Kitchen lighting can define a practical work space
The kitchen can often be the busiest room in a household and with so many people using it for many different tasks it is essential to have a kitchen that is a practical workspace. There are a number of factors that contribute to determining just how functional a rooms is, among them is lighting. A lighting design that takes into account functional lighting can have a huge impact on just how enjoyable a space is to occupy. Ideally a kitchen should have two or three different options when it comes to lighting, as it is a multi functional room and different lighting suits different tasks.
Finding the right lighting design for your kitchen can be a simple process. Designers will often try to identify the areas in the kitchen that require sufficient lighting. Specific lighting can be assigned to different areas, for example track lights over a sink area can provide just the right amount of illumination needed for washing dishes. Lighting designs that take into account ambiences and intended uses for spaces will usually result in more effective and functional kitchens.
Using track lighting or recessed lighting and under cabinet lighting will provide the best results for lighting up counter tops and thus creating a workspace that is shadow free. Mounting the lights as close to the back of the cabinets will also help to prevent glare off the work surfaces. Energy efficient fixtures that cover two thirds of the length of the counter can also prove to be quite effective.
The breakfast area can benefit from a good overhead light that allows for easy reading. There are a variety of styles available for kitchen lighting, from the modern halogen to the extravagant chandelier. Dimmer switches can be useful for creating a variety of different ambiences that are suited to a number of different activities. The best range of lighting can be achieved by using multiple layers of lighting, such as accent lighting, ambient lighting and decorative lighting. Here are just a few types of lighting that you could us in your kitchen:
- Ambient Lighting - This covers general light that would be used for casual activities. It is normally achieved through reflected lights.
- Task Lighting - An example of this is under-cabinet lighting. This type of light is often achieved with small light sources and is usually aimed at specific tasks.
- Decorative Lighting - This type of lighting is designed to add sophistication and colour to kitchens.
- Down Lighting - This is energy efficient lighting that consists of small aperture cans in the ceiling. This often provides a shadow free kitchen.