Hotel Lighting Ideas

Hotels are designed to be comfortable and secure places that offer accommodation and dining services to guests. They often have specific and heightened lighting needs. Selecting the right lighting fixtures can greatly improve the comfort and luxury of the hotel surroundings

Hotel lighting can be divided into indoor lighting and outdoor lighting. Indoor lighting holds particular significance, encompassing various distinct spaces within the hotel, such as entrances, lobbies, relaxation areas, corridors, guest rooms, dining establishments, event venues, as well as restrooms and bathrooms. Each of these areas has unique lighting requirements tailored to their specific functions.

Hotel outdoor lighting, on the other hand, covers a range of aspects including building wall illumination, courtyard lighting, road lighting, and fountain lighting. In the following discussion, we will delve into LED lighting solutions and their applications in the diverse areas of a hotel, categorized by the types of lighting fixtures.

Hotel Interior Lighting

Hotel entrance

The entrance and exit need to use moisture-proof or waterproof LED lamps. If there is a false ceiling, you can choose recessed downlights as the main lighting. If there is no, you can choose a surface-mounted downlight or Waterproof surface ceiling light. It is best to use a 3000-4500K for color temperature, which can make passengers feel a relaxed and warm atmosphere.

Hotel lobby

The lobby is divided into a front hall area, a service desk, and a temporary rest area. There should be a harmonious brightness contrast and excess in these three areas, making the entire space more fascinating. The specific LED light recommendations are as follows.

Front hall area. This area needs to be rich in spatial levels and is suitable for the use of LED strips. At the same time, a large crystal chandelier is installed to highlight the grade and style of the hotel, and anti-glare LED grid downlights can be used in some spaces.

Hotel Reception. This is mainly used for consultation, reception, cash register, and formalities, so the lighting should take into account the aesthetics and practicality. In the workbench area, it is recommended to use high-end table lamps with consistent styles, with anti-glare adjustable hotel downlights or recessed spotlights on the top, and the light is mainly soft.

Temporary rest area: A space for passengers to briefly rest or wait. The lighting intensity does not need to be very high; a recommended level is around 200 lux. Additionally, as passenger flow in the hotel varies significantly throughout the day, it is advisable to opt for a dimmable lighting system to conserve energy. To cater to the reading needs of some customers, table lamps or floor lamps can be placed in the relaxation area.

LED Lights for Corridor

In the corridor leading to each room, it is necessary to install low-color temperature LED wall lights. The illuminance does not need to be too high, which is convenient for passengers to enter and exit and can better decorate the interior space of the hotel and increase the luxury of the hotel.

Hotel Guest Room Lighting

Guest bedrooms

Bedrooms in hotels are also designed to provide a cozy and comfortable environment primarily for relaxation and sleep. As a result, there’s no need for extravagant or overly bright lighting fixtures. A popular and modern approach is to give up central fixtures like chandeliers and ceiling lamps. Instead, lighting is achieved through spotlights, downlights, strip lights, and table lamps. Warm-colored floor lamps are also used to enhance the warm and inviting atmosphere.
Downlights or spotlights for bedroom with a color temperature 3000 to 3500K are the most suitable lighting choice. 7W to 12W is enough for providing an illumination level of about 50-100 lux.For specific areas like vanity mirrors, desks, and bedside tables, it’s common to use table lamps or wall lamps, with an illumination level set at 200-300 lux, ensuring ample and task-oriented lighting where needed.

Bathroom Lighting

Different from the bedroom, the bathroom fixtures need a higher color temperature. It is recommended to use 5500-6500K cool color LED light fixtures to show clean and refreshing. At the same time, the fixtures here need to achieve a waterproof level of IP54 or higher, and waterproof embedding is recommended. Waterproof Downlight or moisture-proof IP54 led surface mount ceiling lights. It is worth mentioning that because many customers have the habit of playing with mobile phones and reading in the bathroom, we can install a small spotlight at the first 30cm directly above the toilet.

Led Lights For Hotel Banquet Hall

This space is usually used for business meetings, formal banquets, etc. Therefore, for the hotel itself and the organizer of the event, the lighting of this area is particularly important. Since the overall atmosphere of hotel banquet halls and conference halls is formal and friendly, we recommend that the illuminance of this type of space should be more than 300lx, and the illuminance should be uniform here, without ugly spots and dead corners.
When guests or attendees judge the specifications of the event, they often judge the current class of the banquet hall first, and the decoration style can be better reflected by various large-scale engineering art lights. Such as crystal chandeliers, crystal ceiling lamps, artistic chandeliers, etc. At the same time, we must also pay attention to the coordinated use of point light sources and band light sources. It is worth noting that due to the large space of the banquet hall, the light of ordinary lamps is often not illuminated. Therefore, it is recommended to add an adjustable-angle spotlight in the gap of the crystal chandelier. It is suitable for choosing a low and medium color temperature of 3000-4500K.

