Lighting is important for any kitchen, particularly since the kitchen has a number of functions – it is primarily the place where you cook and prepare meals, but it also functions as a social and entertainment area where you can hang out with friends and family. Another function of the kitchen is a work area, where your children can do their homework whilst you’re cooking, or where you can make your list of household errands or chores. Your kitchen needs to have adequate lighting for all these tasks and functions. Here is how to create and design the best lighting for your kitchen.
Do away with grid lighting
Grid lighting (from downlights) has been quite popular in recent years, but it doesn’t do much for your kitchen when it comes to efficiency. What you can do instead is focus on task lighting for important work zones and use pendant lights or downlights for these. One fantastic tip from the experts is to install a row of pendant lights above a kitchen island or breakfast bar; this not only gives you ample task lighting, but it also creates a visual separation between your kitchen and dining area.
Additional lighting for your worktop
Specialists in kitchen design in Sussex (HKS) confirm that your worktop can benefit from additional lighting in the form of under-cupboard lights, which allow you to cook or do some prep work without your shadow getting in the way of your tasks. For this, choose advanced LED lighting, which is more efficient, consumes less energy, and releases less heat. You can opt for either a continuous strip of LED lighting to be installed under your wall-mounted cabinets, or you can opt for individual lights placed in a row.
Create an interesting, unique space
You can also use lighting to create an interesting and unique space and make your kitchen look more appealing. One suggestion would be to incorporate lights underneath a kitchen island, so the kitchen island will look like it’s floating. If you have a kitchen with a high-ceiling, you can add uplights to your cabinet’s tops. This will enhance the general lighting in your kitchen, allowing you to install fewer downlights as well.
Layered lighting is essential. Aside from focusing on task and general lighting, you should also think about mood and accent lighting. Make use of various sources to create a 3D feel for your kitchen, helping you create a special mood or ambiance for the space. To have a better lighting effect, make it a point to have every lighting source individually controlled so that you can easily adjust the scheme from bright light to dim light according to the occasion.
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