You shouldn't consider lighting as a one size fits all solution, especially for a location as varied as a hotel. For instance, the lobby area, walkways, and any exterior lighting, you want to implement options that are bright and cooler in temperature, making guests feel safe. Unfortunately, many hotels choose dimmer lights in these areas, which gives the impression they have something to hide. With bright lights, the hotel will be much more inviting and will put guests at ease about their stay. However, when it comes to guests rooms, lighting needs to be much more subtle and softer. We recommend going with warmer temperatures for these areas to create a vibe similar to what guests have at home. When lighting is too cool in temperature scale, it can make the environment come off as chilly or too formal.
While communal areas in a hotel benefit from mostly general lighting, private areas such as rooms should have lighting that is varied. Various lighting levels and types should be used within a hotel room. For example, there should be task lighting for singular areas such as reading lamps, sconces by the bed that deliver a gentle source of light, and overhead lighting that provides visibility for the entire hotel room.
While fluorescents used to be the ideal solution for hotel lighting, it has been replaced in recent years by LED for several reasons. LED lights provide higher lumen outputs per watt of energy consumed, so they will save on utility costs for years. They also have long average life ratings, with some bulbs lasting anywhere from 50,000 hours to an remarkable 100,000 hours. LEDs also burn at cooler temperatures, which prevents the driver and other internal components from failing due to overheating.
Another way to give your guests some extra control over the lighting in their home away from home is with adjustable lighting. You should also consider installing timers in public areas so lights will not continue to operate when there is no one present, which helps lower lighting costs.
To help further ensure the overall comfort of guests, you also want to consider how lighting will be operated. For example, you should never put the switch for a wall sconce located above the bed out of reach. Instead, you want to make it as easy as possible for your guest to control the lighting their hotel room. However when it comes to public areas, the key is to place lighting controls out of access to guests, especially small children. You should consider placing controls higher up and in employee access restricted locations.