No matter what type of business you have, when it comes to choosing the right type lighting you'll need, certain features need to be considered. Businesses with the appropriate lighting installed can create an atmosphere that helps to attract customers. Every business owner wants a lighting system that is efficient and budget-friendly. If you're looking at lighting a bakery, we have put together some characteristics you should consider. Below are some suggestions in help you choose the right bakery lighting.
Not all lighting is appropriate for all areas. For instance, lighting that is used in the baking and staff areas requires certain features, whereas lights in areas where customers are present requires entirely different features. The baking area requires higher levels of light with safety and quality in mind. In customer areas, the goal is to create a warm, relaxing environment with lower light levels.
When choosing lighting in bakery applications, you need to consider how much daylight your customer areas receive. If your bakery has larger windows that let in a lot of natural light, the color temperature emitted from lighting indoors needs to match. For instance, you do not want to have warm artificial light that emits an orange or yellow hue because it will look out of place with the cool, white natural light that is streaming through the windows. If your bakery has very little natural light, these factors do not matter as much.
You want to keep the color of light consistent throughout areas that are visible to customers. For example, you do not want to have one color temperature in seating areas and another color temperature at the counter. This can be off-putting on the eyes. Instead, you need to really maintain color consistency throughout the areas that are connected to one another. However, areas that are closed off such as being separated by doors and walls, like staff and baking areas can have different color temperates without any worry.
One of the most important factors to consider when searching for the right bakery lighting is the eyesight of your staff. For example, poor lighting can cause them to have to strain, or lighting that is too bright can cause discomfort, both can negatively impact the perfection of important details like applying icing. A good rule of thumb is to choose lighting system that will give you 50 lumens per square foot for staff areas, which will enable them to pay closer attention to important details.