Hospitality Lighting – Mistakes To Avoid June 23, 2017 – Posted in: Commercial Lighting

Hotel and hospitality lighting is in a class of its own. The requirements, certifications and efficiency is held to a higher standard for larger projects and the costs associated with small mistakes are high. Avoiding these errors can save thousands of dollars on a project and even prevent lawsuits.


Wattage & Efficiency Requirements For Hotel Projects

Often times, electrical engineers will plan the energy requirements along with the capacities for electrical switches and circuits. When a light substitute occurs, the change in power draw could cause huge problems such as changes in electrical plans, delays and wasting money on fixtures you can’t use. To avoid this mistake, make sure to consult with an electrical engineer before making changes to plans and/or match the power draw.


ADA Requirements For Hospitality Lighting

California is notorious for ADA lawsuits for small issues that can easily be fixed. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has wall sconce requirements as follows:

  • Wall mounted light fixtures must be less than 4 inches in depth when mounted 27 to 84 inches from the floor level.
  • Applies to all public hallways and corridors
  • Wall lights that have a higher depth than 4 inches can be used as long as they are mounted higher than 84 inches from the final floor height.

Failure to meet these standards can open you to multiple lawsuits, many being frivolous. All of our wholesale lighting can be customized into ADA compliant fixtures and 90% or more are already compliant by default.

Safety Standards For Project Lighting

This is the most important part of any project and should be your first priority. Skimping on safety standards such as UL or ETL, or fire protection puts your customers in danger. Not only that, but you likely won’t pass inspection and have to reorder completely new lighting or get it in-field approved. We’ve heard multiple cases where buyers purchase lighting and avoid a fully listed fixture. For example, LED components can be UL listed but that doesn’t make the full fixture approved by electrical standards.

Certifications To Look For:

  • ETL or UL Listed (whole fixture) – Electrical Safety
  • RoHS Compliance – Hazardous Material Safety
  • CSA – Canadian Safety Standards
  • CE – European Safety Standard
  • FCC – Federal Communications Commission
  • IP Rating – Water Resistance For Damp/Wet Locations