All of us have, at least once in our lifetime, wished to be proud owners of a certain hotel that we would decorate just the way we want to. Some have successfully achieved this task; others changed their wish for a new one. Be that as it may, being the owner of a hotel is never an easy job. Not only do you have to pay attention to how your business is doing, but you also have to be quite open-minded when it comes to the decor. As far as hotels are concerned, a big portion of this decor lies in your choice of lighting. What are the most important things that you need to bear in mind prior to choosing your hotel lighting? How can you make this task simpler?
Asking for help
First and foremost, asking for help is never embarrassing. On the contrary, it’s very much advisable, especially for things you’re not very familiar with, such as lighting. Asking a light planner is a great way to go as they will tell you everything you need to know. Not only is this good so that they could help you choose the perfect lighting for all the public areas (so as not to encounter negative first impressions), but they could also give you certain information that perhaps you were not aware of. Australia, for example, has very strict electrical safety standards and regulations, so knowing things like this in advance really matters a lot.
Having a good electrician
The hotel lighting is not the same as changing a light bulb, so if something goes wrong, you won’t be able to fix it by yourself. If your hotel is in Australia (let’s use the same example), making sure you have a good Sydney electrician who will come and fix whatever needs to be fixed at any time is the best possible option. Keep in mind that these things take time, and it’s always bad for your business to leave your guests with lighting that’s not working. We can’t possibly stress this enough, but make sure you choose the right electrician for this job – it’s quite complicated so you need a professional.
Minding the overall design
Perhaps you’ve seen certain statement lamps that you want to incorporate in a public area of your hotel, but beware of the fact that there’s a line between standing out and looking ridiculous and out of place. The most important thing is that you pay attention to the overall design and the concept of our hotel. Not only does this apply to the public areas, but to the hotel rooms as well. Lamps are not only there to produce good lighting, but be a part of your hotel as well, and you will hardly achieve this if you neglect the style you’re going for.
Keeping all areas equal
If you take a tunnel as an example, you will realize that there should be light in the tunnel as well, not only at the end of it. The same thing goes for your hotel – keeping all areas equally lit is quite important. Make sure that none of the corridors are overlooked as they form a very important part from the foyer to the hotel rooms. Speaking of the foyer, all corners should receive the same amount of light, even the places that are very close to the door (as you won’t get any sunlight once the sun sets). You don’t want any difference in lighting as you pass through different spaces and areas.
Keeping it simple
Finally, make sure that everything is user-friendly, especially the lighting in the hotel rooms. If a guest cannot find the bathroom light switch, it could be quite annoying, right? Many make this mistake as they try to find the most unusual and unique lamps, without thinking about this. You can also opt for touch panels with icons that your guests can use, but if you want to be a bit old school and incorporate actual lamps with switches – be our guest. So, bottom line – make everything quite simple and avoid any complications.
Lighting might be seemingly unimportant when you’re planning to open your own hotel, but it’s the lighting that can either make or break the final look. This means that you have to pay extra attention to this, not save money, ask for help from professionals such as electrical engineers and architects, and you’re good to go.