Lighting The Hospitality
The hotel industry is all about hospitality for the guest. A good hotel should not only make guests comfortable but strive to create a unique experience for them. And a good lighting scheme plays a vital role in achieving this goal. The first point of contact for a customer to the hotel is its exterior appearance, so a lot of emphasis is put on highlighting the beautiful architectural features of the hospitality property or on creating some intriguing special effects with light.
Besides, in the hotel interiors, lighting automation and mood lights like multi-colour LED strips are nowadays being used to create different moods for the discerning guests. “The need for good lighting fixtures is always there in this industry, as a well designed luminaire creates a better ambience, mood, etc.” says Manoj Saxena, Director, Dollar Electricals.
Lighting systems, lamps and shades nowadays play a very important role in the hotel atrium/guestrooms/alleys and restaurants. Their fundamental role is to illuminate the respective areas without the light falling directly in the eyes of the guests, with the help of proper selection of lamp shades and lamp fittings.
“We use such types of fittings in restaurants for illumination so that all food items are clearly visible in their natural colours. In guest rooms, lighting has been designed in such a way that if the guest wants to read something on a writing table or on the bed, then she/he will be able to do so without straining her/his eyes and body. Moreover, our guest rooms are designed in such a way that they have access to natural light during day time so that there is no need for extra lights during daytime,” elaborated Ravindra Singh, Chief Engineer, ITC Grand Central - Mumbai. Agrees Manveer Singh Yadav, Director— Engineering, Hyatt Regency Delhi. “Lighting system in our hotel is very important as it gives the ambience, feeling and warmth to the guests, as by seeing different modes of lights in the hotel, guests relate to them and feel connected.” “Our hotel is designed in such a way that all public areas are lighted by natural light during day time. During late evenings, our different set of lights comes into action, which make the lobby and restaurants look very attractive.
Our lighting system is designed in such a way that during the evenings, all public area lights, which include lights in lobby and restaurants, go on Dimming Mode,” explained Singh.
Dimmers help create an exotic ambience by controlling the luminosity of the light which gradually help reflecting an amalgamation of moods.
Calculated dosage of the use of colours and various kinds of shades further help enhance the impact of light. “After consultations with various experts in the field, we have installed state-of-the-art lighting systems of this sort throughout our hotel,” informed Yadav.
“Most of our lighting system is connected to the building management system through which all operations related to lighting is controlled. Our external façade lights and their orientation are designed in such a way that light does not disturb guests,” articulated Singh.“We have some fantastic lights in our hotel, starting from the lobby where we have some very good set of lamp shades and lights. We have six outlets and each of in-house restaurants has a set of lighting system that enhances its ambience and reflects its distinguished moods. The lighting system used throughout the hotel has a mix of contemporary to select antique designs,
depending on the type of restaurant, room, banquet venue, etc. Most of the work areas and the rooms
have LED(light-emitting diode) lighting systems,” stated Yadav.