A poor choice of lighting system can break the overall appeal of your wine cellar. It can also harm your prized wine collection due to heat damage and temperature fluctuations. Learn more about the importance of proper wine cellar lighting and what Coastal Custom Wine Cellars recommends to keep your collection safe for many years to come.
The Importance of Proper Wine Cellar Lighting
One of the most important aspects in wine cellar construction is the lighting system. It can make or break the appearance of the completed wine storage facility. Choosing the wrong type of wine cellar lighting may also damage your wine collection.
You and your favorite vintages will reap benefits from choosing the right choice of lighting system for your wine room. Here at Coastal Custom Wine Cellars, we help our clients determine the proper lighting system to be used for every project.
Sets the Mood that You Want
The mood of your wine cellar is greatly affected by the type of lights that you use. It is important to discuss your requirements with your wine cellar builder.
In residential wine cellars, an impressive wine cellar lighting system will wow guests. It can also enhance the resale value of your home.
A stunning lighting of commercial wine displays (e.g. hotels, restaurants, or bars) has a big impact on enticing customers to check out the wines that you sell and may result in a purchase.
It can also enhance the dining experience of your guests. When they enjoy eating at your establishment, they will tell their friends and families about it. Your commercial wine cellar will become the word of mouth and result in a higher sales revenue.
Keeps Your Wines from Heat Damage
Wine is sensitive to heat. In addition to an installing an efficient wine cooling system, the right amount of lighting will also keep your wines safe from heat damage. This is the reason why wine should not be stored near the windows or other areas where it can be exposed to direct sunlight.
Wines are traditionally stored in colored glass to create a dark environment thereby protecting wine from the harmful effects of UV light. Exposure to ultraviolet rays alters the chemical properties of the wine, resulting in an undesirable or “light-struck” flavor.
High temperatures can cause the cork to shrink and become brittle. When this happens, an unwanted amount of oxygen will get into the bottle and lead to wine oxidation.
An oxidized wine smells like wet cardboard or burnt fruit. You do not want to end up throwing away your favorite vintage due to spoilage.
A dimmer switch must be installed by your builder in order for you to control the brightness of your wine cellar lighting system.
Poor Choice of Wine Cellar Lighting Resulted in Regrets and Disappointments
A homeowner in California recently finished his wine cellar project. Everything was beautifully designed. The door had intricate details making the room very enticing to guests.
The wine racks were built attractively and the hardwood flooring design was unique. The only problem with the beautiful wine cellar was the lighting system.
The owner requested for incandescent fluorescent bulbs because of the affordability of this type of lighting fixture. Both the homeowner and the contractor had no knowledge about the negative effects of regular bulbs on the quality of the wine.
A few days later, the owner grabbed a bottle of wine and had found out that it had an off flavor and the aromas of a wet dog or cooked cabbage. The liquid also had a brownish color. It was undrinkable, so it went to waste.
What to Consider When Choosing a Wine Cellar Lighting System to Prevent a Waste of Investment and Save Money
With different types of wine cellar lighting systems used in wine cellars, it is best to consult an expert to prevent a waste of time and money due to damages caused by unsafe lights.
The owner must choose a builder who is knowledgeable about the correct construction of wine cellars. At Coastal Custom Wine Cellars, we care for our client’s wines and pocket. We always want every component of your wine cellar to be safe, efficient, functional, and beautiful.
We recommend the LED (light-emitting diode) lighting system because of its many benefits. It illuminates wine cellars safely without compromising its dramatic appeal.
LED lights emit less amount of heat of compared to incandescent bulbs, making it a favorite choice in wine cellar construction. They are low in voltage and do not produce harmful UV rays that can harm your wine’s quality.
In addition to keeping your collection safe, using LED lights will also save you money in the long run. Although they are more costly than regular bulbs, they have a longer lifespan and consume less energy.
Stunning Lighting Options for Residential and Commercial Wine Cellars
There are many styles of lighting to choose from. Coastal Custom Wine Cellars will choose a lighting system that best suits your aesthetic taste and meet your financial requirements.
Recessed Can Lights
The recessed can lights are a popular lighting option for wine rooms. They can be used as the main light of your wine cellar or to highlight specific areas where it is needed the most. They come in various shapes, styles, and sizes, making it easier to create the mood that you desire for your storage space.
If you want to highlight the bottles stored in the vertical or display rows in your wine racks, track lighting is the ideal option. Also called “spotlight”, track lighting offers flexibility in configuration, style, and installation options.
The track heads can be moved to any direction you want. Track lights are commonly mounted on the ceiling, the walls or cables as well.
Indirect Wine Cellar Lighting
You may opt for indirect lighting, such as wall sconces, which are affixed on the wall. Before electricity was discovered, wall sconces were once used to hold or secure candles to the walls of homes.
Wall sconces free up floor space and cast a great spread of light. Sconce types include candle sconces, electric bulb sconces and electric candle sconces.
The shape of the bulb affects how the light spreads. If you want an upward light, use a half-moon shaped bulb. Other options include full-cover opaque lens which imparts a moon-glow effect.
Are you seeking a vintage look and a royal touch to your wine storage room? Chandeliers are a great choice for you! The earliest chandeliers were used in medieval assembly places.
Nowadays, chandeliers are used as a decorative focal point for a room. They are ceiling-mounted fixtures, often large with two or more light-bearing arms. Ornate chandeliers contain dozens of lamps and complex arrays of glass or crystal prisms, illuminating a room with refracted light. Keep in mind that the size of your chandelier must complement the size of your wine cellar.
Some styles include contemporary, designer, crystal and customized chandeliers. If you are on a tight budget and still want to have a symbol of wealth in your cellar, Coastal’s lighting consultants can give you the best suggestion to guarantee that the chandelier matches your home décor.
Work with a Knowledgeable Builder
At Coastal, we design and build functional and beautiful wine cellars that will give our customers a place where they can fully enjoy moments with their wines. One key to fulfilling this goal is by having the proper wine cellar lighting in it.
Check out our wine cellar gallery or possibly some of our full project write-ups such as the custom wine cellars New York or the Los Angeles Contemporary Mini Wine Cellar or the Orange County Custom Wine Cellar Geek for examples and inspiration.
Our lighting experts will ensure that you have full control over the light which affects the climate conditions in your wine room all the while achieving a stunning lighting effect in displaying your wines. Enjoy lighting up your cellar!