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Illuminated Hospitality

01.10.2015 /  Uncategorized

Any experienced hotelier can tell you that every extra dollar invested in proper lighting will make it appear as if ten dollars had been well spent on flowers and luxury decor. Unless you are running a budget service of beds without breakfast, hospitality is a business beyond mere practicalities, and atmosphere and comfort are key factors in providing your guests with an experience of quality.


Aesthetic illumination can easily double the value of a hotel room, and give a surprisingly lavish upgrade to a conference venue.

Most guests will expect to stay in a peaceful, soothing atmosphere. The main enemy to conflict with a relaxing experience is glare from uncovered luminaires. With the fast introduction of the energy-efficient LED as a preferred light source for all illumination, new ways of lighting have become available, bringing on new trends in interior design. Because of the small size of LED luminaires, they are extremely easy to conceal within decor and furniture, providing pleasant indirect lighting without causing any glare.


Good design usually calls for a combination of multiple luminaires providing both indirect and direct lighting. The layered approach works for all types of spaces, whether it is a suite, conference hall, spa or a dining room.

LED strips in ceiling coves, under the bed or built into wall decor have become proven standards for ambient illumination. Providing general light, this type of indirect lighting elements are a vital component of a balanced design.


Task lighting is usually an element of direct illumination, providing functional light on a surface such as countertops and tables, or for late night reading as bedside luminaires. These do not need to be prominent or bulky anymore, as hiding spotlights in discrete locations has become easier than ever.

Accent lighting is the layer where hospitality can go the extra mile in creating a pleasant atmosphere for its guests. Often undervalued and labeled as excessive and unpractical, lighting accents are actually key elements in defining a space. Whether we are illuminating interior features or artwork or simply installing decorative wall sconces, this kind of extra highlights provide visual cues about the size and details of the room. A balanced lighting design requires some contrast, and this is difficult to achieve with ambient and task lighting alone.


Although the industry often offers replacing current fixture bulbs with energy efficient ones as a cost-saving solution, the direct retrofits rarely bring out the design benefits of LED. As quality illumination sources now fit into spaces the size of a centimetre, the definition of modern lighting design has reached a whole new dimension.

Discussing your hotel lighting with a specialist such as Neue will allow you to understand your needs and possibilities, and achieve an optimal result that will meet both your requirements and budget.

Neue is a lighting design and supply firm passionate about helping people better understand lighting and rethink how lighting can and should work within their space.