Every location has its own unique lighting needs. As one of the more unique locations, funeral home lighting needs to help create the right atmosphere for those grieving the loss of a loved one. Let's take a look at a few tips on funeral home lighting to help make your business more welcoming.
Avoid harsh, overly bright lights
The biggest element of successful funeral home lighting is to make the lighting welcoming. If the lights are overly bright with too high a lumen output for the space, or there are too many fixtures overall, it can create more unease in an already uneasy guest. In fact, a funeral home should be more on the dim side than the bright side. This isn't to say it should be shadowy or poorly lit, but the lighting should be softer in general rather than too bright. Since this is a space where grieving happens, people need to feel comfortable and the lighting will play a big role in this element.
Stick to a warmer color temperature
Part of creating a warm atmosphere in this location is choosing the right color temperature. The right color temperature can mean the difference between guests feeling like they are in a comfortable home and feeling like they are in a mall or other retail space. Color temperature is how warm or cool a lamp is in terms of color appearance to the eyes. A warmer temperature is more on the yellow side whereas a cooler temperature is white to bluish white in appearance. Warm lamps are more ideal for creating a cozy warmth and inviting atmosphere which is ideal for this type of location. It is also worth noting that warmer color temperatures bring out the collection better, so it is ideal for viewing areas. Many funeral homes even install pink hued specialty lights over the viewing area to give the deceased a pinkish glow to the skin.
Another important thing to remember in funeral home lighting is to use several different fixture types to create layers. A well-balanced lighting plan should incorporate overhead lighting such as troffers or recessed cans, wall sconces for added uplight and downlight, and accent lighting for added ambiance. The key to layering lighting effectively is to make sure the color temperatures are all the same even if the direction or spread of the light is different.