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The ambience in a hotel can be perfected through the use of appropriate lighting, but getting the balance right is crucial.


When creating the lighting for a hotel, no two projects are the same. The architecture of the space, the personality of the brand and the location in which the hotel is situated all play a role in determining the lighting design. For most of us, staying at a hotel is an exciting treat, and we want the space to feel that bit more decadent and glamorous than our humble homes. For this reason, hotels often feature extravagant lighting centrepieces that take guests’ breath away. This is certainly the case for the Montcalm Hotel in London’s Park Lane, whose stylish restaurant, The Grill, required a beautiful bespoke lighting feature as part of its design.


London–based interior design specialists TONIK Associates created


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concepts for the feature as part of the total restaurant design, with the aim of making the space even more attractive to its diners. TONIK commissioned Paul Nulty Lighting Design to add his ideas to the design, and to develop a lighting sculpture that was up to the challenge. The end design utilises 600 points of light, yet uses only 600W of energy; “That’s just half of the energy it takes to boil a kettle,” marvels Nulty, whose involvement in the Montcalm project also included the review and finessing of existing lighting systems. After much consideration and a


rigorous testing process, it was clear that the light sources needed for this project had to be compact, durable and energy efficient. Fibre optic technology was the initial idea, but the projects eco–


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friendly focus on energy efficiency prompted the selection of an LED–based solution.


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recommended that Iberian Lighting select and produce the most appropriate luminaires. Aided by OSRAM LED specialist CLD Distribution, Iberian Lighting decided that OSRAM’S DRAGON-X DX01 W4F-830 1.2W LEDs


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