Lighting is key when creating a great ambience for your space and should not be an afterthought when designing your restaurant. It is important to give good consideration to balance ambient, task and feature lights in the various areas of a restaurant. Lighting should reflect the mood of the space at each given time of the day. Dining areas should have layers of light which can be adjusted depending on the mood one trying to achieve.

Task lighting as the name suggests is for functional use within the restaurant. Overhead lighting for reading menus is a good example of task lighting. They can double up as a feature light and can provide a focal point to your restaurant.

Feature lighting will usually light up an area of focus or draw one to a particular point, which can also create drama. Feature lights can be used to light up artworks, ornaments and objects of interest. The key to lighting design in your restaurant is to decide on the functions of each space and appropriately determine the lighting requirements for each given area.