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Selection Criteria for Hotel Lighting Fixtures

How To Select Lighting Fixtures For A Hotel In 2020?

  • According to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), hotels take up to 5 billion sq. feet of area, and all hotels collectively spend over $7.5 billion on electricity each year, as cited by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  • A standard hotel spends approximately 46 percent of total utility costs on electricity. Electricity costs are usually between 4 to 6 percent of the revenue of general hotel property but costs may exceed 10 percent for lavish and vintage hotels.
  • Hotels in the U.S. spent an average annual per square foot of $1.05 on electricity; that is on average, 47,000 hotels in the USA spend $2,196 per available room each year on energy. This represents about 6 percent of all operating costs.

Choosing the best lighting for any hotel becomes necessary because they play an important role in one’s mood, appetite, comfort, emotions, mental and physical health, as well as productivity. When it comes to guest experience, compromising on the quality and durability of the products is never an option. 

A lighting fixture or luminaire is an electrical gadget that gives lighting. All light fixtures have a fixture body and at least one light. The lights might be in attachments for simple substitution—or LED fixtures, hard-wired setup. Fixtures may likewise have a chance to control the light, either joined to the light body or appended to the power. Perpetual light fixtures, for example, lounge area; ceiling fixtures, may have no switch on the fixture itself, yet depend on a switch.

Light fixtures may likewise have different qualities, for example, reflectors for coordinating the light, an opening (with or without a focal point), an external shell or lodging for light arrangement and insurance, an electrical weight or force gracefully, and a shade to diffuse the light or direct it towards a workspace (e.g., a work area light). A wide assortment of exceptional light fixtures is made for use in the hospitality industry separated by the divisions.

LEDs are being highly adopted by most of the people because of all the multiple perks it offers. LEDs last up to 50 times more than other lights, proving to be the most cost-effective. Climate change has forced people to opt for greener and better solutions for every day-to-day item including lighting. LEDs cut down a major amount of energy that is being used by the hotels making them eco-friendly. LEDs come in various designs, colors and are bright which illuminate boring and dull spaces into attractive and welcoming areas for hotel guests.

Given below are the metrics on which the selection criteria of hotel lighting fixtures are broken down. 

  1. Certification And Standards
  2. Material Used in Different Type of Lights
  3. Color and Finish
  4. Pricing
  5. Conclusion

1. Certification And Standards

While selecting any hotel lighting fixture, it is best to use products that are reliable and efficient. Hotels need lighting that does not need as much tending to as residential lightings. So using certified products act as a boon for the hospitality industry.

We have mentioned the main certifications that you should ensure before selecting and finalization of lighting fixtures for your hotel(s).



The United States of America and Canada have a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) providing for the recognition of certifications by the other. UL is highly recognized in the U.S. and a not-for-profit lab, which examines and tests devices and products to determine the risk related to the product when it comes to life and property, and then allots standards and certification.

ADA Compliant

ADA Compliance

ADA Compliant is less of certification and more of a feature. ADA Compliant means the item complies with and follows the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

2. Selection Of Material Depending On The Light Type

Numerous alternatives exist for hotel lighting fixtures, from coordinated architectural to beautiful lights that need just be put on a table and connected to the closest outlet. Albeit a few kinds of fixtures all are connected with a specific level of lighting—surrounding, perception, or complement—most fixtures are adaptable enough to be utilized in various manners. Architectural lighting fixtures mostly in hotels are soffit, cove, and valance. Cove lighting is situated at an edge, or break high up on a wall, and the light is bounced toward the roof or upper wall. Soffit lighting is situated in a soffit or molding close to the roof, and the light transmits descending, covering the wall with light. Valance lighting is situated in a wood, metal, glass valance (flat shield) mounted over a window, or high on the wall and the light ricochets both upward and descending. The procedure of gamboling light off walls and roofs is known as roundabout lighting, which is supported by many lighting experts because indirect lighting limits shadows and glare. Architectural lighting is frequently utilized as surrounding lighting.

 To narrow down the selection, we have divided all the lightings into three types: Indoor, Outdoor, and Decorative.

Indoor Lighting:

There are various indoor lighting being used in hospitality; like Downlights, Linear Lights, Recessed Lights, Industrial Lights, Emergency Lights, Track Lights, and Other Special Lightings.

  1. Recessed Lights: This kind of lighting is attached to the roof and needs a good amount of space to be installed. A recessed light requires basic protection to guarantee that buildup doesn’t dribble into the fixture. Recessed lighting sends a moderately limited band of light one way; it tends to be utilized to give surrounding or emphasize lighting.

  2. Track Lights: Mounted or suspended from the roof, track lighting comprises a straight lodging containing a few heads that can be situated anywhere along a track; the course of the heads is customizable too. Track lighting is frequently utilized for highlighting lighting.

