How To Choose Chandeliers For Hotels
Decorate your hotel with stunning, affordable wooden chandeliers. Our chandeliers are versatile and can be used in many places in your hotel including the front desk, café, conference and banquet centers, guest rooms, hallways, lobbies, and parking lot. Chandeliers can be a great decorative light fixture for hotels seeking to greet their guests with beautiful ambient lighting at the front desk and lobby, create a peaceful ambiance in hallways, cafes, conference rooms, and guest rooms, and even illuminate signs in the parking lot to make the area better accessible to visitors at night.
Poor lighting can adversely affect a hotel’s ratings, make the hotel feel less comfortable or homey, and even make the guest’s visit uncomfortable, dangerous, or keep them awake at night. A recent research study polling 10,000 hotel reviewers in London demonstrated that most travelers complained about the bad lighting in their rooms. As with most design issues, attention to detail in making lighting decisions is key.
Aim to achieve a balance between the needs of the hotelier, interior designer, and hotel guest
In making lighting decisions, consider the perspectives of the hotel itself, the interior designer, as well as the hotel guest. For example, the hotel management may want to save money, while the interior designer believes it is in the hotel’s best interest to include the best lightening schemas which may cost more both in terms of lighting fixtures and in terms of the hotel’s utility bill. A hotel guest may want to work in their hotel room or in the lobby and therefore requires brighter, higher-watt lighting which will cost the hotel money but will improve the guest experience. Low-energy designs, for example, can be used to provide an inexpensive source of bright light in hotel rooms so that guests can see better and be more productive in their rooms. In fact, one of the most common complaints to hotel concierges is that the rooms are too dim to get work done. A hotel room is a space with many functions including a place to eat, sleep, work, relax, and therefore it requires lighting that can be utilized in all of these different functions. Guests seek an environment that is like a home-away-from-home and expect hotel lighting to be stylish but still serve many different functions.
Read on to learn more about the different aspects that you should take into consideration as you plan your hotel lighting.
How to Choose the Right Hotel Lighting
First, consider the space you are seeking to illuminate as well as your lighting goals. Ask yourself the following questions:
Is it a large or small space?
Of course, large spaces will need more light; small spaces need less light. You can choose to illuminate more decoratively rather than functionally for spaces which require less light (large or small).
Smaller spaces require smaller light fixtures, which typically cannot provide as much light as a larger chandelier. You may want to opt for two smaller lamps in a guest room, whereas you may need a single large and elegant chandelier in a banquet or conference room.
You may also need to consider the power options available nearby (e.g. presence of electric sockets near the areas to be illuminated).
- Where is the space located?
Spaces like the buffet table at a hotel restaurant or the front desk check-in area of the hotel may require direct lighting which serves the purpose of illuminating the area and improving the visibility in the area. Parking lots may also require direct lighting at light to illuminate the path for weary travelers. Indirect lighting can be used in the hotel lobby – in this case, a chandelier is ideal to provide some amount of illumination while primarily serving a decorative purpose.
- What is the purpose of the space?
Take into account, also, the purpose of the space in your lighting decision – is the lighting meant to be decorative or functional, or some combination of the two? You may decide to choose a chandelier with a unique detail or feature for a guest room in order to “wow” your guests. For a more functional space, such as a parking lot or hallway, you may wish to opt for a less decorative chandelier that is more illuminating.
- What type of mood or effect do you want to evoke with the choice of lighting?
You may be seeking to establish a specific mood or ambiance, such as in a hotel restaurant, where you may want to establish an ambiance using lower lighting. If you are looking for a chandelier for a guest room, you may want to opt for a chandelier with a bit more lighting to brighten the space so that visitors traveling for work can have more light for accomplishing work in the hotel room. If your chandelier will go into a space such as a hotel lobby or in front of the front desk, you may want to go all out and choose a large and ornate chandelier to impress all visitors to your hotel.
Chandeliers for Hotel Entryways
Hotel entryways are the first and last things that one sees when they enter the hotel. Although the lobby or front desk itself may be a short walk away, the entryway is a chance for the hotel to make an impression or set a lasting mood for the hotel. Hotel entryways can include flower arrangements, mirrors, seating areas, artwork, and dim lighting. Make the hotel entryway count by choosing a chandelier that properly illuminates your entryway and the artifacts that it contains.
Chandeliers for Hotel Lobbies and Hallways
A well-designed hotel lobby sets the tone for the entire hotel. The lobby and the front desk staff represents the main point of contact between guests and the hotel. The hotel lobby is a chance for the hotel to leave a lasting first impression on guests. A well-designed hotel lobby can be a magical, transformative experience for travelers: a place to welcome visitors to a relaxing haven away from the hustle and bustle of the workday or hotel. No matter what type of décor you seek to achieve in your hotel lobby, a dramatic and elegant chandelier will make your hotel memorable.
