Kitchen lighting is more important than most people think. Like the style of your kitchen, kitchen lighting creates ambiance. Kitchen lighting is also essential for cooking and working areas which need to be bright.
Creating a Lighting Plan
There are several areas in the kitchen that need light. Before choosing lighting for your kitchen, it is a good idea to establish what these places are and what kind of lighting is needed. For example, what if the kitchen has a table where you can eat and work. In this case, it would be desirable to be able to adjust the light. This can be done with spots that can be switched independently. If desired, this can be supplemented with dimmers.
Kitchen Lighting can be divided into three types:
1) General Kitchen Lighting
General kitchen lighting, also called basic lighting, illuminates the room completely. It is often placed in the center of the room and consists of a single lamp that illuminates the surroundings and is not too bright.
In addition to lamps that illuminate all directions, luminaires with multiple directional spots can be placed. These spots can further illuminate specific elements within the kitchen. This will create more ambiance. You can also opt for general kitchen lighting that is dimmable. This allows you to create your own mood.
2) Mood Lighting
Mood lighting in the kitchen is very popular. This is indicative of the fact that the kitchen is increasingly becoming a living place. An atmospheric kitchen invites you to spend a pleasant meal or an evening. Kitchen lighting plays an important role here.
How to create such an atmospheric kitchen? Well, that depends on the kitchen. Each kitchen is unique, so there is no set recipe for creating an attractive kitchen. Lighting the inside of showcases, spotlighting specific kitchen parts, or installing dimmable (LED) lighting above or below kitchen cabinets are just a few ideas.
3) Working Light
Good lighting is very comforting when cooking, especially important when using sharp knives. And this also makes it pleasant to work with. The two places in the kitchen where you need working lighting are the worktop and the stove.
The type of lighting depends on the location. An increasingly popular method is to install LED strips under wall-mounted units. This is not only easy to install, but is also energy efficient. In addition, these lights are dimmable and come in various colors to create ambiance.
Other light sources include fluorescent tubes and spotlights. Both can be used beautifully if a few things are taken care of. For example, it is unpleasant when light reflects in the eyes (via the worktop or stove). To prevent this, you can choose diffused light. This light is less reflective. It is also essential that the light source is shielded. It is unlikely that vapor or moisture will adhere to the light source.
Other Key Points for Kitchen Lighting
In addition to a striking pendant lamp over the dining table, a few pendant lamps in the kitchen area can be surprisingly beautiful.
Lamps with adjustable all-around brightness are suitable for kitchen lighting.
Placing light switches together ensures that you always have the right lighting. It also prevents unnecessary back and forth in the kitchen.
Finally, installing lights in kitchen cabinets and drawers that turn on when opened is also very practical. This way, you will always be able to see and find what you need quickly.
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