Basic rules for Restaurant lighting

Basic rules for Restaurant lighting

To start with there is a variety of different lighting techniques out there. It is important to understand that the different areas of the restaurant will require different lighting techniques.

Ambient lighting. This is mood lighting, lighting to set an ambience. This lighting will be the main source of lighting across the restaurant.

Task lighting. This is key for areas where your staff will need to focus on the job at hand. This is key for kitchens, the cash register and the area under the bar.

Accent lighting. This is lighting is designed like a spot-light, it will draw the attention of your customers to a particular feature, this will be good for illuminating a special feature like a painting, or beautiful architecture, or walls or columns.

Finally feature lighting. This is door for decorative effect. This style of lighting is perfect for giving a personal touch you can use this on a bar.

Now you know the lighting types you will be focusing on, here is how you use it:

When you design your layout it is important that the lighting is appropriate for what is going on.

For example, with the tables, you need the lighting to not only generate the correct mood, but also serve the primary focus of illuminating the produce and drinks so the customer can comfortably eat their food without straining.

The reception and waiting area. This should lit brighter than the restaurant itself. This will enable clearer communication with staff and give the area a strong and welcoming atmosphere.

Remember to keep an eye on what’s trending.  Trends are constantly evolving and each restaurant will have its own unique style, so it is important that you know what relevant in your sector, but never select your lighting using a form over function attitude.  Always remember your concept, who your target audience is (are you targeting families, couples, business/luxury market, youths?) and the space you are using.