When someone chooses to eat out, it is to have an enjoyable experience with the food you are creating. It is more often than not, a sensory experience. Lighting can set or dampen the mood depending on the design and placement of your lights.
You must be clear on your brand and what sort of ambiance and feeling you want to evoke.
For example are you designing an interior for:
Regardless of the style of restaurant you will need to consider the following:
Attractive lighting from the outside of a restaurant or cafe is what typically influences foot traffic to enter a restaurant. It is important to make an impact and great first impression. It is just as important to get the lighting right on the outside as it is on the inside of your premise. Successfully designed exterior lighting is attractive and invites people from the outside in. It let's people know that you are open for business. If your restaurant is hidden or located away from lots of foot traffic, clever lighting can draw customers in to check you out.
Firstly, you must provide enough lighting for your patrons to be able to see their food and beverages. You don't want your patrons fumbling around in the dark.
Although, if the lighting is too bright your customers won't feel relaxed. Consider installing dimmable globes if you want exact control of the brightness your lights.
Empathise with your customers. Think of the various scenarios that they would interact in your space and curate your lighting to make their experience pleasant.
Understand the traffic flow in your restaurant space. For example, many restaurants and bars use strategically placed lights to highlight their more premium wine and liquor. This can be achieved with wall lights and down lights installed on the bar shelf.
Hospitality lighting trends are constantly changing. In order to keep your restaurant feeling fresh and exciting, you may need to update the design occasionally. Change the lighting in your restaurant or cafe occasionally to keep your customers intrigued.
LED globes are a popular globe choice for restaurant and cafe lighting because they come in a wide range of temperatures, are energy efficient and are very long lasting. You don't want to subject your customers to the annoying flickering of a dying light globe.
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