LEDs are now easier to use, increase utility

This is part two on a three-part series on lighting design in hospitality. Click here for part two: How mood lighting can affect F&B atmosphere.

Price is one of the deciding factors in an overall choice of design scheme, and thanks to the lowered cost and increased efficiency of LED bulbs and lighting control systems, hotels and designers have more opportunities to design around lighting than ever before.

“LEDs offer the best range of options,” said Nick Albert, design director for Illuminate. “LED has a much longer life and is lower maintenance. Everything is digital and low voltage.”

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According to Jan Vingerhoets, CEO of lighting design firm Flos USA, many of the newest lighting design options are only available with LED light sources.

“As more manufacturers design around the physical benefits of LEDs, more innovative, decorative and architectural fixtures are available than just a few years ago,” Vingerhoets said.

Kay Lang, principal in charge of Kay Lang + Associates, said the price of dimmers when used with LEDs is still prohibitive for some properties. “Everyone wants to use them because they work well and can have a great impact on a space, but the cost is still high,” Lang said.

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