LED Lighting for Hotel Restaurant

The lighting of the Western restaurant in the hotel needs to be designed in conjunction with the dining table and chairs. In the lighting design of the Western restaurant, while satisfying the basic lighting, more attention should be paid to creating a dining atmosphere to set off a warm and romantic home environment. Therefore, hotel restaurants should try to choose low-color warm tones and dimmable LED lamps. The lamp type can choose pendant lighting.

Hotel Outdoor Lighting

The outdoor lighting of the hotel basically includes the lighting in front of the hotel itself, the trail lighting in the hotel courtyard, and the fountain lighting.

Hotel outdoor wall lighting

The key period of hotel operations is at night. Therefore, the exterior wall lighting design has become an important factor affecting the success or failure of the hotel’s operation, and the beautiful exterior wall lighting effects are more likely to attract tourists to stay. The exterior wall lighting design of the hotel should be coordinated with the surrounding lighting design so that the lighting will not make the decoration design of the hotel appear abrupt. To avoid the abrupt and monotonous feeling caused by the interaction between the buildings and the environment. In terms of lighting design techniques, the main light can be used to highlight the core part of the hotel’s exterior wall, and the auxiliary light can be used to outline the rest of the hotel to make the hotel’s exterior wall light very layered. It should not only highlight the essence of the hotel’s exterior wall but also The overall image is shown. At the same time, master the direction and brightness of the light projection to express the texture and characteristics of the hotel’s exterior wall decorative surface materials. Repeated use of light in the horizontal and vertical directions of the hotel exterior wall can make the hotel exterior wall lighting rich in rhythm and hierarchy. Generally, DMX512 LED linear wall washer lights can be used to make the effects of lighting horse racing, chasing, and flowing water. Or use Narrow beam angle outdoor LED spotlights or outdoor wall lights to outline the overall outline of the hotel.

Hotel Garden Lighting

 Hotel garden is mainly used to welcome and send passengers to and from the hotel, and make it easy for them to enter and exit. Mainly use led bollard lights or inground lights, the color temperature is suitable for the use of warm light of 3000-4500K, or natural white light.

Fountain lighting

Some hotels will be decorated with fountains in front of the entrance. The underwater lighting of the fountain is different from general lighting. The various water poses sprayed by the fountain at night, coupled with the color rendering of the underwater lights, make the fountain more enjoyable. Before designing the fountain LED lighting, it is necessary to clarify the structure of the fountain or water body representation system, including the number of jets, the form and effect of water, and the geometric size of each effect. The waterproof level of the selected LED lamps is at least IP67 or above, preferably IP68. At the same time, the lamps need to use low-voltage input such as AC/DC12V/24V input. The best lamps are low-voltage underwater lights or in-ground lights. Suitable for RGB or 3000K Warm light color temperature.

Types of Hotel Outdoor Lighting Design

The exterior lighting design of a star-rated hotel can be categorized into several forms: floodlighting, contour lighting, and internal backlighting. Only when the lighting designer considers and combines all these elements can they achieve the desired lighting effects.

Floodlighting involves using floodlights at specific angles to illuminate the façade of the building, showcasing the overall appearance of the hotel architecture. It highlights the texture of the building’s materials and its unique decorative details, thus giving the hotel a three-dimensional quality. Appropriate variations in lighting color can be added to create contrast, preventing monotony.

Architectural facade lighting, on the other hand, uses point light sources or light strips installed along the building’s shape and decorative details to outline the architectural contours. Narrow beams of light along the edges of the building can also serve to delineate its outline.

Internal backlighting is a technique that utilizes interior lighting to cast light through glass screens or doorways and windows, creating a delicate and translucent nighttime illumination effect.

Hotel exterior lighting design not only aims to make the hotel look grand and stylish but also considers the unity of interior and exterior styles. It should reflect the unique features of the hotel’s architecture. Avoiding excessive and cluttered lighting, a well-thought-out layout can define the hotel’s spatial character and make it stand out in the night’s ambiance.


A hotel, with its diverse spaces, necessitates varying lighting requirements. Selecting the right types of light fixuture and color temperature is crucial for achieving optimal lighting performance, and hospitality lighting choices should align with safety, durability, and flexibility principles to enhance overall luxury and comfort. When undertaking a led hospitality lighting project, it’s advisable to partner with a professional LED light manufacturer to save time and costs.