The expert guide to lighting your catering trailer

How To

There are many things to consider when you are having a conversion or trailer made for your business. One of the things that can make a big difference to the overall look and your general happiness with your trailer is the lighting. We look at four things you should consider to make the most of your design.

Lighting is an important aspect of design that customers often overlook when thinking about what their business might look like. The right lighting really adds to and brings together the look and feel of your trailer. 

As experts in our field, we are always happy to offer our customers advice as to the best way to light up their conversion to make something they are really proud of. With that in mind, we've come up with four things you should think about to get the most out of your lighting which we would be very happy to discuss and refine with you when the time is right!

1. Your design determines your lighting

When you are looking at your lights, you should have a plan of how your space is going to work. The lights are the finishing touches both in style and functionality. You need to know how you will be using the space and where everything will be. Knowing this helps you plan where your lights are so you have them right where you need them. When looking at your plans think about what areas you use the most and what level of light you need for each area.

2. Colour 

The colour of your interior will determine what level of light you will need. Light and reflective colours allow light to bounce around, whereas darker interiors require more light. Dark and reflective interiors can look stunning with both coloured and plain lighting. The rule is the darker the space the brighter your lights need to be.

3. Style

What kind of feel/vibe do you want your business to have? 

The modern classic interior featured above uses angled spotlights which practically and effectively lights up the space and everything in it. The lights come in a variety of styles, brightness and sizes and this simple effective lighting is a go-to for practical style 

If you want a hipster, young, quirky vibe, then the lighting should be more of a dim light. You can add in spotlights/under counter lights to specific areas.

If you are looking for a modern vibe, then strip lights that can sit under the counter that change colour adds interest. This can be used with spots that are angled to your workspaces. 

Both these options look particularly cool at night and add interest to distinguish you from those around you.

4. Exterior Lighting

To a certain extent, you can rely on having your lights shining out from inside the trailer to draw people in, especially when adding in coloured lights. But adding extra light to the outside of your truck will enable you to draw attention to your business as the night draws in and enables customers to see what they are doing and find their money more easily.

A simple way to light up the outside is by using fixed LED lights. You can add these above the menu or to highlight certain areas. 

If your menu is inside or you are looking to add extra interest, rope, string, and LED strip lights although dimmer can be used to show where you are. There are options you could add yourself as a temporary solution, solutions or we can fit some long-term options at the design stage that really compliment your overall look and save you time taking them on and off.

Another option you can also add is light up signage. As these are not used often by mobile caterers, they can be the extra that sets you apart.

To get more inspiration please pop across to our gallery and if you are ready to talk about your trailer design get in touch with us. 

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