Published on December 9th, 2013 | by Mark Griffin
Lighting for your kitchen
Kitchens are the heart of any home where we spend a lot of time not just preparing food but also dining and entertaining our family and friends. Lighting requirements depend on the size of the kitchen space and the location of cabinets.
Many kitchens require numerous forms of lighting, the main three known as ambient lighting, task lighting and accent lighting. Layering all three will help create a striking environment within your kitchen.
Ambient Lighting –
This is your general light for your kitchen which is commonly achieved by the use of ceiling downlights. Ambient lighting can set the mood of your kitchen, now comes the decision of installing cool white or warm white lights. With cool white creating a modern clean feel within a room and warm white to help encourage relaxation. Having a good ambient light helps you too illuminate the room while still working safely.
Task Lighting –
Probably the most crucial and eye-catching lighting within the kitchen. Task lighting is specifically designed to illuminate areas where your general lighting will not reach such as under cupboards. The preparation areas need the most focused light source to avoid any unnecessary accidents. Having under cupboard lighting will give your kitchen a whole new look and feel, with everyday tasks becoming safer and out of the shadow. Task lighting usually comes in the form of LED strips or either surface mounted or recessed downlights with the choice of LED or halogen.
Accent lighting adds a dramatic flair to any kitchen. Depending on the light fixture, they can also be an effective way to light up space. It is commonly used to highlight areas such as architectural features including arches. Also acting as a focal point and can create dramatic effects within glass cabinets. A good way to achieve this is with a high powered downlight or LED tape.