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Common light bulbs and LED upgrades for restaurants
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Whether your restaurant offers 4 for $4 promotions or provides guests with an extensive wine list, one item you always want to serve is proper lighting. Restaurant lighting of any capacity needs to be warm, inviting, and consistent with your brand. But how do you create the perfect recipe for success? 

Well, the first step of any great recipe is to make a list of any items you may need. So, we’ve created a guide to common light bulbs found in quick serve, fast casual, and fine dining restaurants, along with links to where you can buy the product or its appropriate LED upgrade. If you'd like to jump straight to a specific area, use one of these links:

  • Quick serve restaurant lighting
  • Fast casual restaurant lighting
  • Fine dining restaurant lighting
  • Restaurant kitchen lighting

Quick Serve

restaurant-quick-serveQuick serve restaurants typically have efficient, inexpensive general lighting. The fixtures are commonly overhead fluorescent lighting –– often 2’ x 4’ or 2’ x 2’ troffers –– that use either T8 or T12 tubes.

Linear Fluorescent Tube (T8)

Technical Jargon:

  • Shape: T8 (1" diameter)
  • Base: Bi-pin (G13)
  • Length: 1 foot to 4 foot
  • Wattage: 13W to 32W, based on length
Buy T8 fluorescent tubes Buy T8 LED tubes

We know that the pace of a quick serve restaurant needs to be just that — quick. If you’re spending more time than you’d like on finding replacement T12s, we’re here to help. The phase-out of T12s has made these bulbs increasingly rare. Check out this blog post to learn more about T12 replacement options. Download our Linear Lighting Playbook for tips and tricks on how to make the most of linear lighting for your restaurants.

Fast Casual

restaurant-pendant-lightingFast casual restaurants tend to incorporate a variety of fixtures. Pendant lighting hangs from the ceiling and is positioned over bars, tables, or other focal points of the restaurant. Pendants usually require a standard light bulb (A19 shape) with a standard screw-in base (E26, or “Edison” base).

A19-E26

Standard Light Bulb (A19)

Technical Jargon:

  • Shape: A19 (2 3/8" diameter)
  • Base: Medium (E26)
  • Wattage: 25W to 100W
  • Finish: Frosted or Clear
Buy A19 incandescent bulbs
Buy A19 LED bulbs

You may also have specialty light bulbs like a "silver bowl" or "silver crown" bulb, which look like this:

Silver-Bowl-A19-Light-Bulb
Buy silver bowl light bulbs

Wall sconces are also popular among fast casual restaurants. These fixtures provide accent lighting and are typically used to border artwork or mirrors. Wall sconces generally require a standard light bulb (A19), but it’s also common to see fixtures that use a torpedo shaped bulb (B10, B11).

A19-E26

Standard Light Bulb (A19)

Technical Jargon:

  • Shape: A19 (2 3/8" diameter)
  • Base: Medium (E26)
  • Wattage: 25W to 100W
  • Finish: Frosted or Clear
Buy A19 incandescent bulbs Buy A19 LED bulbs
B10-E12

Torpedo Light Bulb (B10 or B11)

Technical Jargon:

  • Shape: B10 (1 1/4" diameter) or B11 (1 3/8" diameter)
  • Base: Medium (E26) or Candelabra (E12)
  • Wattage: 25W to 60W
  • Finish: Frosted or Clear
Buy B10/B11 incandescent bulbs
Buy B10/B11 LED bulbs

If you have a torpedo bulb, be sure to double check the base — If it's smaller than a standard light bulb, it's most likely a candelabra (E12) base.

Fine Dining

restaurant-fine-diningFine dining restaurants cater to upscale clientele and provide a high quality, unique experience. Ambiance is the first step in achieving that certain je ne sais quoi. Most fine dining restaurants use an array of fixtures to create such ambiance.

Recessed lighting provides soft illumination throughout a room and may use a variety of bulbs (MR16, PAR20, R20, BR30). Here are a couple of common bulbs we see:

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