June 26, 2019
The lighting of casino game tables is a highly specialized design consideration. Good visibility is the overt purpose. The desirable result is closer to theatrical lighting, just as “play” can mean gaming, or theater. That’s not the specific intention, of course, but it’s an effect that can’t be denied. Ambiance is not easily quantifiable. You can measure lumens of light against a standard. What makes players feel relaxed, want to stay, and keep playing, enthusiastically, is the test of effective lighting. Too much brightness makes a casino look like closing time in a liquor control State. Too dim, and it looks like a sucker trap: Beware! The light effect that draws my attention is sparkle. I first noticed the effect of product enhancement by lighting in a jewelry store. The lights were of the Halogen type, tiny, unobtrusive, and pinpoint accurate. It was a subtle show, but guaranteed delight for the eye.