Hotels are multifunctional and have several functions and purposes. A guest room, front office, restaurant, leisure space, kitchen and bar are just a few commonly found spaces. Modern buildings often require architectural innovation, but historic building refurbishments are also popular in hospitality design. Daylight solutions can support optimal management of both natural and artificial light.
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Artificial light and energy usage in hotels
Hotel communal spaces are often busy and full of motion. Lighting level requirements will vary according to specific country-based regulations. Ventilation and thermal comfort are also considerations when assessing your daylighting options. Artificial lighting accounts for 15% to 45% of electricity consumption in small hotels and restaurants. Natural light can help reduce this number.
An increase in energy consumption is especially prevalent in twenty-four-hour community spaces. In a 65-room hotel setting, for example, traditional corridor lighting can consume 1000 kWh per day. In lobbies, it can peak at 370 kWh per day. Bedrooms come in at approximately 350 kWh per day usage (source: ec.europa.eu).