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Reception lighting – first impressions count

Author: Glenn Harper
Published: September 26, 2014

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For businesses big and small, first impressions count. Whether you're looking to impress clients or the public, the reception area provides the first opportunity.

Some thought should be given to lighting when planning a reception. Harsh, bright lights make visitors feel uncomfortable and unwelcome, whereas poor or dim lighting projects lack of care or success. The right lighting will bring the best out of furniture and furnishings and create an agreeable ambience.

Reception lighting for small businesses and hotels

Smaller businesses or hotels may be limited in floor space, but even small reception areas can make a big impression with the right lighting. The main risk is the danger of overdoing it: large, ostentatious light fittings may hint at a healthy balance sheet, but they will overpower a small reception area and everything in it.

The ideal reception lighting for a small business reflects the strengths it has to offer (usually intimacy and personal attention), but will also be smart enough to make it look an efficient, conscientious business. Let's look at examples from Lyco's wide range of reception lighting options for small businesses.

Small hotel reception lighting

Ardeche Large Pendant

The beautiful Ardeche pendant adds a touch of traditional elegance to any reception area. Its fluted glass shade and polished chrome trim complement each other perfectly. The Ardeche is height adjustable to a maximum 1330mm drop (including shade). A smaller version of this fitting is available if needed.

Garda Low Energy Ceramic Uplighter with Opal Diffuser

Wall lighting is useful for filling bare areas of wall and creating a welcoming ambience. It also acts as a secondary source of illumination, with diffuse light bouncing off nearby surfaces. The unglazed ceramic of the Garda uplighter can be left bare or painted to suit surroundings. Its lower opal diffuser allows a decorative glow of downward light.

Small office reception lighting

Funk Ceiling Socket with Funk 27 Shade and Plumen 11W Designer Bulb

If you want a funky, modern reception idea that makes an impression, the Funk Ceiling Socket and Funk 27 Shade combo give you exactly that. The stylish, contemporary transparent turquoise shade can be suspended to a maximum 2500mm. A Plumen designer light bulb provides the perfect finishing touch with its head-turning looks.

Hove Wall Light

The uncomplicated simplicity of the Hove wall light makes it a versatile all-rounder that will suit most small office reception areas. It uses twin 9W halogen capsules to provide both up and downlighting in a single fixture, and the white plaster finish will complement most offices.

Reception lighting for large businesses and hotels

The larger your reception area, the greater the canvas is to create a lasting impression. You could use discreet wall fittings for added mood. Make the most of high ceilings by installing an eye-catching chandelier or decorative pendant.

As with small businesses, upgrading the existing lighting in a large business’s reception area can have a dramatic visual impact without you having to change anything else. It offers an affordable upgrade option. Let's look at some ideas:

Large hotel reception lighting

Zaragoza 3 Light Pendant

This striking ceiling light creates a favourable first impression in any reception area with its classy black-ridged fabric shade and attractive polished chrome fixings. An opal glass diffuser ensures a smooth spread of downward light from this large pendant, which comes in a choice of colours and can be easily co-ordinated with other items in the same stylish range.

Phantom 7 Light Pendant

There's nothing like a striking centrepiece light to make an immediate impact in any reception area. With its mix of polished chrome and white fabric, the height-adjustable Phantom 7 light fitting adds a touch of class wherever it’s installed. To complete a great first impression, there are also co-ordinated wall lights available.

Large head office reception lighting

Drum 36 - 3 Light Pendant

The Graypants Drum 36 Pendant is a large statement light with a span of over 900mm. Beautifully made from recycled cardboard using a process of precision laser cutting and hand assembly, this stylish fitting is sure to get noticed. The corrugated pattern of each shade is unique, and the warm hue of the cardboard combined with a trio of warm white bulbs ensures a relaxing, welcoming entrance light.

Dillon Glass Table Lamp – Smoked

The Dillon Glass Table Lamp is far more than functional. The faux black silk shade and co-ordinating transparent glass base combine with elegant effect. The Dillon is also available in green, yellow, purple, white, or red, with a polished chrome base.

Save money by switching to LED

Switching from inefficient lighting to retrofit LED light bulbs has a dramatic impact on any business’s lighting costs. Depending on the size of business, annual savings may extend into tens of thousands of pounds. An LED bulb uses 80 to 90% less energy than a filament bulb and it’s also exceptionally long lasting. Running and maintenance costs are drastically reduced.

As inefficient lighting technologies are gradually phased out LED light bulbs are becoming increasingly common. They are now available at a wide range of price points, including many at under £10. By choosing LED for a reception and any other area of your business, a return on investment is guaranteed.

For more advice, inspiration and news take a look at our Lighting Advice section.