Guide to the Lighting of Licensed Premises

The Society of Light and Lighting (SLL) has published a new illustrated guide covering the lighting of licensed premises. It will be of interest to anyone who operates a restaurant or bar, whether it is in a sports club, a village inn or a bustling city centre pub.


This guide is an indispensable aid to those involved in the design, fit-out and refurbishment of licensed premises. It covers existing buildings, new buildings and conversions, explaining the various methods of lighting a space, and the different types of light source, including LEDs, and their advantages.


It is written in non-technical language in terms that require no specialist knowledge of lighting with plenty of diagrams and colour photographs, compiled by a group of lighting experts who all have experience designing lighting for bars, pubs and restaurants.


Many factors contribute to the atmosphere in licensed premises, but lighting and decoration are the most important. A small pub in the country may call for a very relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, whilst a town centre bar aimed at a different clientele may call for a more stimulating, vibrant one. The guide offers step-by-step advice on how best to achieve particular results with lighting; numerous colour pictures illustrate key points in the text.


Guidance is provided on meeting legal requirements relating to lighting: Building Regulations Part L impose specific demands for the energy-efficiency of lighting, likewise there are minimum requirements for emergency lighting.


“The new guide explains why lighting is important for licensed premises,” said Liz Peck, SLL Secretary. “It gives advice on lighting design for both the interior and exterior of different pubs and bars.”


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