Set the Mood at Your Bar or Restaurant Business Using Integrated Lighting
Lighting is a crucial yet underrated design feature of commercial spaces like bars and restaurants, and whilst it’s important to utilise as much natural light as possible, being able to manipulate the mood of the space can only truly be done using integrated lighting solutions.
Yet, bars and restaurants are some of the most difficult spaces to illuminate. They have different lighting requirements for various times of the day, and particular areas within the space must be lit differently for different uses. So, it’s essential that you’re clued up about how to light a bar or restaurant before you get started with the design. Below, we offer a few helpful tips to make sure your business shines.
Think about lighting from day one
When designing a restaurant or bar space, you should consider lighting as just as crucial as the supporting walls. It has a huge impact on the way a room looks and feels, but also affects some practical aspects of design, such as where electrical outlets are and where wiring is laid.
When drawing up room layout plans, make sure lighting is a priority. Before you even begin any physical refurbishment, consider which areas you want to be well-lit and which areas you want to be more subdued. After all, poorly lit spaces are often a result of leaving lighting as an afterthought.
Utilise ambient, task and accent lighting
Within lighting design for commercial spaces, lighting is often broken down into three different ‘layers’ – ambient, task and accent. Ambient lighting refers to the main source of light in the space and is what sets the overall mood.
Meanwhile, task lighting is the way light is used to illuminate specific areas where employees are working, such as behind the bar, in the kitchen and so on.
Finally, accent lighting is used to highlight specific areas in the space, whether that’s an interesting architectural feature or an area you wish to draw customers towards, such as another bar.
Be sure to cleverly combine your ambient, task and accent lighting with your space, ensuring that it’s not only practical and functional but also creates the desired atmosphere.
Manage your lighting using a control system
An automated control system allows you to set the mood within your bar or restaurant as you wish. You can go from day to night, or change up the vibe for different events that you’re hosting. Firstly, an automated system has master on and off switches, making your team’s life much easier at close down.
Your system could also have dimmers to adjust the brightness, as well as colour temperature changes, enabling you to choose from a range of white to warm light, ideal for either creating a bright inviting space during breakfast service or an intimate feel in the evening.
Here at Interlink Lighting & Electrical, we offer extensive lighting services to both domestic and commercial customers in Scotland. We also provide electrical services and facilities management, providing a one-stop-shop for ensuring your building is functioning as it should do. To find out more about what we do, contact us today.