Factors to bear in mind when lighting a hotel room

By: Secom
30 de June, 2021
Reading time: 11 min

Lighting a hotel room is subject to changing trends, variable designs and criteria like energy saving and efficiency. It is a constantly changing subject, something every hotel has to adapt to continually. Yet there are common characteristics in almost all of these projects, one of which is the use of LED lighting technology, which opens the door to sustainability, adaptability and reduced costs. However, just as the aesthetic of a luminaire must adapt to each space, the tonality of light has to adapt to all other materials used as well.

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What factors must be borne in mind when lighting a hotel room?

The concept of a hotel room is no longer just a question of creating a place to sleep in. It is also used for work, to eat and to relax, among other things. The lighting project must take all these considerations into account.

In recent years, the industry has undergone major advances in lighting rooms with LEDs: the possibilities of this technology are limitless and they allow for complete changes to a room through correct lighting achieved with just a few small adjustments. Furthermore, these lights also meet all the requirements that must be considered when illuminating a room, such as design, comfort, versatility, quality and warmth.

Atmosphere and sensations

Light creates sensations. Identical spaces can appear totally different with different lighting. On top of that, the tone of the light can affect deep changes also. Some give the sensation of comfort, while others are cold or even sterile. In a hotel, lighting of around 2700k is a good rule of thumb.

In rooms with balconies or terraces, the outside areas should be illuminated in such a way as to create continuity with the interior. There are many potential solutions in these cases and they should be selected in accordance with the original concept of the hotel in order to ensure the desired experience.


Different areas with specific needs

Each area of the room has its own specific needs. The entrance, sleeping area, bathroom and balcony or terrace all require specific illumination.

For instance, in bathroom areas it is important to achieve both general illumination and more isolated lighting on the mirror. If the luminaires are appropriate for each area, the entire room will be correctly illuminated.

In the relaxation area the light should be warm and, to a certain extent, low level. There should also be adjustable spotlights that adapt easily to guests’ needs. A colour temperature of 3000k is ideal for this area.

Energy saving

Lighting controls are very effective for these kinds of projects. Given the diversity of areas and illumination needs, in addition to the use of LED luminaires, automation and motion sensors can be installed to ensure huge energy savings.

What is the perfect lighting for a hotel room?

Perhaps perfection does not exist when discussing a hotel lighting project. What certainly does exist, however, are different design concepts and multiple ways of achieving the efficiency, flexibility and adaptability required of this kind of project. Here are some of the factors that contribute to achieving excellence in a task of this type.

High efficiency

Premises like hotels require luminaires with a high level of efficiency, endurance and durability. LED luminaires meet these requisites and contribute towards creating and rediscovering spaces with sensitivity and originality.

Adjustable lighting

Everyone sees light in a different way, so lights have to be easy for guests to turn on and regulate according to their specific needs.

For this reason, many hotels place control panels next to the bed or at the entrance to the room. Directional LED lights providing soft light are good solutions.


Colour temperature for every situation

For guests to be comfortable in their rooms, warm lighting is needed. By which is meant, tonality of between 2700k and 3000k. It is vital to avoid both stark contrasts in light as well as any glare caused by direct lighting. However, in many cases a balance of contrasts is often chosen in order to create movement and avoid staid sensations.

Some recommended SECOM products

When illuminating a space of this kind, SECOM illumination offers a number of products worth bearing in mind. See below:

  • Evoque. This is a surface-mounted interior illumination system equipped with LED technology and ideal for commercial and domestic spaces.
  • Bama. This is a wall fitting that creates a pleasant visual effect.
  • Bossem. Another surface-mounted interior LED system designed with commercial and domestic spaces in mind and one that provides homogenous light.
  • Lartub. This is a surface-mounted or suspended interior illumination system with LED technology, ideal for public or commercial spaces.
  • Twin. A suspended lighting system with LED technology that has great results in commercial and architectural spaces.
  • Aircom Micro. This is used for embedded indoor lighting. It is equipped with LED technology and is perfect for commercial or domestic spaces.
  • Loop. This is an interior downlight luminaire, equipped with LED technology and it works especially well in commercial or domestic spaces.
  • Mitel. This is an embedded lighting system designed with interior spaces in mind.

SECOM’s comprehensive catalogue of lighting solutions ensures excellent results when lighting hotel rooms. Furthermore, the luminaires are sustainable, efficient, adaptable and ensure a welcoming ambience. Just analyse the space you want to illuminate and choose the options that best suit your needs.


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