Whether your restaurant offers 4 for $4 promotions or provides guests with an extensive wine list, one item you always want to serve is proper lighting. Restaurant lighting of any capacity needs to be warm, inviting, and consistent with your brand. But how do you create the perfect recipe for success?
Practical advice on commercial lighting from LED retrofits to lighting design.
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Bo Klune is our Regional Lighting Specialist Manager who oversees the Dallas and Atlanta regions. Bo has many years of experience in the lighting industry –– finding the most efficient energy savings for his customers. Every day we answer countless questions surrounding the topic of energy savings so he's here to help answer some of the most common. Here's Bo with more:
Topics: Energy Efficiency, Savings, Payback, & ROI, Education Facility, warehouse lighting, Hotel Lighting, Hospitality Lighting, Office Building Lighting, Multi-Family Lighting, Hospital Lighting, Retail Lighting, Parking Garage Lighting, Restaurant Lighting
As a lighting specialist that deals with mostly restaurant clients, Brandon Melton faces the topic of LED dimming almost daily. Brandon has many years in the lighting world and works with some of Regency's largest restaurant chain customers to eliminate common LED dimming issues and properly light their spaces. Here's Brandon with more:
There are a lot of big numbers that get thrown around in lighting retrofit discussions. The savings –– from the cost of energy to the lessened maintenance workload –– can be eye-popping.
Yet, oftentimes, the only number that is really eye-popping to your boss is that of upfront cost.
The reality is, no matter how common sense a retrofit may seem, big expenditures rarely get passed swiftly. (And sometimes, the sheer size of the number on the price tag can delay a quick-ROI, "common sense" project for years.)
If you're like so many of our lighting-savvy customers who have had trouble getting budgetary approval for an energy-saving lighting conversion, maybe one of the ideas below can help you to get something pushed through and start saving your company money with a refreshed look.
Topics: LED, Savings, Payback, & ROI, Education Facility, warehouse lighting, Hotel Lighting, Hospitality Lighting, Office Building Lighting, Multi-Family Lighting, Parking Garage Lighting, Hospital Lighting, Retail Lighting, Restaurant Lighting, Movie Theater Lighting
Earlier this year, I was talking with a project manager for a mid-sized national restaurant chain about the challenges of getting a store properly lit (and properly dimmed). "If I open a store a year late and a million dollars over budget, as long as it looks good, I'm not worried about losing my job. But if it's Friends and Family Night and my CEO asks me to dim the lighting and it flickers, I'm worried."
Perhaps you've been in the same shoes, and you're well acquainted with the importance and difficulty of restaurant lighting.
Topics: Restaurant Lighting
Around this time last year, Philips Lighting and the City of Dubai jointly announced the development of "the world's most efficient light bulb," touting a new LED filament bulb that can reportedly produce up to 200 lumens per watt.
Solid State Lighting Design explained more about the lamps:
LED is an exciting technology, but completely changing the lighting in your building over to LED may not always be practical nor the best choice today. We still get a lot of questions from customers asking where in their buildings are the best places to convert to LED.
Oftentimes, the switch to
When making the decision to purchase a certain lighting product, are there any questions that matter more than price, availability, and timeline?
Perhaps that's the case with anything you order –– how much does it cost, is it in stock, and when am I going to get it?
But the stakes can be pretty high when you're ordering lighting to get your building or store into shape before an executive visits or ahead of the holidays or when you're knee-deep in a national rollout schedule.
So, if you call Regency right now and purchase lighting, how long will it take to get your order?
Linear fluorescent lighting has for decades been the workhorse light source for so many applications, thanks to its long life ratings and relatively efficient use of energy. But the emergence of linear LED technology over the last decade or so has really changed the landscape, making buying decisions for linear applications more complex.
We get questions all the time about linear lighting. Is it risky to invest in LED lighting products? Are more fluorescent phaseouts ahead? What linear lighting products does Regency suggest?
If you're responsible for determining the right ambiance and light quality of your application, then you probably already know how important understanding Color Rendering Index (CRI) and Correlated Color Temperature (CCT) is.
Here's the problem: CRI and CCT are anything but easy to understand.