas. While adequate lighting is essential to help you find your way however, there shouldn’t be huge temperatures of light as you move through various spaces.

5. KEEP Room Lighting Flexible

One room, multiple of functions. Lighting in hotel rooms must be sufficiently bright to function and also comfortable enough to allow you to unwind. It is crucial that guests have enough lighting. In the words of Bohm among the top essential fittings is the reading lamp. The other thing he recommends is “A master switch that can switch off all the lights at once.”

6. Don’t make it complicated

Have you ever spent hours trying to locate that bathroom switch the hotel room? Annoying, isn’t it? Lighting systems that aren’t user-friendly for guests are best avoided. If you are using IT-based systems, Bohm recommends installing touch panels that have international icons and symbols. Avoid using text. In the case of rooms, systems that make use of phones and tablets are being designed to help guests control everything from room services to lighting. Most guests don’t have to install an application; they just look up a QR code to control all lighting settings from their mobile devices. It’s true that usability is the most important factor.


Quantity needs quality. Consider how many guests go through a hotel each day, week, throughout the year. The result is a massive utilization of light fittings especially in hotel rooms where guests are in charge of the lighting on their own. As Bohm states, “this can lead to faster degradation of luminaires and lamps, which is why it is recommended to use sturdy and durable materials that are specifically designed to be used in hotels.”

8. Provide lighting for a variety of events.

Hotels are a great location for many occasions, from business conferences to weddings. Since people don’t wish to spend the most memorable day of their lives at the same place that reminds them of their work, the most effective way to go about it is to offer a variety of options. With a range of colors to dimmers that can be adjusted guests must be able light the space to suit their preferences. If you’re hosting a room viewing be sure that the proper lighting to be used for the event is set up. Set-ups for different purposes can help save time by allowing a quick change between “evening reception” to “conference” for instance.


There are no more conference rooms that had no light to see. The past was when rooms that did not have windows (and consequently, without natural sunlight) were usually thought of as extremely useful for events at work to reduce the glare of the sun while also maximizing projection space, for instance. Today, however there is no daylight, which means no booking. Therefore, wherever there is a possibility natural light must be considered in plans.


It’s not a debate when it comes to lighting LEDs are currently the most popular option for hotels. They’re “state of the modern” in terms of design, according to Bohm. The energy savings are evident and as prices fall the more hotels are replacing lighting fixtures with LEDs.