What You Need to Know About Kitchen Lighting
Lighting in your kitchen is very important. The chances are that your kitchen has different ‘zones’ with an area for cooking and prepping, an area to eat and perhaps an area to eat. With all of these different scenarios, is a requirement for different types of lighting. Here is everything that you need to know about kitchen lighting.
The areas where you cook food need task lighting. This is usually focused, and can be provided in a variety of ways. One of the most effective ways to get task lighting in the kitchen without causing shadows is to use undercabinet lighting. You can put these lights under your top cupboard, or in your bottom cupboards to help you find your cooking equipment more easily.
With a space like a kitchen, you can afford to get a bit creative with the lighting. If you have an island, place plinth lighting underneath it to give the effect that it is ‘floating’. If your kitchen has a high ceiling, go for uplights on the top of your cabinets. Don’t be afraid to layer the lights – you need more than one source anyway. As well as task lighting and your general lighting, you should add some ambient lighting – a pendant light over the dining table for example. If you can, try and ensure that all the different light sources can be controlled independently, and the main lights are dimmable. This will easily help you switch from eating as a family to entertaining friends.
Until recently, LED lighting had a bit of a bad reputation as always being very cold and harsh. However, thanks to the latest technological updates, it’s now easy to find LED lighting with warm bulbs. Always check before you buy a bulb to see the colour temperature – you want the Colour Rendition Index to be over 90 to emit a nice warm light.
Reflect the Light
If you have a small kitchen, you can use lighting to exaggerate the space and make it look much bigger. If you have spotlights, angle them towards your cabinets and walls – this will force the light to be reflected back into the room, making it much more effective.
Be Careful with Track Lighting
Track spotlights look great, and they are very effective at making sure the kitchen is well-lit, but you have to be careful where you place them. Most people just plonk them in the middle of the kitchen, which is all well and good, but if you have people sitting at a central island, you may find that the glare of the light hits their eye.
Invest in LEDs
LED lighting is a great choice for the kitchen, as it is so versatile. You can use it for ceiling lights, wall lights, in lamps, under cabinets and in strips. Besides looking great, LED lights have several other benefits – they last much longer and practically all of their energy is converted to light rather than heat, so your energy bills will be reduced and you won’t be sweating as you cook under the light. LED bulbs are switched on almost instantly, which means no waiting around or annoying flickering lights when you’re trying to cook a meal. This type of lighting also casts fewer shadows, which is ideal when you’re prepping your food.