Six tips for better LED lighting decisions in hospitality, hotels, and B&B's. What do you need to know before buying light bulbs that may last 20 years?
How to decide which LED
This beautiful lobby of the Château Laurier in Ottawa Canada, built in 1912, features warm incandescent lighting.
Best lighting for relaxing atmosphere.
Gentle warm lighting promotes relaxation. You want to be sure there is enough lighting for circulation, way finding, room identification, reading and grooming tasks, and a feeling of security; however, over-illuminating your spaces is not acceptable. Hire an experienced lighting designer if you need help determining light levels, sources, color, and fixture locations.
How to help you guests sleep?
Are your new LED lights going to keep your guests awake at night?
Use 2200 - 2700 Kelvin lights at bedside.
Nightlights should be red or amber.
See Circadian System
Unfortunate outdoor lighting retrofit! Try one before buying dozens.
If the price on your LED wall fixtures is too low to believe, something could be wrong with them. The least expensive LED color to produce is blue-white. Inside the guest rooms at night, with the blinds shut, these overly bright, overly blue LED lights illuminate the room so brightly, it feels like noonday sun. The blue gloss paint on the walls and eves magnifies the bright blue effect. Eye masks for a dark night sleep are not in each guest's suitcase, so before you purchase outdoor lights of unspecified color, try one, and see the color and brightness of the light. The hotel across the way did an excellent job of outdoor lighting using amber colored light.
Are your guests able to enjoy a view of the stars in the night sky?
See Dark Sky and Dark Sky Reserves