Investment in lighting is important for any hospitality business after all your guests want to be able to see what they’re eating but, on the other hand, they don’t want to dine in an area where the light is artificially bright and overpowering. So, getting your lighting right is an important element of creating a welcoming ambience for your customers.
Typically as a business, you probably need more than one type of lighting – technically termed as ‘layered lighting’ this is because you’ve probably got several different areas within your cafe and restaurant, all requiring different types of lighting and at different levels. We’re going to concentrate on pendant lighting which is extremely versatile and works well alongside other types of lighting such as inset LED ceiling lights and wall sconces.
Breaks up the monotony
Pendant lights help break up the monotonous of just one main light hung in the middle of a ceiling and the best thing is that they don’t leave a ‘footprint’ behind by taking up valuable countertop space. In fact, it helps to think of pendant lights as offering a big ‘pool’ of light since in the main their light is directed down to illuminate a larger area.
Pendant lights are often considered a useful source of task lighting and in a cafe or restaurant, they can be used to great effect to light up workstations where condiments, cutlery, and serviettes, etc may be displayed. They’re also great for lighting up a buffet table so that customers can see quite clearly all of the different dishes that have been set out.
Another benefit of pendant lights is that they can be suspended on long cords to bring your lighting down to your customers and look fabulous in an industrial space with high ceilings where they can be used to make a bold statement.
Modern and classic
Another thing we love about pendant lights is their versatility. They come in a huge range of styles, sizes, and colours. Traditionally pendant lighting was considered as a contemporary addition to the home or business but nowadays there are vintage styled pendant lights which fit equally as well with classical furniture and fittings.
Pendant lights can be fun as well as functional and people feel comfortable with them because they throw out a light which is soft and not as harsh as a spotlight. Why not use coloured shades to create a sculpted piece of artwork which not only reflects on objects below but on your customers too? You can also use pendant lights to divide up certain areas of your cafe instead of screens which can make smaller spaces feel a little claustrophobic. The variety of sizes from pendant lights as small as a wine glass to gigantic vertical shades means that the only limitation is possibly your imagination.