When it comes to lighting, it can affect the mood of your clients, their first impression of your salon and the efficiency of your employees.
Lighting in the salon has a very practical use, more than in any other room or building. It allows your employees to work, see customers clearly, and ensure they do everything right. So, this directly affects the quality of the work - not even the best professional hairdresser, nail specialist or makeup artist can do their job in poor lighting. Not to mention it is bad for their eyesight. There is also a psychological factor: for example, the lack of natural light at the front desk makes it difficult to focus on tasks and can adversely affect sales.
People go to the salon to feel and look good. Did you know that good lighting can help in this regard as well? Properly placed lighting makes you look better in the mirror and gives the colors as close to what they can as possible. It also helps professionals do their jobs with the utmost precision. Imagine what a catastrophe it would be if your employees didn't see what they were doing.
Lighting design for hair salons is impossible without a few technical terms, so let's talk about lighting types and common indicators so you know what we're talking about.
Ambiance - The primary source of lighting in your salon, usually created by dimmers and recessed ceiling lights.
Assignment - additional lighting sources to help you work, such as a reception desk lamp or floor lamp at a color station or magnifiers used by cosmetologists.
Accent - Used to bring attention to something in your salon, such as product displays or professional certifications.
Vanity - Provides a uniform source of illumination around the mirror and reduces shadows, which helps hairstyles and makeup artists work on the client.
The lighting design above the workplace should be bright 4200k and CRI 85+, but diffused, and certainly should not be neon, so as not to strain the eyes. It is best to choose tones in the interior of the lighting that is closest to natural colors and daylight. As for the lux range, it ranges between 300-700 lx and depends on the source and part of the space in the salon that is illuminated.