Getting the lighting right in your kitchen is key to the room's functionality. With all the different activities that take place in the kitchen, from food preparation to intimate family meals, the lighting in your kitchen must be varied and flexible. Getting the right types of lights in your kitchen is important. These tips will help ensure that your kitchen's lighting meets your needs.
Install Task Lighting Over Work Areas
Task lighting is bright, directional light focused on work stations around the kitchen. Task lighting helps someone who is working in the kitchen to see what they're doing. Before installing task lighting in the kitchen, remember to take an assessment of all the possible work areas. This will ensure that the task lighting in your kitchen is adequate.
Often task lighting is found in the form of florescent lights underneath cabinets directly over counter space areas. In some areas of the kitchen, work stations might be found in places not beneath cabinetry, making this configuration impossible. For these situations, adjustable recessed lighting fixtures can be used to provide lighting over an island or table.
Provide Adequate Ambient Lighting
A combination of recessed light fixtures and windows are often used in kitchens to provide the overall lighting in the room, known as ambient lighting. Ambient lighting must be evenly distributed so people who enter the room can move about the space safely and comfortably.
The number and placement of recessed lighting fixtures that will be best for your kitchen depends on a variety of factors including your ceiling height and placement of obstructions in the room, such as the cabinetry. Work with your lighting contractor to ensure that your kitchen's ambient lighting is adequate for the space.
Add Decorative Lighting
Your kitchen is more than just a work area and a room for storing food: it's also a place where you may enjoy tasty meals with friends and loved ones. For times like this, decorative lighting is important. Warm lights in recessed nooks and above the cabinets can be helpful for this. Use opaque glass to hide the light fixture and diffuse the lighting throughout the room. Finally, consider using a chandelier with a dimming feature in your kitchen to provide a visual centerpiece.
For more information about your kitchen's lighting, talk to your lighting contractor. Working with your contractor will ensure that your kitchen's lighting is adequate for your needs.
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