  3. Downlights: Downlights often come in different ratings for hotels as they are installed in rooms as well as bathrooms. Bathrooms require wet rated while rooms are usually dry or not rated. They come in various colors and finish and are popular for hotels.

  4. Desk and table lamps: Desk and table lamps are generally utilized as errand lights since they are adaptable and can be situated in different areas varying (like a side table for reading, or on a desk for work). They are used as surrounding lights in hotels because they provide limited lighting and do not illuminate the entire space.

  5. Emergency Lights: Emergency lights and exit lights are mandatory for any hotel. At AORBIS we provide both green and red-colored exit lights.

  6. Industrial Lights: These powerful round and linear high-bay lights illuminate high ceilings that brighten up a large area for industrial spaces. These lightings include photocell technology-enabled lights, high-bay lights with motion sensors, and a dimming add-on.

Indoor Hotel Lighting

Outdoor Lighting:

Hotels need a large number of outdoor lights to decorate their pool area, sitting, and walking paths.

  • Wall Mount Lights: Wall mount lights are probably the most ornamental fixtures in the lighting market since they are at eye-level in many rooms. They can be either up lights or downlights, giving encompassing or assignment lighting, contingent upon the fixture, however are once in a while incredible enough to give enough enlightenment alone to light an enormous space.

  • Cove Lighting: Cove lighting is a rich sort of lighting that is normally mounted to or fused into the upper bit of a wall or roof. It gives up lighting along the edges of a room onto the roof. It gives lighting to the surroundings and is mostly used in guest rooms’ workspaces. They are outlined by LEDs nowadays instead of traditional lights.

  • Road and Urban Light: These are used to illuminate the walkways. They aren’t very bright but are bright enough to avoid any disasters.

Outdoor Hotel Lighting
Decorative Hotel Lighting

Decorative Lighting:

These lightings are mostly to enhance the look and feel of the hotel space.

    • Cylinder Lights: Suspended from the ceiling, cylinder lighting is a great way to enhance a hotel’s lobby and glamorize the ambiance of the hotel.

    • Ceiling: Ceiling fixtures are mounted right to the ceiling and have a glass or plastic shade hiding the light bulb. Ceiling fixtures have been regular for almost a hundred years, frequently giving all the encompassing light in a guest room.

3. Color And Finish

Depending on the construction type, CCT, and CRI, LED lights for hotels are considered to be the best choice because they are durable, needless tending to, and cost-effective. When choosing lights from different locations of the hotel, it is important to keep in mind if they are IC-rated or NIC-rated.

So what do you mean by IC and NIC rated lights?

The main difference between IC and NIC lights is heat level; IC-rated lights are covered with an external material, which helps light to cool down while NIC rated lights need an external air-pocket or space to help them cool down. NIC rated lights raise safety awareness, so most hoteliers opt for IC rated for internal spaces.

How to determine CCT for lighting?

Correlated Color Temperature (CCT) is a measurement of how yellow or blue the light will be when radiated and is measured in unit Kelvin. Depending on the brand, usually, hotels opt for warmer lightings ranging from 1800-3000K for lobbies and hallways. While guest room lighting often ranges between 2700 and 3000K.

Why is CRI significant in LED lighting? 

Sometimes, we find it hard to determine the color of the item we are looking at, in a wardrobe or storeroom. It is because the lighting has a low CRI! We often come across lights, which produce better light compared to others because of how they’re made. Color Rendering Index (CRI) is the estimation of what colors look like under a light source when contrasted against daylight. The list is estimated from 0-100, with an ideal 100 showing that tones under the light source show up equivalent to what they would under daylight.

This rating is additionally an estimation in the lighting business to help observe effortlessness, tint segregation, and distinctiveness, inclination, exactness, and warmth of the color. Lights with a CRI of more than 80 are viewed as more than worthy for most applications. Lights with a CRI of more than 90 is commonly thought to be “High CRI” lights.

4. Pricing

When choosing the best quality lighting fixtures, it is important to find a product fulfilling all the criteria and not going over the budget. Not all good quality items are costly when it comes to lighting. Choosing an IC-rated light over NIC is a bit expensive but when thinking about the long-term, it best suits hotels. Depending on the application location, pricing varies but at AORBIS you will find the best quality at the lowest prices with a wide range of options to choose from.

5. Conclusion

Proper lighting is everything when it comes to the guest experience. Good lighting can flaunt and enhance every corner of the hotel while compromise lighting effects on the user experience. We know how selecting hotel lighting can be an exhausting task, so we at AORBIS make this easier for you. Scroll through our wide range of best hotel lighting.

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