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The Importance of Barbershop Lighting

Chloe McGee

Posted on April 27 2018

The Importance of Barbershop Lighting

One of the most important factors that is constantly overlooked when setting up a Barbershop or Salon is your lighting set. Even if you have everything perfect in your shop, if you don’t have the right lighting, everything else with regards to your overall design just doesn't feel the same. 

The right types of lights and the right types of bulbs will flatter your customers while making it easy for your stylists to see what they’re doing. It impacts on how your clients feel about your service and your shop so it’s critical that you get it right.

The awesomely talented folks at Vendimia Lighting Co. were kind enough to offer up some valuable advice when it comes to selecting your lighting for a barbershop or salon. 

Enrich the complexion and compliment the decor

Light bulbs come in a variety of colour temperatures ranging from cool to very warm. The temperature of the bulbs used in your shop is very important. The warm temperature given off by Vintage Filament Bulbs is preferable for enriching client complexions by making blemishes and other signs of aging blend in with the rest of the skin, and ideally compliments most barber shop decors. 

Lighting should be positioned to eliminate shadows

How a client looks in the barber’s chair is crucial. If they feel good about their appearance, it reinforces a positive experience for repeat custom, thus increasing revenue. The simplest way to eliminate shadows on the face is to position warm temperature lighting, like a Raw Steel Twin Wall Light, either side of the mirror so that it directly lights the complexion. Spot lighting or track lighting fixtures above will create shadows.

Overhead task lighting

Overhead light fixtures, such as placed in the right spots should provide the lighting required to perform tasks as well as general light for the barbershop. Use these types of Enamel Shades to guide the light to allow you to perform all of the required tasks for hair styling and shaving. The exact overhead lighting will vary from shop to shop and is dependent upon the ceiling height and how dark or light the space is. 

Invest in energy efficient bulbs for long term savings

Although higher in cost to initially purchase, items like the LED Vintage Filament Bulbs are well worth the initial investment and are ideal for barber shops. Use with a dimmer switch and enjoy a colour range from cool to warm. These bulbs use less energy, have long life, save on maintenance and replacement costs, and so provide long term savings.

Remember, the best lighting for any barber shop combines a variety of lighting to suit its particular purpose. Use warm bulbs on the walls that make clients look good, and then bring in good overhead lighting to illuminate the workspace. We advise on getting in contact with Vendimia Lighting Co. to see how they can help before embarking on purchasing any luminaires for your shop.

Jimmy Cutthroat, founder of The Gentlemans Retreat can't stress the importance of having the right lighting, both for getting the right quality of cut, and for creating stunning visuals you can easily use for your own social media pages:

"Lighting is the difference between a good and bad fade. It can create lines, wedges and in perfections. If you invest some money on the right lighting it can bring the rest of your shop to life, create the right mood and also boost your chances of taking quality photos which can be used on your social media channels." Jimmy commented. 

Use code: Barber10 when ordering through the Vendimia Lighting Co website and you will get 10% off your entire order. 

At Apothecary 87, we will always try and support our business customers with different areas of their business, and not just with products. We want to add more value and expertise to our service. We know the benefits strong brand values, great communication and striking visuals can have on a business, and we want to continue to share this knowledge with you. 

If you're looking to stock Apothecary 87 products in your barbershop, salon or retail outlet, then please just click here, and fill out some basic details. Our BDM and fine gentleman rocker Johnny Mennell, will get in touch with you.

Thank you for your time.

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