A lighting system renovation can improve effect and
By Lauren MacLeod
(published in Hospitality Construction, September/October 2006)
Hotels and resorts are typically renovated every
five to seven years, and these are excellent
occasions to update the lighting and even
revisit missed opportunities in lighting design.
Whether highlighting architectural features or
upgrading to more energy-efficient sources, the
goal is to improve the overall effect and
function of the lighting. An integrated design
team that produces well-coordinated documents
is essential to this process.
When the architect, interior designer, landscape
architect and lighting designer work closely to
design and coordinate information, the
renovation will most likely remain within the
set construction schedule and budget.
Refining the process
Lighting designers strive to achieve the
architect's vision for a space, and renovations
are no exception. In the early stages of design
development, concepts such as the direction of
the light, the preferred light levels, the color of
the light source and the efficacy can be
integrated to achieve the desired effects.
The direction of the light can expand and define
a space, as well as emphasize special finishes.
For example, directing light upward can elevate
a low ceiling condition. Washing walls with
light can reveal finishes and textures and can
give the impression of an expanded space.
Well-placed luminaries direct light to highlight
artwork, seating groups or special features.
Varying intensities and control of lighting
groups will create an even greater impact on the
New advances in lamp technology are
permitting designers to combine energy
efficiency with good color. When lighting
designers refer to the color of white light
sources, they're talking about its Color
Rendering Index and color temperature.
Lamps with higher CRIs have a balanced color
spectrum, and thus render colors better (or
more realistic to the eye) th