Almost anyone can make a decent cup of coffee at home, or pick up a scone at a local grocery store, so what is it about coffee shops that make them so appealing? Cafes and coffee shops are about more than a hot beverage or pastry, they create a certain ambiance or experience where customers can settle in and converse, study, work, or simply read a good book. This environment is based on a few different factors including layout, furniture design, acoustics, customer service, and of course, lighting.
Beyond the desired look and feel of the coffee shop, all areas of a café are also subject to workplace safety regulations that include minimum lighting requirements of public spaces and staff kitchens and bathrooms. Many coffee shop owners are also becoming active environmental advocates, seeking sustainable ways to light their space, in compliance with all safety regulations, while curating the right atmosphere for their customers. LED light fixtures and light Bulbs from EarthTronics check all those boxes, and much more. Here are a few things to consider when developing a lighting plan, or purchasing lighting products for your café or coffee shop.
LED Lighting is Now Commonplace, Everyone is Doing It!
More and more coffee shops are replacing their incandescent bulbs with LED equivalents in an effort to both save money and positively impact the environment. Our LED lighting products, for example, provide over 80% in energy savings when compared to traditional incandescent bulbs. In fact, in 2010 Starbucks switched all of their lighting over to LEDs, helping reduce energy consumption and their budgetary bottom line in the long run. LEDs of today also come in a wide variety or lumens and color temperatures, so you can easily opt for warm or cool LED lights depending on the look you’re going for.
Incorporate Natural Light As Much As Possible While Utilizing LED Dimmers.
By installing large windows, mirrors, and skylights, natural light can shine in, creating a comforting, yet natural motivator for your patrons. Install dimmer switches on all your LED lights as well so as the sun sets, customers can still enjoy that intimate, cozy setting they are looking for.
Bring Your Artistic Flair To Life With LED Fixtures.
LED lighting fixtures can make a dramatic statement, serving as focal points in a room that add character and allure. These can include elaborate chandeliers, pendant lights, and sconces.
Layer The Lighting.
By layering general lighting with task and focal lighting, as well as natural light, you can create a nuanced space that is appealing to everyone, no matter the season or time of day. Incorporate lighting that matches the form and function of the space by layering different LED light sources. Combine Decorative Filament LED Bulbs with a vintage feel and LED downlight fixtures to build a well-lit space that is still aesthetically appealing. Recessed down lights are also great light sources for the kitchen area as they avoid the potential of dust settling on light fittings and contaminating prepared food.
Interesting in learning more? Read about LED lighting specific to restaurants.
If you’re in the middle of a renovation project and are considering making the switch from incandescent lights to LEDs, remember that doesn’t mean you have to lose an existing fixture that you feel is identifiable to the coffee shop. In many cases, your existing lighting can be retrofit with a low-voltage LED alternative.