Top Tips for Restaurant Lighting Design

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The atmosphere of a restaurant can either make or break its success. And with so much of that atmosphere created by the lighting, it is becoming more and more important for owners and managers to pay attention to their lighting designs. Below are some great tips to get you started creating the right lighting design for your restaurant.

Don’t Blanket Your Lighting

The worst mistake that you can make when lighting a restaurant is to assume that each area needs the same amount of light. This leads to nothing but a completely washed out restaurant floor and diners eating with glare on their plates. Ensure that each area of your restaurant floor is individually lit and creates its own ambience.

Adjust Your Lighting

The same lighting that you have during the day is not going to work during the night, even if your restaurant is completely closed in. Evening diners, after all, don’t want to enter a restaurant full of bright fluorescent lights as would day diners looking to get in, eat, and then out. You don’t need to install an expensive system for this. Simple dimmable LED lights can do the trick.

Curtains and Blinds

Not all lighting design has to do with the lights themselves. Look through the Groupon Coupons page for Blinds.com for curtains and blinds which can complement your lighting. For example, a heavy velvet and dark colored curtain, when placed under a light, can reflect a warm tone for diners to enjoy in a more romantic area of the restaurant.

Don’t Forget That People Need to See Their Food

It can be easy to get carried away with creating a romantic or mystic dining atmosphere and forget that your guests actually need to see their food. Whether it’s small table lighting or targeted overhead beams, always be sure that diners can see the food they are eating.

Lighting a restaurant is just like any space, if you pay attention to the details, you will end up with a successful lighting plan. Take these tips into account when considering your next lighting scheme and see how much your diners prefer the new atmosphere.