In the ancient world, Hospitality was not only an experience, but also a sacred law that no one in the world dared break without the severest penalties imaginable. Although our world today is very different, it nevertheless remembers that the word “hospitality” speaks of humanity at its finest, most civilized, and most compassionate levels of consciousness.
Because of this, today’s hospitality industry reflects this same sophistication, enlightenment, and in many ways, the best of antiquity. At the same time, it adds to the past by also providing the safest, most comforting settings for vacation, fine dining, eclectic entertainment, and quiet retreat all rolled into one red carpet of refinement, illumination, and excursion.
Lighting is as important to hospitality both as an industry and an experience. Designing a lighting system for any location requires first an understanding of its many elements, and, secondly, planning and developing a lighting system that will establish and elevate the essence of place, time, and action.
Exterior Landscape Lighting
Hospitality lighting begins with architectural and landscape lighting that make the resort area clearly visible and distinguished it as an area of unique excursion and experience. Unconsciously, almost every human being in the world loves Nature and its beauty, so we as an organization place significant importance on the magnification of natural elements as keynotes to the entire experience of vacation, entertainment, celebration, and most importantly piece of mind.
Trees with lights figure prominently in outdoor hospitality lighting, providing both boundaries for the property and special points of interest. We are one of the few companies that take special care not only to use “green” equipment that is environmentally friendly, but also to rely upon proprietary installation methods that do not harm the trees in any way.
Landscape lighting contractors further accentuate walkways, waterways, and outdoor sculptures to blend the manmade with the natural. This in turn creates a theme of unity that enables us to install architectural commercial lighting systems that create the impression that buildings are rising up out of the landscape as part of the natural scenery. This synthesis contributes greatly to the feeling of genuine “getaway”, and in more exotic parts of the world, an almost Edenic setting for the guests.
The human element of hospitality begins in the lobby. The lighting here must focus on detail as much as it does grand design. The lobby area is definitely an area where hospitality lighting designers have to be almost mathematical in establishing points of expression, areas of task, and moods of decorum that both differentiate and unite into an aesthetic of welcome. The lobby must be brightly lit with minimal reflective glare, so it is necessary to often use very sophisticated and proprietary lighting fixtures to illuminate certain key elements as ornate antique furniture, display cases, bookshelves, and especially fine art lighting for works of art and statuary.
We also pay very close attention to the practical demands of booking guests and customer service. Hospitality lighting in these areas should create an upbeat atmosphere of activity accomplished through soft, direct surface lighting and h3er, low voltage recessed lighting from above that “washes” surfaces in light without blinding the eyes. All desk areas and corridors leading to and from the lobby area can be lit by multiple desk, wall, or suspended luminaries that eliminate pockets of shadow and glare by striking surfaces from multiple angles of lighting incidence.
Hallways and corridors are very important elements of a luxury hotel. They connect the lobby to guest rooms, board rooms, recreational facilities, restaurants, meeting areas, ballrooms, and nightclubs. Corridor lights need to remain on at all times for the sake of safety and clear passage. They must be more than task lights, however, in order to blend decoratively with carpet, wall art, interior designs, and overall resort theme.
We again employ multiple layers and lighting technologies to accommodate both action and frame of mind. Chandeliers provide excellent overhead lights that can be adjusted with lighting control systems and even automation control timers to vary the lighting slightly to set different moods for different times of day or night.
Functional light may come from wall sconces that light floor space evenly, and a variety of sconce fixtures can be utilized to match the lighting equipment itself to hospitality interior design elements. Energy savings can be created with low voltage fixtures, dimmer controls, new LED lighting technologies that can make corridor lighting not only a function of level, but also add an element of color.
Lighting Guests Rooms
When guests or clients arrive in their rooms they absolutely must feel a sense of total privacy and safe, isolated comfort. Even when they are away from home, people prefer to stay in suites that give them a feeling of home and sanctuary.
Our extensive experience working in the residential interior lighting design industry enables us to introduce a variety of lighting elements that contribute to the experience of convenience and comfort and reflect the decorative elements of the interior to create a sense of balance and comfort.
Hospitality lighting in hotels, formal banquet halls and ballrooms require a combination of bright lights that can be dimmed when necessary and selective use of decorative fixtures such as chandelier candelabras, decorative wall lights, and any number of specialty lights appropriate to the nature and size of the facility. The should require little lighting maintanence and provide years of service.
Dining and Meeting Room Lighting
These aspects of hospitality call for a high level of affect lighting to create atmosphere. Dining areas tend to need a great deal of low ambient lighting. Meeting rooms and business offices often require exceptionally bright lights for motivation and presentation, but they also require lighting controls to lower lighting levels for any audio/visual segments of an event.
Again, the advantages our team brings to the table as a multi-disciplinary consulting firm allows us to match equipment function, to purpose on a room-by-room basis throughout the location.
Consultation and Partnership Planning
Illuminations lighting designs and installs all hospitality lighting systems through extensive partnership planning and in-depth client consultation. We use only commercial grade equipment rated at the very highest ratings of excellence, and our specialists have all cross trained in parallel industries such as architecture, landscaping, interior decorating, and electrical contracting to make all systems seamless with facility and unique to impeccable experience.
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