Restaurant safety are two words that most consumers and staff take very seriously these days.
The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated significant changes throughout the restaurant industry -- from fast-casual chains to formal dining.
When we think about safety, we tend to focus on health-related capital improvements, like plexiglass partitions, food preparation equipment that ensures ingredients and meals are at the right temperature, and internal procedures for securing and monitoring staff health.
But lighting can play a huge role in safety as well -- not to mention financial health and well-being.
Curbside Appeal Makes a Huge Difference Today
Curbside appeal is a must, especially now that the restaurant industry struggles with staying afloat, food, and beverage businesses look for creative ways to increase traffic.
Your outdoor signage is a significant element of your restaurant design. Marketing appeal is critical -- mainly when your business is in an area where people have multiple dining choices.
But your menu options are not all that counts.
Visitors need to feel safe when they visit your establishment -- whether it’s a drive-through or a fine dining restaurant with an expansive parking area. If an entrance area is not adequately lit, you will also leave yourself open for slips and falls.
Ensure that your exterior is well-illuminated and appealing and serves as the beginning of a pleasant customer experience.
The Wrong Interior Lighting Can Be Hazardous to Health
Many buildings built before the 1990s still contain fluorescent light fixtures. Flickering lights, which may seem fine to the untrained eye, can lead to a wide range of health risks.
Your team -- servers, kitchen staff, and other key restaurant professionals -- spend many hours in the restaurant. The wrong lighting can have a severe impact on their long-term health and moods.
The important people who work in your kitchen must see clearly and keep the area clean. Poor lighting can result in severe errors in handling ingredients, cause accidents, and result in unclean working conditions.
The best commercial lighting systems consider the specific tasks your team performs in each area, the industry’s safety needs, and the preferences and requirements of the people who work in it.
Many restaurants that have made the switch to LED lighting have found that better lighting impacts both cost savings and employee and customer satisfaction.
Great Lighting Leads to Greater Productivity
When diners can see what they’re eating, and staff can see what they’re serving, everyone benefits.
From stock rooms to server stations to behind the bar, your employees must be able to navigate quickly and easily. Dim lighting and burned-out bulbs result in errors and accidents.
A huge advantage of LED lighting is that it lasts longer, requiring less maintenance and less downtime for your restaurant.
Consider the Health of the Planet Too
LED lighting has a substantial environmental benefit. LED bulbs consume less power per unit than traditional lighting, reducing greenhouse gas emissions. One LED bulb minimizes greenhouse gas emissions by almost half a ton.
Restaurant Safety is Serious Business
Even before the pandemic, safety guidelines and training were of paramount importance to the industry. Combine that with a host of new requirements related to social distancing, mask-wearing, and sanitizing.
The light at the end of the tunnel can literally be your restaurant lighting system. Installing LED lights allows you to rethink how you illuminate essential areas in your business.
Your diners and staff will notice the difference almost immediately.
Plus, we at FES assume the entire upfront cost of converting to LED lighting, enabling you to move more quickly to make a transition.
Greater diner satisfaction, increased staff health and safety, and more funds in your bank account all lead to business success -- something the restaurant industry needs more of these days.
Schedule a free energy audit for your restaurant today.