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What Is The Best Lighting For Restaurant?


Lighting is essential to the success of any restaurant. It forms an important part of the décor and ambience created for those dining in the restaurant. Poor choice of lighting can even chase away potential customers from the restaurant. With this in mind, it is important to know how to go about choosing the correct lighting for your restaurant.
Here are five important rules to follow when choosing the lighting that is most appropriate for your restaurant.

What Is The Best Lighting For Restaurant?

1. Space and usage

• This is one of the most important elements to consider when choosing the most appropriate lighting for any restaurant.
• You must take into account the space where the diners in the restaurant are to sit as well as any fixtures that have been installed.
• The lighting chosen should maximize on a positive atmosphere to create an appealing and visually aesthetic ambience and décor.
• Good lighting gels well with the architecture of the restaurant for example mood lighting goes well with gothic architecture while baroque and classic architecture benefit from lots of natural lighting.
• Lighting should not be affixed in such manner as to be direct on the faces of the customers of the restaurant. This is especially important for those running a modern restaurant and using lots of artificial lighting.
• Wall fixture lighting must be integrated into the general architectural design and must meld with the furnishings.

2. Consider the meals

• The meal being had another important factor when deciding on the choice of lighting to use.
• Different meals require different lighting for the customers to enjoy.
• Breakfast and snacks require lots of light, preferably natural.
• These are meals that people are likely to do while also reading the paper, using their phones, or otherwise engaging themselves in activity requiring proper lighting.
• Lunch on the other hand requires moderate levels of lighting similar to that in ice-cream parlours.
• Moderate lighting has been shown to significantly increase the turnover rate for customers.
• This is important to ensure that the capacity of the restaurant is optimized especially during the small lunch break.
• It encourages customers to finish their meals quickly allowing for more customers to be served during the hectic lunch hour rush.
• This benefits the restaurant by ensuring a maximization of revenue through increased number of customers served.
• Dinner and late meals benefit from a lower light intensity.
• Such low level lighting creates a more leisurely, relaxed, and ultimately intimate atmosphere in the restaurant.
• This is more appropriate for the kind of evening clientele that would be attracted by a customer.
• It also allows for the restaurant to become popular among couples who are dating as they seek a place to have enjoyable and memorable dates.

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3. Natural and artificial lighting

• Artificial lighting must be combined with natural lighting as best as possible.
• Artificial lighting can be a bit harsh and impersonal but is necessary to ensure proper lighting of the seating and dining area.
• Natural lighting is more comfortable, aesthetically pleasing, and friendly to the eyes but can be limited in terms of the illumination it affords the area.
• Furthermore, natural lighting brings out the beauty of the architecture, design elements, and artistic details in the architecture.
• A combination of the two can ensure comfortable yet well illuminated dining experience.

4. Consider the customer

• The customer is the most important aspect of any consideration on lighting, after all without the customer’s patronage, the restaurant fails.
• It is therefore important to consider the needs of the customer when deciding on the lighting that is most appropriate.
• This is easily done by evaluating the type of restaurant you intend to run.
• A fast food restaurant is likely to attract younger people who would enjoy moderate to well-lit dining areas.
• A breakfast diner is likely to attract a working clientele who will take their breakfast as they prepare for their day.
• They therefore need well lit areas to enable them to read the paper, check their emails, and catch up on reading before they start work.
• A dinner experience attracts an older and more sophisticated clientele.
• This category prefers low lighting to create a relaxed atmosphere and thereby enable them to enjoy their meals and company.


The choice of lighting can make or break a restaurant. However, by considering the needs of the client, and the above factors, it is quite easy to make a successful and appropriate selection.

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