Hotel lobbies are dynamic spaces with many uses, so in choosing a chandelier for the hotel lobby, make sure that it is versatile and lends itself to a space that may house guests working on their laptops, waiting for transportation, listening to or presenting formal talks, or simply relaxing and watching the hotel lobby television. Large chandeliers can set a unique tone in these spaces and can be layered with other, more direct and functional light sources, for a quirky, dramatic, and elegant effect.
You will want to make sure that the front desk has bright illumination so that guests can sign the necessary check-in paperwork without trouble. You may also want to add lighting to seating areas in the lobby where guests can read a book or work on their laptop so that they can see better.
In general, hotel lobbies, hallways, and other spaces in the hotel are always well-lit and well-designed, with chandeliers, lamps, wall lights, art lights, and other types of mood lighting. Determine your lighting goals and then use our wooden chandeliers as a tool to achieve your hotel’s desired lighting look.
Chandeliers for Hotel Rooms
These days, hotels are used by guests who are traveling for business, fun, and a variety of other reasons. Therefore, you will want to decorate and light a space that is both functional and extremely versatile. Plan out the hotel room lighting as you would plan out lighting in your own house. Ask yourself the following question: what is the purpose of each space in the room, and how can lighting help you achieve that space’s purpose? The answers to this question will help you determine your lighting needs.
Layer many different types of lighting
Hotel rooms are typically designed to have many different forms of lighting. Our chandeliers can help you achieve a unique ambiance and look in each hotel room. You may need to include elements of ambient lighting, task lighting, focal lighting, and decorative lighting to achieve a layered lighting look with many different types of lighting. Common types of lighting include:
- Ambient lighting refers to the overall lighting of the hotel room. While this level of light is a lot lower than other types of lighting – task, focal, and decorative – it can be useful to establish what is typically called “mood” lighting in a hotel room.
- Task lighting is the type of lighting that hotel visitors would use to read or write. Task lighting is especially important for visitors who are traveling on a business trip and students who require a space to get reading and writing done.
- Focal lighting is less important in hotel rooms and more important in other parts of the hotel, such as the front lobby, where there are details that the hotel decorators seek to emphasize. However, if the hotel has unique details in each room, such as molding, interesting ceiling architecture, or details on wall art, focal lighting can be useful to literally “highlight” those details. Many different direct lighting sources, such as those offered by our chandeliers, can be used together to draw attention to various details in a hotel room.
Decorative lighting refers to the decorative nature of the light source itself. Our chandeliers are a prime example of decorative lighting. While our chandeliers can also be used as ambient, task, and focal lighting, they are primarily a source of decorative lighting that can add pizzazz to your hotel room and make the visual experience of the hotel room more interesting and elegant for visitors.
Use the principle of symmetry to create a more peaceful hotel room for guests
Symmetry is a concept that involves “seeing double”: paired and matching beds, lamps, tables, pillows. Symmetry can add to a feeling of calm in the hotel room and contributes to a sense of harmony, peace and overall well-being. Our brain is hard-wired to appreciate symmetry and find it relaxing, so to improve the restfulness of your space, you may want to include pairs of light fixtures and furniture, placed around a common axis. For example, include two chandeliers adjacent to each bed in a way in which each mirrors the other. This will add to the feeling of calm in your hotel room.
Make sure that guest rooms’ bathrooms are well-lit
Hotel bathrooms typically are very accommodating to guests, featuring large mirrors and good lighting so that a traveler can enjoy the bathroom amenities at any time of day. Make sure bathrooms have sufficient lighting. If it is safe to do so, you may consider installing high-watt, bright bathroom light fixtures, so that guests don’t experience eyesight issues when suddenly confronted by the bright sun outside.
Aim to illuminate a multifunctional space, but don’t make it too complicated
Hotel staff are often called to a guest’s room because they want to go to sleep or use the mood lighting aspects of their room but cannot figure out how to work the lights. Indeed, hotel travelers these days are looking for space where they can eat, sleep, relax, and work, and therefore the hotel space needs to be very versatile – and the lighting schema needs to be correspondingly versatile. However, don’t make the lighting concept too complicated with the use of dimmers that require a Ph.D. just to use. Instead, you may consider opting for a chandelier in one part of the room to provide a low level of light and serve as mood lighting and install lamps nearby a desk to provide additional direct lighting for guests who need to get business or schoolwork tasks accomplished.
In certain hotels, guests can scan a QR code on their smartphone and be able to access all of the lighting controls of the room. Lighting setups such as this make it much easier for guests to control the lighting systems in their hotel rooms.
