Lobby Lighting: Commercial Electrical Contractors’ Advice

Tens of thousands of hospitality and office buildings have been remodelled over many decades. Mostly the interior finishes are OK, but while the original lighting design was fantastic in the buildings’ heyday, bulb (or lamp) replacements with incorrect lumens, kelvins and type have dulled the interior ‒ literally.

As commercial electrical contractors, we come across many expensive redecorating projects that have woefully ignored the science of lighting. Here is an overview of what you need to get your hotel or office lighting right. We will use the lobby area as an example.

The Role Of The Lobby

The role of any building’s lobby is to give visitors a welcome that is aligned with the brand that is ensconced in the building. It should make a statement ‒ whether that is warm and welcoming or impressive and bravado or subtle, understated luxury. A dull lobby will be a big disappointment for your visitors and damage your brand value.

The Role Of Lighting

You might decorate a lobby with very expensive fabric, rugs and lovely furniture, but poor lighting will dull the colour, flatten the texture and cancel out any layering that has been attempted.

Lighting will ensure:

  • The decor and architecture are correctly displayed
  • Guest are comforted, commanded or compelled
  • Sufficient lighting is given:
    • To staff for tasks
    • To guests for safely navigating the entire space, including steps
  • Areas of interest are highlighted
  • Directions of flow are indicated
  • A lasting impression is made

The Impact Of Lighting

As digital marketers are so painfully aware, you have a very short period to impress clients before “you lose them,” and the same applies to lobbies of hotels, apartment blocks and office blocks.

A correctly designed and lit lobby will create a strong, lasting and valuable impression that will give you excellent returns on investment for many years.

A Lighting Layout

The main benefit of excellent lobby lighting is that visitors can acclimatize and find their way around without needing to ask for directions.

Usually, a brand aims for a lobby to feel welcoming, calming and reassuring. Visitors must feel like they have arrived in a good place and feel one hundred percent secure in navigation questions.

Good lighting design is unnoticed lighting. Yes, the feature elements are noticed, but every single item is not individually identifiable.

Some of the areas of lighting that need to be planned are:

  • Focal Points
    • Primary entrance area
    • The reception area
    • The pause area or seating area
  • Layered Lighting
    • Ambient, diffused lighting
    • Periphery lighting
    • Task lighting
    • Accent lighting

The Importance Of Lighting Transitions

Lighting transition is as important as the layout as it affects the entire experience. It helps guests acclimatize from one lighting environment to the adjacent one. With a transition, the visitor will have an unpleasant experience in the interior.

For more quality advice on your building’s lobby, call our commercial electrical contractors team today.