When a homeowner is busy remodeling the kitchen, often the lighting isn’t considered to be a priority. However, having beautiful and efficient lighting in the kitchen not only adds to the functionality and adequate illumination, but also enhances the outstanding looks that can often be accomplished by rather simple and affordable remedies.
1. Plan Your Lighting
No one overhead ceiling-mounted fixture or recessed lighting can light the entire kitchen properly, so investigate the different types of light and the number and placement of fixtures needed for your space for the maximum benefit. For example, task lighting is most effective when it is placed below the upper cabinets with fluorescent under-cabinet lighting. Or you can install a chandelier hanging from the ceiling so that it makes it easy to read a recipe and do prep work on the work surface of an island or table.
2. Highlight Your Kitchen
Accent lighting gives depth and dimension such as adjustable fixtures inside glass-front cabinets that will illuminate precious collections, hobbies, art, china, glassware, knickknacks, and other items that will make your kitchen unique, colorful, and be a conversation piece.
3. Go White
White reflects light and bounces it back into the room, making the space feel brighter and well-illuminated while allowing a lower wattage of bulbs and a conservation of energy. So consider white for the walls, ceiling, cabinets, and countertops to maximize the light. A kitchen having dark surfaces requires one-third more light than a kitchen with lighter surfaces.
4. Use Pendant Lamps
Pendant lights not only give a lot of direct task lighting, but they also allow for a variety of sizes, shapes, colors, styles, and decorative features to add to the looks of your kitchen.
5. Install Dimmers
Have dimmers on the various lights so that you can have bright light when you are cooking and doing chores, but then be able to dim the lights to linger over a meal or dessert or create warmth and ambience.
Article courtesy of Patriot LED