Lighting is becoming more important to hospitality businesses than ever before, as the sector, which includes hotels, bars and restaurants, increases its understanding of how it can make an impact within venues and across estates. Since 2009, European regulations have banned the sale of incandescent lights for households in the UK, but now, as the nights draw in, Beacon is urging businesses to consider switching to LED lighting.
Beacon, which helps businesses in the hospitality sector improve their profitability, has been working with its customers since the introduction of this legislation to switch to LED lighting to make savings of up to 70% per year on lighting costs. Working with key lighting suppliers including City Electrical Factors and Mico Lighting, Beacon has been able to guide its customers through an LED switchover process to improve their profitability by decreasing their lighting spend.
To support businesses achieve their aim of reducing energy consumption through lighting, whilst maintaining a high quality lighting design, Liz Snowball, Consumables Buyer at Beacon, has compiled her top three lighting tips for the hospitality sector:
- Calculate the savings for your business
The thought of changing every single light bulb/fitting within your business can often sound unachievable and time consuming, but I always recommend at least calculating what your saving could be – we have been able to save many of our customers thousands of pounds by going through this process, so it is definitely worth considering. We at Beacon are such advocates of LED lighting that we have recently installed a LED solution in our biggest department at Head Office, the whole area was rewired and re-lamped with 88 fittings in just one weekend with no disruption to our staff and we are already seeing a 20% decrease in our energy bills.
- Consider colour
LEDs are not only great for energy consumption and therefore the cost of lighting, but also offer many options when it comes to colour. From reds and blues to different shades of white – LEDs offer a lot of choice, so that you can choose what’s right for your business and the atmosphere you’re looking to achieve. In spa areas where guests want to relax the lighting needs to be soft, indirect and coloured. Light blue-green lighting will project the feeling of tranquillity, a brilliant turquoise will be more exciting to the eye, giving the impression of a lush tropical ocean setting. The psychological association of a colour is often more meaningful than the visual experience.
Location, location, location
Lighting has to be considered for all the areas of your business – the lighting in the lobby or corridor of your hotel will not be the same as the lighting you choose for the bedrooms. Choosing a warm white LED for your hotel bedrooms will give a cosy feel for your guests, whereas a brighter light in the corridors can help guests to find their way around more easily.
Liz continued “Not only does switching to LED save you money, it is also more sustainable, with LED bulbs offering a lifespan of up to 20 years and less heat production. Although there is often an investment involved when switching to LEDs, the bulbs have made significant advances in the past few years and now is the perfect time to address this within any business to help improve profitability.”