A restaurant might struggle to find the balance between harsh lighting that creates a stressful atmosphere and lighting that is too dim for patrons even to read their menus. That struggle is intensified by a restaurant’s generally-thin profit margins that force a manager to find every possible means of reducing operating costs. LED lighting can be the solution to both of these problems.
LED lighting has no equal where cost and efficiency are concerned. LED lighting produces the same illumination as traditional incandescent fixtures while using less than half the electricity input that is required for those fixtures. A restaurant will see lower utility bills immediately after switching from incandescent to LED lights. Further, LED bulbs last, on average, more than 50,000 hours and in some cases up to 100,000 hours with little or no decrease in performance. A restaurant will save additional costs through lower maintenance and repairs on LED lights.
Restaurants can measure the cost savings and efficiency of LED lights directly and objectively with lower utility bills. The benefits of LED lighting for restaurants go well beyond efficiency. In particular, every restaurant seeks to establish a mood that attracts regular patrons and that makes their dining experience memorable. New white- and color-tunable LED lighting systems help a restaurant to better match the mood of the lighting with the restaurant’s overall ambience. LED lighting can also be fine-tuned throughout a day to match changing ambient lighting conditions.
When patrons are enjoying their dining experience, they also tend to place larger orders, which then generate additional revenue for the restaurant. Restaurant designers and architects who understand this will take extra measures to use LED lighting that highlights the restaurant’s food and other unique features.
The dining area is not the only part of a restaurant that benefits from LED Lighting. Kitchen and food preparation areas in restaurants can be cramped and active places. Shadows and dark areas in kitchens can lead to errors in food preparation and can be dangerous for cooks. Brighter LED lighting in those areas reduces errors and helps to maintain a safe and efficient workspace for all kitchen employees and waitstaff.
Restaurants can also use LED lights to differentiate dining spaces. Different beam configurations, diffusers, and lenses can focus lighting on individual tables to create a more personal and private environment at those tables. It can also be used to separate parts of a larger dining room to create a better feeling of closeness and intimacy.
Lastly, LED lighting systems allow managers to change the mood and ambience of a restaurant almost at will. With a color-tunable system, a restaurant’s lighting can undergo dramatic changes for special events, private parties, and holidays. With this versatility, a restaurant can realize a greater return from its facilities.