Lighting mood and control at the hotel and restaurant
Correctly selected light colours create atmosphere – and change it. We perceive warm light as intimate and relaxing, while cool light focusses our attention.
Thanks to their variable light colour, Tunable White luminaires always create the right atmosphere: In a Tunable White version with changing colour temperature, light scenes can be set such that they enhance the desired feeling of space, as for example at the Shaffy Restobar restaurant in Amsterdam. There, an "artificial sky" changes the lighting mood during the course of the day. For guests, this creates a natural ambience in harmony with the circadian rhythm.
The ability to control both direct and indirect light with Tunable White technology can craft various kinds of atmospheres: from casual lunch at noon to fine dining in the evening.
Colour Warm Dimming
With Colour Warm Dimming technology, the light can be dimmed while maintaining the correct colour rendition. It is precisely this quality of lighting that makes guests feel comfortable. In the design hotel Blique by Nobis, the colour temperature transitions smoothly thanks to Colour Warm Dimming. The lighting mood in the lobby is adjusted from 3000 K to 1800 K, optimally adjusting the artificial light to the incident daylight.
Light has a significant effect on mood – which is why it is so important in restaurants that it adapts to natural daylight, the time of day, and different table arrangements.
The so-called "observer principle" states that we like to perceive others in brighter light than ourselves. This creates a protected feeling while making the surroundings easily recognisable. The lighting design in the restaurant follows this principle by illuminating table surfaces more brightly than seats. Meanwhile, the increased brightness level presents food appetisingly. Since restaurants are both places to take time out and work environments, good work light for staff must be ensured in addition to a unique ambience for guests.
Above-average colour rendering quality (CRI ≥90) is an absolute must in a restaurant. It adds depth of colour and texture to the dishes and also to the textures of the walls or upholstered furniture.
There is a difference between outdoor lighting with an inviting and pleasant character, or lighting that conveys a rather cool ambience. Outdoor lighting rounds off the hotel and restaurant experience and should also provide an inviting lighting atmosphere for passers-by. At a light colour of 2200 K, for example, hotel entrances look particularly atmospheric. Even 2400 K still conveys a warm-white atmosphere with a slightly cooler basic tone.