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Kitchen Lighting – Things to Consider

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jun 17, 2015 01:01 AM
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by ESLTeam last modified Jun 16, 2015

With the growing popularity of open-plan living, kitchen lighting has become more stylish, but style shouldn’t be your only concern when coming up with your kitchen lighting plan. Here are some things to consider when coming up with your kitchen lighting plan: One of the most common mistakes is to install a grid of recessed lights or a single overhead fixture and call it a day. When you do this you can create areas that have too much light while others are lost in the shadows. What to do? Here’s what. Instead of relying on a single source of light, try layering lighting in the kitchen. There are actually three different types of light that combine to make a perfectly lit kitchen: Task Lighting: Task lighting provides illumination when you are chopping veggies (watch those fingers!) or reading a recipe. One of the most effective means of task lighting is under-cabinet lighting . Recessed lighting directly overhead will cast shadows – under-cabinet lighting is installed in between your head height and workspace, therefore no shadows Ambient Lighting This is where recessed lighting comes in. Recessed lighting will create a warm glow throughout the room.   Recessed lighting doesn't have to be in a grid, as you can see in the kitchen above; the lights are placed where they fulfill a function in the kitchen. Decorative Lighting Add decorative lighting to bring style and personality to your kitchen. Hanging light fixtures over an island not only looks great but also provides task lighting for what is often the hub of kitchen activity. Modern wall sconces are another way to bring some style to your kitchen. Just like in any other room in the house, dimmers are essential for kitchen lighting fixtures . You’ll want a lot of light during meal prep and clean up, but not as much while you are eating or lingering over a glass of wine. Use separate dimmers for ambient and decorative lighting. Consider all the above when designing your kitchen… don’t wait until the last minute to make your kitchen lighting plan, people always gravitate towards the kitchen so make it fabulous! Image Sources: 1st image: Hariri & Hariri in Architectural Digest 2nd image: Lucien Rees Roberts in Architectural Digest 3rd image: Sara Story in Architectural Digest 4th image: Jan Showers in Architectural Digest 5th image: Domino Magazine






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