Expert Restaurant Lighting Designs Improve Customer Service and Mood
Lighting in restaurants is complex. While the entire building must comply with the rules and regulations associated with the construction industry, the food storage and preparation areas are subject to FDA requirements. The customer area, while also subject to some FDA rules, is primarily oriented towards the ambiance for and comfort of the customers.
In addition to aesthetics, comfort and compliance, the placement of the light fixtures should also allow for easy and limited maintenance so production time is not disturbed.
CBMC Lighting Solutions has extensive experience in designing and supplying product for restaurants under these demanding conditions, and offers superior logistics support and customer service that ensures everything is available when needed so your project comes in on time.
For a free consultation about your restaurant project, call us at 317 – 780-8350 today.
Food Storage and Prep Area Lights
FDA rules for food storage and preparation are very precise. Light fixtures must be easily cleanable. The lamps themselves have to be shielded, coated or otherwise shatter-resistant in areas where there is exposed food, clean equipment, utensils and linens.
Storage areas with wrapped and unopened food have different requirements. The infrared or other type of heat lamps need to be protected against breakage by a shield surrounding and extending beyond them. There are rules for lighting walk-in refrigeration units and dry food storage, and other rules that apply only when those areas are being cleaned.
The FDA also dictates the level of illumination required by square foot for buffets and salad bars or anywhere fresh produce or packaged foods are sold or offered, for reach-in and under-counter refrigerators, for areas used for hand washing or washing of pots, pans and other utensils, in areas where pots, pans and utensils are stored, and in areas with toilets.
Finally, there are requirements for areas where an employee is working with food, utensils and equipment where safety is an issue.
Restaurant Lighting for Customers
Lighting in the dining area of a restaurant is an entirely different matter. Here is where you create an ambiance that showcases all the architectural and design features of the restaurant while playing down anything that doesn’t put your best foot forward.
The design in this area is all about the customer. Whether you need bright or low lighting, it is determined by the atmosphere you wish to create and the size of the room. Intimacy is accomplished with dim lighting, but customers must still be able to read the menu, see their hosts, their dining partners and their meal.
Flexibility is also important. You may want lunch lighting that encourages fast turnover, while dinner lighting invites customers to sit back and relax for a while.
LED lighting, which can be used to create a variety of atmospheres, is becoming increasingly more popular in restaurants. It is low-maintenance, uses less energy and can save thousands of dollars. It is also available in a variety of colors to create just the mood you’re looking for.
When you work with CBMC Lighting Solutions, our first step is design. You see exactly what the restaurant’s light design will look like. Then, we go ahead with acquiring the product and liaising with you to ensure you have everything you need when you need it to help your project come in on time.