Tips On How To Best Design Your Kitchen Lighting
It is really essential to get the lighting of the kitchen right as it is one more the most important rooms in a home. The design director of Ajax Scott, Jon Cohen, gives out tips on the right way to light your kitchen so as to easily prepare food and set the mood for the room. These tips ranges from how a glass cabinet should be lighted to how to best rework your downlight technique. Here are some of the tips that can help you boost the atmosphere of the room while also toning down its shortcomings.
Don't Use Grids
There should be no more grids of down lights. Light should only be used where it is necessary. For work surfaces, try to use good task lights, this may come from pendants or downlights
Having a row of nice pendants over a kitchen island will not only add visual interest and impact but will also aid in providing a sort of visual divide between your kitchen and dining areas.
Don't Block The Kitchen Worktop
Usually for kitchen task lighting, it is best to opt for under-cupboard as it is hidden very well and prevents your worktop from being obscured by your shadow. The heat output of the newest and upgraded LED products have been reduced, and this helps reduce cost while also preventing food and cupboards from getting too warm.
If you use individual fittings that consume only 2 Watts or a Contour LED strip, you'll be able to create attractive and practical lighting.
If lights are fixed below a kitchen island unit, it can make it look as if it's floating. Before you decide on where you want your light sources to be, you need to first think creatively. Like I said, lighting incorporated below a kitchen island will give it an appearance of floating.
If the ceiling of your kitchen is high, try to add to add uplights above the cabinets. The space will receive a general light so the downlights you'll need will be fewer.
Don't Use Only One Light
The lights should be in layers. I've already mentioned task and general lighting, but try to add some ambient and accent lighting. You can create a sort of 'three dimensional' feel when you use a few different light sources. This will help in creating whatever mood you want. To maximize this, each light source has to be controlled individually. This way, anything can be created with the scheme, from a cozy atmosphere for dinner to the feeling of daylight.
Choose Warm Lights
There has been a lot of development in LEDs technology and the newest downlights are no longer 50W but only 8 or 10W.Now, you can use only 200 watts to light a big kitchen with under-cupboard lighting and 14 downlights. However, make sure you check the packaging to know the color temperature. A good one should be about 2,700 Kelvin and have a Colour Rendition Index (CRI) of 90 so as to ensure you get an attractive light that's warm.