- Sustainability — While the term “sustainability” can feel over-used in every category from the corporate world to consumer goods, it still ranks high on what guests want to hear about when staying at a hotel, dining at a restaurant, or using a product. Solid-state lighting, and therefore LED, can be considered “sustainable” because of its energy-saving properties, its longevity, and the fact that the light source is coming from a semiconductor versus a vacuum or gas tube like you’d find with an incandescent or fluorescent lamp. If a hospitality venue is utilizing LED lighting in its public areas, exterior grounds, guest rooms, dining areas, or meeting spaces, that usage could be counted as part of the business’ sustainability initiatives.
When it comes to decorative lighting, many manufacturers are turning to natural materials such as reclaimed wood, bamboo, jute, water hyacinth and seagrass for pendants, portable lamps, and fixtures.
2. Wellness Choices — Hotel and restaurant operators are heeding the call for health-conscious and wellness options. For hotel design, this translates into creating designated green spaces for guests to unwind outdoors or incorporating yoga or fitness studios and spa-like environments for relaxation. When illuminating these spaces, designers are specifying decorative lighting that features natural materials and that provides a soft, warm glow instead of conventional ambient lighting in higher color temperatures.
3. Smart Tech — Consumers are more comfortable with technology than ever before, and since the pandemic, there has been an emphasis on touch-less protocols. More hotels are adapting tech such as digital room keys and concierge services (room service, check in/check out, and housekeeping requests) operated via a hotel’s proprietary app plus voice-controlled appliances (TV, thermostat, blinds, music) and lighting. In the near future, expansion into AI technology will allow hotels to further customize the guest experience to become an individualized “immersive” environment.