Chandeliers for Hotel Bars, Cafes, and Restaurants
Like hotel guest rooms, hotel dining establishments walk the line between being a functional and recreational space. Restaurants, coffeeshops, and bars are a convenient place for travelers to get a bit of work done, hop onto a conference call, or simply take in the sights and ambiance of the hotel while enjoying a bite to eat. Interior designers of hotels therefore are tasked with creating a space that is both pleasant and functional. Guests must have lighting that is sufficient enough in brightness and intensity so that they can read restaurant menus, which is a concept that is at odds with the dim “mood lighting” concept of most restaurants today. Overhead lights such as chandeliers can add a nice ambiance to a restaurant, coffeeshop, or bar, and can be supplemented by wall accent lights or pendant lamps. Lights in these spaces are intended to be seen, create a unifying environment for the dining establishment. It is also important that light fixtures in a restaurant illuminate each table or the space in general without spilling into nearby spaces. Ensuring that the restaurant lighting scheme primarily utilizes direct lighting principles for each table or set of tables helps establish a unique and organized visual identity for the restaurant space.
Our chandeliers are a particularly good option for hotel dining establishments because repeatable light fixtures maintain visual uniformity in a space and can promote symmetry, which is naturally pleasing to the eye. These types of lighting solutions, which incorporate many different replicas of the same light fixture, are very effective in establishing a unified design aesthetic as well as helping the restaurant meet the demands of providing light for a large space.
Chandeliers for Hotel Parking Lots
Our chandeliers can help you better illuminate your hotel and create a welcoming atmosphere for guests not only in the hotel lobby, but also the other spaces such as hotel rooms, restaurants and pubs, parking lot, hallways, and banquet and meeting rooms.
You may want to consider using chandeliers or other light fixtures with energy-efficient bulbs in a parking lot because the space is so large and requires so much illumination. You may also want to invest in technologies such as a rechargeable battery that can power your chandeliers during the nighttime. Solar power can be a cost-effective option that can help your hotel harness the sun’s rays in the daytime to power your parking lot’s nighttime lights.
LED light bulbs are another good option for light fixtures illuminating parking lots because LED-based lights are whiter and last longer than incandescent light bulbs. Thanks to improved LED light bulb technology, the wonderfully bright glow of the lamp will last longer and won’t change or fade over time.
Consider using adaptable lighting (e.g., for day vs. night)
Rather than designing separate hotel spaces, hotel designers are gravitating toward a more fluid design style that integrates all of the different spaces such as restaurants, lobby, and hallways. One trend that is gaining popularity in these more holistic hotel lighting schemas is the concept of an adaptable lighting layout. For example, hotels can use a lighting design that involves cool lighting in the morning, and transitions to warmer, mood lighting at night. Areas such as restaurants and bars can be made more neutral zones using lighting contrasts when they are not in use.
Another trend in hotel design is the use of dimmers and pre-defined settings for lighting systems which can provide different light for different events. For example, hotel staff may want to consider investing in software and technology which can change the lighting scenario in the hotel from a “day” setting to a “night” setting. Hotel managers and staff can also choose to establish predefined settings for different rooms in the hotel. This would make it easy for hotel staff to toggle between lighting settings for an evening event and a midday brunch, for example.
Use energy-efficient LED light
Hotels require a lot of light in each individual hotel room as well as distinct and separate light fixtures in spaces such as restaurants and hallways so consider using energy-efficient light bulbs such as LED light bulbs. LED bulbs are considered “state of the art” in current hotel design and save hotels money in terms of monthly utility bills. Energy-efficient LED bulbs are also better for the environment and therefore a more sustainable and responsible energy choice than traditional light bulbs. Most of our chandeliers can be used with either traditional or energy-saving light bulbs.
Energy-efficient light generated from LED bulbs is free of ultraviolet or infrared radiation that could destroy art or wallpapers on hotel walls. It also is less of a fire hazard than traditional bulbs which are very inefficient and can generate a lot of waste energy in the form of heat.
Aim for function over form
In designing your hotel’s lighting strategy, aim for a functional space first, and then decorate the spaces to make them more aesthetically pleasing. Despite being places notable for their architecture, hotels are, in reality, highly functional spaces. Travelers do not arrive at a hotel to experience the sights; they typically seek to accomplish a combination of the following objectives: work, eat, sleep, and relax. Therefore, make sure that each space is optimized for its primary function before considering the decorative elements. Once you have established a functional space, it is easy to accessorize the space further, e.g., by using one of our chandeliers to add a layered, and sophisticated lighting look. We offer a variety of chandeliers which can help you achieve both your functional and design objectives and can be adapted to use both energy-efficient and traditional light bulbs in order to achieve very specific lighting looks and aesthetics.