Do not let lighting issues cast a an unwelcome shadow on your rating! A study by Osram in 2014 showed that customers frequently criticized the quality of lighting when they gave hotel feedback. The hotels in London for instance, were subjected reviews focused on lighting. Many travelers were complaining of dim, poor lighting and a lack of it in their rooms.

For you to get glowing reviews for your hotel, expert in hotel lighting Heinrich Bohm, a Senior Designer and Associate, gives some of his tips!


As per the late Mr. Bohm, when hotel lighting is well-designed, you may not be aware of that it’s there, “but when it isn’t then you will definitely notice!” He explains that lighting design and layout is usually assigned up to electricians, which means that style isn’t always at front of the agenda. A light planner that can determine the look of lighting particularly in public spaces – is vital to make sure that you don’t create negative impressions.

2. Alter the light source to accommodate changing HOTEL Layouts

“Hotel foyers are evolving,” explains Bohm. Along with that lighting for foyers. The traditional design consisting of separate entrances bar, restaurant and check-in space is becoming replaced with open-plan spaces that allow for different functions to are performed in one space. Lighting must therefore be able to adjust to accommodate the evolving uses of the space during the day. For example, in the morning the cool lighting could be used for breakfast, while in the evening, warmer lighting can help create a more cozy environment. Other areas like the bar may require a separation by using contrast lighting when it is not being used.

3. Maintain your concept

It’s not easy to distinguish in being noticed and appearing out of the room. Statement lamps can provide an excellent focus for guests, but it’s important to make sure they match the overall design theme of the hotel. This is true for the public spaces and hotel rooms as well. Apart from being a feature of design as such, lamps can also be utilized to emphasize features of architecture or ornamentation that give a hotel an unique style or establish its style.


There must be light at the end of the dark tunnel and not only at the end! As Bohm says: “corridors are often overlooked in terms of the design of lighting.” Since they are an essential element of the trip from the foyer into the rooms, they must connect all the areas in your hotel in a manner that is reflective of the ambience in other areas. Although adequate lighting is needed to help you find your way however, there shouldn’t be huge temperatures of light as you move through various spaces.

5. KEEP the room’s lighting flexible

One room, many of uses. Lighting in hotel rooms must be sufficient bright to be effective and also comfortable enough to allow you to unwind. It is crucial to ensure that guests have adequate lighting. As per Bohm among the top crucial fittings is an reading lamp. Another must-have is “A master switch that can shut off all the lamps at once.”

6. Don’t make it complicated

Have you ever spent hours trying to locate that bathroom switch the hotel room? Annoying, isn’t it? Lighting systems that aren’t easy for users to operate are best avoided. When using systems that are based on IT, Bohm recommends installing touch panels that have international icons and symbols. Do not use text. In rooms, systems that make use of phones and tablets are being developed to assist guests control everything from room services to lighting. The majority of guests don’t need for an app download; they simply take a picture of a QR-code to have access to all lighting controls on their phones. It’s true that usability is the most important factor.


Quantity needs quality. Consider how many guests go through hotels every day, week, throughout the year. The result is a massive utilization of light fittings particularly in hotels where guests can control the lighting on their own. As Bohm states, “this can lead to faster degradation of luminaires and lamps, therefore, it is important to choose sturdy and durable materials that are specially designed to be used in hotels.”

8. Provide lighting for a variety of events.

Hotels are a great location for many occasions, from business gatherings to weddings. Because people will not wish to spend the most memorable day of their lives at the same place that reminds them of their work, the most effective option is to give guests a choice. With a range of colors, to adjustable dimmers guests should be able light the space to suit their preferences. If you’re hosting a room viewing be sure that the proper lighting for the event is set up. The pre-determined settings for various purposes can help save time and allow a swift switch between “evening reception” to “conference” for instance.


There are no more conference rooms that had no light to view. The past was when rooms with no windows (and thus, lacking natural sunlight) were usually thought of as very useful for business events to reduce the glare of the sun while also maximizing projection space, for instance. However, nowadays the absence of daylight means there’s no booking. Therefore, wherever it is possible natural light must always be included in the plans.


It’s not a debate in the world of lamps LEDs are currently the top option for hotels. They’re “state of the modern” in terms of design, according to Bohm. The energy benefits are obvious which is why, as prices decrease increasing numbers of hotels are replacing their lighting fixtures with LEDs.