In the hospitality industry, both indoors and outdoors, artificial lighting can make a considerable impact on the mood of guests and customers. The trade-off in hospitality lighting for hotels, conference centra, bars and restaurants relies on inviting light as an essential design element for creating an atmosphere where people feel welcome.
Innovative Lighting Concepts and Cost-Efficacy
Modern day LED technology is being relied upon increasingly by hoteliers and the catering trade as a means of creating an inviting and pleasant atmosphere for guests and reducing power consumption at the same time.
An atmospheric yet energy-efficient interior design can be created with LED lighting solutions which combine warm, ambient lighting with a long lifetime and extremely low energy costs. Innovative lighting concepts can also be helpful to offer the staff optimum working conditions while reducing energy costs at the same time.
Hospitality lighting is one of the main submarkets of general lighting.
Artist impression of Hospitality Lighting for a conference center. (Picture courtesy of Themefusion – Avada).
Hospitality Lighting Market Forecast
Hospitality lighting is, after architectural lighting, the second-fastest uptake in LED penetration. Due to recent McKinsey market research, the LED market share is estimated at close to 50 percent by 2016, increasing to around 80 percent by 2020. Although swifter price erosion supports faster LED penetration on a light unit basis, the impact of the price decline exceeds the effect of the increase in LED penetration. The uptake in LED penetration is decreasing the traditional lighting market size, and is expected to fully take-over in the next decade. Smart lighting including connected systems and smart controls is taking over conventional light controls, taking hospitality lighting experience to a next level.
Applications and Markets
Hospitality Lighting ranges from lighting for hotel lobbies to restaurants, bars, corridors, meeting facilities, wellness and guest rooms, to façade fixtures, conference centra, functional solutions and aesthetic landscape lighting. From personalized lighting in hotel rooms to wayfinding and displays, hospitality lighting can be find everywhere. Architectural lighting forms the very backbone of superior hospitality design.
Typical products that are used in hospitality lighting applications include track-mounted spot lighting, flush and semi-flush mounted downlights, linear lighting, table- and bathroom lighting. Embedded lighting systems are expected to take over a significant part of the future hospitality light schemes.
3D Printing Optics for Hospitality Lighting
At Luximprint, we work with a variety of lighting and related companies that area actively approaching the hospitality market. The majority of them is looking for fast and cost-effective optical solutions, that easily can be created in a flexible way by using our additive fabrication services for functional optical plastics.
Typical illumination lenses that are printed include RGB diffusors, linear optics, and combined reflector-lens set-ups, mostly related to spotlight solutions and wallwashers.
In addition, we foresee an even greater role for Optographix applications in the near future, as the amount of projects is growing rapidly in this particular business area.
Sources: McKinsey and Company, ‘Lighting The Way – Perspectives on the Global Lighting Market‘.