There are three main types of restaurant lighting, each with a unique purpose:
- Ambient; This is the main source of light which can come from natural or man-made light sources. There are various fixtures and window placements that create varying levels and types of ambient lighting.
- Task; This type of lighting is more focused and comes from more concentrated sources. Lamps and table lights are examples of task lighting.
- Accent; This is a non-mandatory light that adds effects to a room. This is decorative lighting that can highlight artwork, menus or add fun, colourful light to your bar or dining area.
Types of lighting:
- Low light; this is most common for fine dining, upscale and more trendy places. Edison bulbs, candlelight, and less natural light. This light is romantic and creates a cozy atmosphere, has proven to help customers to stay longer.
- Bright light; for more engaging restaurants, bright light is used to keep customers alert and awake. Brunch and lunch are meals that leverage the power of bright lights.
- Natural Light; windows, glass doors, and glass paneling can create a flood of warm natural light. This natural light is best when strategically thought out and added to ensure that during the peak times, it creates good lighting and that there is a balance. An important consideration when using natural light is the temperature; make sure that windows and doors are well sealed and that tables near these areas are not uncomfortable or breezy.
- Fixtures; There are a plethora of fixtures and they can create conversation. Edison bulbs are great for low light. There are decorative fixtures, low hanging, pot lights, etc. More modern restaurants may use cleaner and more geometric fixtures, more traditional restaurants may use chandeliers or classic fixtures.
- Lamps and candles; using lamps and candles can create ambient and cozy lighting for more intimate settings.