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Tips for restaurant lighting


You have your menu and table ready but still no one can see these amazing artworks because the lighting is terrible. Lighting is the key to create mood or atmosphere, it is important when you trying to entice potential customers.



1. USE LIGHT IN LAYERS

Any good lighting effect coming with layers of lighting.

Get your ambient light well, then layer up with task lighting for the bar and accent lighting on any cool features or art to display.

2. LIGHT SPECIFIC AREA DIFFERENTLY

Different area needs different level of lighting depending on the function of the area.


-table

This place needs to be bright enough to let customer clearly read the menu and see each other, the light should not be glaring. A soft and diffused light is suitable for this place.



-reception area

The lighting for this place should slightly brighter than the restaurant itself. The reason behind it is that the staff can easily communicate and give the area a welcoming feel, especially at night.



-buffet lighting

Dimmable spotlight is recommended and use a warm light as well to bring out the colour of the food.


-Kitchen

The kitchen needs bright lighting with specific task lighting. The key is makes sure that the light would spilling over into the dining area. A door or service corridors is needed to consider.



-focal point

Track light or single spotlight can be use on your artwork or menu so that the place can be shine in someone eyes.








3. AVOID GLARE WITH LIGHTING

Unshielded lamps, or mismatched lamp and shade sizes can often cause glare. To make sure that the customer has good dining experience, avoid glare with lighting.


4. LIGHT FOR THE PEOPLE USING YOUR RESTAURANT

Lighting for people in your restaurant, rather than just because it complements the architecture. Make sure your staff have sufficient lighting to do their task too to make for quicker and better service times.



5. USE LIGHT TO ENHANCE THE FOOD ON DISPLAY

A good colour rendering is important for the food display, when purchasing the bulb, make the CRI unit is suitable for food presentation.

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