Lighting may be only one aspect of a restaurant, but it could easily be deemed as one of the most important. From functionality to appearance, lighting sets the stage for the operation of the business. Here are the three primary types of commercial lighting you can have installed in your restaurant.
Main or Ambient Lighting
Main or ambient lighting refers to the lighting in your restaurant that serves as the primary form of illumination. A lot of restaurant owners take advantage of natural light for ambient lighting. For example, more windows than walls in a dining room provide a space with a lot of ambient lighting that is completely free. However, other forms of primary lighting are usually installed on the ceiling to properly illuminate the entire space, whether it is the front counter or greeting area, the bar, or the kitchen. Multiple types of ambient lighting exist, such as:
- High bay ceiling fixtures
- LED light bars or ropes
- Fluorescent light fixtures
Task-specific lighting gets a lot more focused than regular ambient lighting. While ambient light delivers an overall distribution of light over a large area, task lighting tends to shed light on a specific, focused area. For example, the bar may have lights over the area where drinks are prepared, the kitchen may have lights over a food prep area, and the salad bar may have bright lights to illuminate all the food selections. Task lighting can be in the form of overhead spotlights or even recessed fixtures, but it can be in a variety of other forms to match the interior design of the restaurant.
Aesthetic or Mood Lighting
Some lighting is installed purely for aesthetic purposes. These lights make a space look good or provoke a certain type of feeling from restaurant visitors. This form of lighting is most often found in the dining area of a restaurant, but it can just as easily make its way to the bar, bathrooms, or outdoor seating area as well. Mood lighting may include things like:
- Dimly-lit chandeliers in the entryway to the restaurant
- Wall sconces with small bulbs leading to the restrooms
- Tabletop lanterns with flickering bulbs on each table
Mood lighting can be really diverse, and it can be a lot of fun to pick different light fixtures to enhance the mood. A commercial lighting professional can help guide your decisions on the most efficient and effective choices.
To learn more about different types of commercial lighting, reach out to a commercial lighting installation company near you.