Whether it is for hair, nail, beauty or make up, no two salons are the same. Your lighting plan needs reflect the space and the work you do. As a general rule, there are distinct zones within a salon. These include a reception and waiting areas, workstations, wash basins and storerooms.
Reception and Waiting Areas
As these zones are traditionally at the entrance they should feature calming ambient light to ease clients into the salon experience and introduce the overall style of your workplace.
Different tasks require different lighting levels. Consider the mood that you want to evoke as a massage studio in comparison to lighting required for make up artistry. You want to create the right light to show off your work and enhance the clients’ experience.
This area of a salon can be difficult to specify. You want to use task lighting that will assist you with colour matching, yet be comfortable enough for clients to look into from a reclined position. Anti-glare fittings are a non-negotiable.
These areas are commonly out of sight for clients. Lighting should be kept functional with high a colour rendering index to assist with mixing colours and palettes.
A warm white (3000K) colour temperature is best practice in salons. This is light is soft and relaxing and will put your clients at ease. However, it is common to see salons using a 6000K colour temperature. Lights this cool can easily give the room a clinical feeling, which will make it feel more like visiting a hospital than a relaxing salon experience. Cool lighting also can make the skin appeal pale and dull which makes it ill suited to salon use.
Colour Rendering Index
Colour rendering refers to the way that a light source impacts the way a colour is seen by the human eye and how colour variations and shades are interpreted. The Colour Rendering Index or CRI is a scale from 1 to 100.
Perhaps the most important consideration in hair salon lighting is colour matching. If the CRI levels of the salon lights are far from those of natural light sources, problems will result when the customer leaves the salon. This is especially the case when it comes to hair dyeing. Hair colour can change appearance under different types of light, which is why it’s very common for people to get home from the salon and feel that the colour is different from what they saw when the dye was applied.
Contemporary track lighting is perfect for salons. It offers a modern aesthetic while allowing you to turn the light in any direction, as well as moving the lights up and down the track. This flexibility makes it easy for you to adapt the light to the rest of the interior even after the fittings have been installed. Track lighting creates the opportunity to customise a design to suit your personal style as well as the shape and size of your salon.