The Importance of Lighting
Lighting in a kitchen is very important in order for you to function well you need to be able to see! But what type of lighting should you use? Technology has brought with it great choice, however sometimes too many variations can cause problems, Halogen, Low energy lighting or Led which one should you choose and then once you have made that choice what colour of lighting is best. There is no sure fire answer and sometimes the type of light is determined by your desire for dimming facilities.
Then there is the decision as to where the lighting should be placed. So lets start with position. Generally in a kitchen there are five different lighting positions;
- Ceiling lighting; to provide general overall light pattern; lighting your whole room.
- Plinth lighting; usually LED spots or strips to provide a runway affect, an atmospheric light and very low level.
- Display lighting; found in glass fronted cabinets and in over mantle shelving to provide targeted light to illuminate a particular object or space.
- Under wall unit lighting; designed to illuminate your working areas in front of you.
- Over wall unit lighting; either facing down to illuminate the area or washing up to illuminate the ceiling.
But what lights do you use and what strength? Every kitchen and every client will be different however as a general rule LED is far more energy efficient than Halogen and provides an identical light for a fraction of the running costs. Low energy fluorescents are generally a soft light which do not come on in full power and slowly warm up. LED strip lights are numerous little individual lights which come on a strip and can be installed in areas where conventional lighting cannot be installed.
However what types of light should you have, the most popular ceiling lights are downlights clean, unobtrusive and easy to control, however lighting can change the feeling of a room so sometimes give thought to whether you want a softer ceiling light on a separate switch which lights say a island area or a sitting area.
In regards to the intensity of the lights LED comes in three grades, Warm white, Daylight and bright white. The decision on which bulb you want is really a consideration of the natural light in the room the type of room and how you want the room to feel. Bear in mind now you can buy LED lights that are dimmable.
In regards to the other forms of lights these are all purely functional lighting workspaces and objects, very often a lot of these will be narrow beamed and quite bright however I personally like my under wall unit lights to be soft, enough light to work in without the main lights on and yet not too bright that they spoil the atmosphere.
So consider low energy fluorescents or LED warm white for these lights they don’t give off such a glare and they are comfortable to work with.
Remember lighting is really important in any room and in a room where you work and live it is vital you get it right so get advice from professionals.