Look and learn

Bangkok 22nd February 2012

Another trip, another hotel! As hospitality lighting is a big chunk of our daily work as lighting designers it is obvious that we check out the lighting in every hotel we stay. We learn from others successes as we learn from others obvious mistakes. I did the round in my hotel room tonight just to check out the lighting, its functionality and its level of satisfaction as an end user. The hotel is classified as a 5 star hotel and I have no idea if there was a lighting designer involved (likely there was, but maybe this was a design and supply job). So this is just my observation and experience as a guest.

The master key card at the entrances switches on ALL the lights without any discrimination. It all looks average and there is absolutely no wow effect. In other words there is not really any welcome mood. Just all on… not really a big deal but some energy saving and mood (wow) setting could be achieved with some more thought…Likewise all lights in the bathroom are on one switch, another opportunity lost for part switching light on an as need basis only (toilet or vanity only) and saving energy in the process.

Several design issues that I noted:
1- Pendant located over the lounge seat, potentially a hazard when getting in/out the seat
2-Bedside wall sconces, clearly show a burn mark on the shade à because of the use of 60W GLS (!) in a shade probably designed for maximum 40W. Opportunity missed for the use of energy saving lamps.
3- Bedside switch, usage unclear, engraving not readable.
4- Adjacent dimming panel only seems to work as a master on-off. The up and down dimmer does not seem to have any effect?
5- Bath room wall sconces, (incandescent) lamp replacement bulb does not fit and sticks out. Looks cheap and opportunity missed for energy saving. These kind of lights should have been designed to accept only suitable lamp types.
6- I accidentally discovered there is a linear back light behind the bedhead panel…totally invisible and a waste ef energy and expenses (intention though is good but as so often execution so poor it renders the end result useless) .

I am just being critical as a professional lighting designer, in real life most guests may not even notice what I notice 🙂

Light Watch 3-23: Look and learn ….

 The unreadable switch

The pendant over the lounge chair

The un-noticable linear bedhead lighting

The bathroom sconce with oversized bulb

The burnt shade

22. February 2012 by Martin Klaasen
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