Cafés and restaurants are more than just about great food. Experiential factors such as service, ambiance, and aesthetics combine to round out the character of our favourite eateries. The best of these establishments provide an appealing environment in which customers can enjoy their meals and drinks and encourages them to return. Designing a lighting plan is a significant part of creating an enjoyable experience. Whether it be a local brunch spot, small coffee shop, or a fine dining establishment, each of these businesses have highly individualised environments they want to create for their customers.
Beyond the desired aesthetic outcome, all areas of a café or restaurant are also subject to workplace regulations which include minimum lighting requirements of both public areas and spaces that are generally out of view such as the kitchen. Being familiar with the specific requirements as well as understanding which lighting products can accomplish your goals is an important part of designing a lighting plan.