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The right restaurant lighting can make the difference between guests who linger – and spend more – and those who eat and run. E-conolight offers a number of LED fixtures appropriate for restaurant applications both inside and out where color and tone are critical.
In the dining room, dimmable recessed lighting and track lighting can create exactly the right atmosphere for guests. Turn lights up for daytime and early evening dining and bring them down again for more intimate affairs. LED lamps can be used in pendant lighting over individual tables to provide warm, white light that upgrades any dining experience.
The National Restaurant Association, in a post dedicated to front-of-house operations, advises restaurateurs to carefully apply lighting to highlight the eatery’s personality, make guests look great and create just the right atmosphere. The writer also points out the value in dimmable fixtures.
“Lighting can set the mood in your restaurant, creating a soothing ambience that encourages customers to linger … You want people to look their best, so they’ll stay longer and buy more,” the story reads. “Use dimmable lights to allow you to adjust the lighting as needed … (there’s) a different feel at lunch than at dinner than at late night.”
LED lay-in troffers in the kitchen provide bright, even light in sealed, maintenance-free designs that are easy to clean. Sous chefs can prepare ingredients for cooks and executive chefs know they have the right textures and colors. Because the troffer lights are designed for 1-for-1 replacement in existing T-bar ceiling grids, upgrading to LED from fluorescent light panels is a snap.
Barry Dickinson, service manager with Roman Electric, Inc. in Milwaukee, WI, said restaurant customers who install LED troffers are happy with them.
“They come in three sizes, which is great especially in restaurants,” he said. “They’re easy to install and easy to clean.”
The NRA in a recent post about the back-of-house noted that switching to LED is an investment in long-term savings both in energy costs and not having to replace burned out lamps.
“With their reduced heat load, LEDs can lower your cooling costs, especially crucial in warmer climes,” the article reads. “Because LED bulbs last for years, you’ll have fewer lights to change.”
Energy efficiency and great style begin before diners walk in the door, and the right outdoor lighting scheme is also crucial for leaving a great last impression as well.
Russell Guddex, manager of an Olive Garden restaurant in Brookfield, WI, chose LED premium directional floodlights for both security and landscape lighting. The combination of safety and beauty welcomes guests with the right amount warm illumination.
“The light is vibrant and bright,” he said. “The way (the LED light fixtures) wash the sides of the building and highlight the tressels is fantastic.”
LED wall packs and canopy lights make guests feel more secure by providing bright light along pathways and eliminating shadows along exterior walls. LED floodlights and parking lights improve visibility for drivers and pedestrians for even greater security.
Not only does the LED surface mount downlight offer tens of thousands of hours of operation, it also features easy installation and the ability to mount it almost anywhere. The LED downlight is UL listed for wet locations, so customers can use it to update lighting in critical areas like both the kitchen and bath, including the shower.
Willis Ponds, a partner at Willis Sinclair Homebuilders in Brays Island, SC, appreciates the downlight’s versatility and sealed design for use in bathroom design.
“This is a great solution for showers because it’s completely sealed,” he said.
The surface mount downlight is a recessed lighting fixture designed to fit into a 4/0 junction box, and, thanks to included torsion springs, it can also be retrofitted for most 5” and 6” recessed housings.
Ponds agrees the design is one of the fixture’s best features.
“The best part about this kit is the ability to install it in a junction box,” he said. “I like this feature because when building a new house, you do not have to worry as much about placing can lights (because) an octagon light box takes up far less space so light placement is much easier.”
Not having a big hole in the ceiling or worrying about a can light protruding above the ceiling is also a plus, Ponds added. Not only is there less trim work and patching, but builders can better insulate around the light box.
Ponds also appreciates the ENERGY STAR® rating, the 13W LED at 3000K, 80 CRI and 800 lumens.
“This fixture gives excellent light, looks good, and is energy efficient,” he said. “This is a great light fixture that I have used several times now and love.”
Office lighting can be tricky to get right. On the one hand, workers need bright light to do their jobs, but on the other hand, light can’t be too bright or computer screens get washed out and lead to vision fatigue.
E-conolight has a number of LED fixtures to keep employees on task and productive both at their desks and in meetings with colleagues.
LED troffers, track heads and recessed lighting all contribute to a brighter, healthier work environment:
- Troffers deliver light evenly from overhead without glare, fulfilling general illumination needs.
- LED track heads are more of an accent layer, perfect in smaller offices and conference rooms because they can highlight significant details or gently wash walls.
- Recessed lighting is versatile and serves as another layer, providing more targeted light that can also serve as general illumination instead of or in conjunction with troffers and track heads.
Lighting also impacts how employees feel and think about their workspace. By providing LED lighting solutions that improve comfort and productivity, workers keep a more positive outlook from the start of their day until they head home.