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For restaurants, lighting is a really important aspect of creating the right atmosphere. Too much light will be bright and off-putting, whereas lack of light can make the space seem uninviting. It is more than likely that lighting design will need to incorporate different needs for certain spaces, and even different times of the day. For example, breakfast needs to offer a bright environment to resemble a nice start to the day, and also so that customers who wish to read the paper have enough light to do so. Evening is a different matter, where cosy corners and a more intimate atmosphere is likely to be suitable. The sort of cuisine on offer in a


restaurant will also alter the lighting requirements. Healthy restaurants offering fresh ingredients will often want a brighter atmosphere, whereas indulgence is always best encouraged by a more forgiving and relaxed environment. It is therefore essential that, before any other needs are taken into consideration, the desired atmosphere and brand image has to be at the centre of any lighting design concept. Once the design brief has been decided on, it is then important to


extends the service time thanks to long life and ensures a safe working environment. LED Weatherproof is a perfect solution as it meets all those demands and it can also be used in utility access areas and covered car parks”.


Because of the levels of steam present in most kitchen environments, the moisture proofing that Lees discusses is very important. LED Weatherproof’s IP65 rating means that the unit is sealed from any such problems, and can operate safely in this demanding environment. Because of the busy atmosphere of the


consider the way in which different areas of any restaurant will need to be lit. One key area in any restaurant is the kitchen. It may not have to be as beautiful as other areas, but lighting in this space is perhaps more important here than anywhere else. The space needs to be well lit to prevent accidents, increase productivity and also ensure that any quality control procedures can be completed with ease. The kitchen is an area where cleanliness is paramount. Fixtures need to adhere to strict guidelines to ensure that they are suitable for areas in which food is prepared. Edward Lees, Product Manager at Toshiba Lighting Systems UK, explains how the company’s LED Weatherproof fixtures are perfect for restaurant kitchens; “In commercial and industrial kitchens, there is a need for moisture and dirt proof lighting that helps keep energy costs down,


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“As you won’t have to replace the lamps as often thanks to LED Weatherproof’s 40'000 hour life, there will always be the critical light needed for people to work safely while using sharp objects. The last thing you want is no light just as you've started using a big


knife!” - Edward Lees, Product Manager at Toshiba Lighting Systems UK


restaurant kitchen, things like maintenance work can cause a real disruption. The long life of the LED Weatherproof fixtures means that such setbacks should be far less frequent, also saving the restaurant money. “As you won’t have to replace the lamps as often thanks to LED Weatherproof’s 40'000 hour life, there will always be the critical light needed for people to work safely while using sharp objects” concludes Lees. “The last thing you want is no light just as you've started using a big knife!” It’s a well


observed fact that we eat with our eyes, so lighting the food in restaurants is about creating an atmosphere in which food looks at its most


appealing. For fresh produce, this is a case of ensuring that light not only picks up the stark contrast of bright colours, but also that the light source itself doesn’t cause food to prematurely age as a result of levels of heat emitted when fixtures are running. This is something that places such as deli style restaurants need to take into consideration to ensure their offerings look their best. Lighting manufacturer Megaman has just recently provided a solution to this problem for London-based


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