The kitchen is a multipurpose space and the lighting must be mainly functional but also decorative. Functional lighting helps the cook see what he is doing as he prepares food and helps keep his fingers off the knife edge! Kitchen lighting has come a long way and it should also create ambience in the kitchen, as today the kitchen is used by the whole family and often ends up being the area for conversation after a long day at work.
There are a few types of lighting to consider for a kitchen that are listed here in no particular order of preference. Center lighting of which the fluorescent fixture is the most popular due to the amount of light that is omitted and the ease of keeping the fixture clean, including lighters that can be positioned and tilted to create lots of light with the added benefit of creating a environment especially when used in conjunction with a dimmer switch. The advantage of a single light fixture is the ease of cleaning the fixture, but the disadvantage of a single center fixture is that it will cast a shadow on your work since the light source will be behind you in most applications. This can be fixed by placing the lighters above the work area or at an angle to the work area.
Track lighting is also a very popular option due to the lighting’s versatility, as it can be moved and directed into various positions to create different points of focus similar to lighters with rotating heads. Installation of track lighting is relatively easy and will not normally incur high installation costs. The rail consists of a flexible cable that is strong and durable and can be directed at many angles even though it cannot be bent. It can be installed in rooms or from room to room across ceilings and at various heights. It can also be installed vertically under pillars or walls or under stairs. Light fixtures are placed where you want them anywhere on the track where they are needed to illuminate a work surface as a spotlight or pendant above your breakfast area. If you have an open-plan kitchen, you may want to match the floor lamp in the adjoining area with your kitchen fixtures.
Under counter lighting is also a very popular ad over lighting option that has the added bonus that you can turn off the main center fixture to create ambiance by leaving the under counter lighting on. This is especially useful when the kitchen is an area where the family likes to entertain or just sit down and chat after a hard day’s work. There are mainly two types of under counter lighting options, one of which is fluorescent lighting which provides a wide, cool beam of light and is perfect for use as a light source in work areas. The second option is the downlighter that will provide you with a warm ambient light depending on the globe used. A warm white globe creates a warm yellowish light and the cool white option provides a pool of cool light. Do not use recessed lights under a cabinet where perishable items are stored, as recessed lights generate a lot of heat that can damage products.
Cabinet lighting inside or out is another option when designing your kitchen lighting needs. Track lighting is very useful when choosing to illuminate cabinets from the outside as it can be moved and directed as desired so that when you open the door you can see the contents. It is important to remember that the larger the cabinets and the higher the ceiling, the further away the lights should be. To create light inside a cabinet to display glasses, ornaments, sculptures, or dinnerware, place recessed lights inside and in front of the cabinet and not in the middle or back of the cabinet, as this will create shadows. Smaller downlighters are perfect for this type of application.
Lastly, when it comes to lighting your pantry or pantry, you want to make sure to use a light that is bright but not too strong due to the functionality of pantries and pantries. The suggestion is to consider using spotlights, as the lights can be directed exactly where they need to be. All of these options are available not only at retail outlets, but also through online stores, sometimes at much lower prices for the exact same product.