As local and global travel continues to increase, competition in the hospitality industry is at an all-time high. To outperform your competitors, you need to provide high levels of comfort to your guests while maintaining a cost-effective operation. Efficient hotel LED lighting design can help you provide an exceptional guest experience while allowing you to save big on energy and maintenance costs. Between the cost savings, longevity, and quality of LED lighting, every hotel and motel should consider what LEDs can do to improve their guest experience and bottom line.
The bottom line. Hotels run lights every hour, day and night, 365 days a year. Even the thinnest improvement to lighting costs could lead to major savings on an annual basis. With LED lighting, you stand to save money thanks to lower maintenance costs, lower energy usage, and a longer life expectancy than traditional lighting. The use of LED lights in restaurants and hotels is growing in popularity. While more expensive to purchase, they are 300 per cent more energy-efficient than fluorescent lighting, and 1,000 per cent more energy-efficient than incandescent bulbs.
By simply changing light sources to new LED options, you can save more than 80 percent on your lighting-related energy costs. You can also reduce maintenance time since you don’t have to change your lighting for (at least) five years. This allows you to concentrate on your guests, rather than worrying about changing light bulbs.
Why is it important for the hotel manager to consider the lighting?
As a hotel manager, you are selling an experience to the guests in form of a hotel stay. Therefore, it is important to be aware of how the guests perceive and feel at the hotel and being the hotel manager it is your finest job to give the guests the best possible experience. It is important to consider lighting as a part of the interior decoration of the hotel because the lighting can support the creation of a nice atmosphere. Thus, it is not enough only to have the right interior, because if the light is not right, even the most professional design of interior decoration cannot make the guest feel comfortable.
When hotels install energy efficient upgrades, they can save as much as 10 percent on energy consumption which would, in turn, reduce their electricity bills. Hotels can also improve the maintenance costs, enhance guest comfort and demonstrate an interest in energy conservation.
The 4 Zones
When it comes to hotels, there’s no easy way to talk about lighting because there’s such a variety of needs. On the one hand, hotels can choose from an incredibly wide selection of fixtures, from bedside table lamps to bedside lights embedded in the wall; from close to ceiling fixtures or lighting pendants in guest rooms and hallways to wall sconces to chandeliers. If you want to replace the current lighting solution in the hotel rooms with a LED solution, you can with advantage divide the hotel rooms into different ‘zones’ with various lighting needs. In other words, it is important to be aware that you cannot lump all lighting together but instead you must evaluate the light’s unique qualities including its colour temperature and its colour rendering.
Hallway lighting: It is important to light up the hallway in an open and welcoming way because the hallway is the first thing the guest sees when entering the hotel room. It is always important to have a sufficient amount of light in the hallway, so the guest feels at home.
Room lighting: It is essential to have good lighting in the room because it is here that the guests are the most of their stay in the hotel room. As room lighting floor lamps and spots in the ceiling if often used.
Bedside lighting: Close to the bed bedside lamps can be used. You can also LED strips behind the headboard to light up the wall behind the bed.
Bathroom lighting: In the bathroom, there exists another climate than in the rest of the hotel room, and this is important to remember.
Then you have the many needs for that lighting: bright and usually white (higher colour temperature) lighting in meeting rooms; warmer colour temperatures often at lower lighting levels in guest rooms; mood lighting in restaurants; security lighting outdoors; etc.
Why LED Lighting for Hotels?
For example, the initial costs of an incandescent source may only be fifty cents; however, its energy consumption will easily cost more than ten times over its relatively short life. When a new source must be purchased, the cycle begins anew.
After switching to LED lighting, many businesses across the country have seen improvements in their electricity expenses. In a report, hotels, casinos and other companies have saved thousands of dollars and experienced tremendous return on investments after they began using LED and other energy efficient lighting.
For example, a hotel in Las Vegas reportedly replaced inefficient metal halide lights on the building’s facade with LED lighting – a move that saved the facility about $41,000 annually. Also, a casino in Wisconsin is expected to save more than $221,000 in electric costs the first year the building’s new LED lights are in use, and $120,000 in maintenance costs over the next six years. Because LED lights only need to be replaced every few years, businesses with commercial exterior lighting no longer have to worry about the costs involved with replacing blown light bulbs.
Hotels that may be considering upgrading to energy efficient lighting should contact the energy efficiency consultants at Inergy Solutions. At Ingery Solutions, we can provide you with more details on the best options for your hotel as well as the maximum benefits that can be achieved.