PROPERTY INSIDE – Your kitchen lighting should be more than just a few florescent bulbs and a single switch. It takes task, ambient and other blended sources of light to create the ultimate functional and fashionable kitchen design.
Without the proper light sources in the kitchen, it can be difficult to showcase your decor, highlight design accents, or even worse be tough to complete the daily chores of cooking.
Bright and white kitchens denote cleanliness and offer a clean space to cook and eat from. Whether you’re planning on remodeling your kitchen or building one from scratch, lighting is the ultimate step next to cabinetry selection and appliance design.
But no matter what lights you install, always hire a professional electrician to do the work. Use this guide to kitchen lighting so you and your new electrician are on the same page when it comes to lighting your kitchen.
Task lighting is the main source of light for any kitchen. It needs to be addressed first and foremost in your lighting design. Task lighting sources like track lighting and single can recessed lights are perfect for highlighting specific work areas of the kitchen.
Appliances like dishwashers, refrigerators and sink areas do well with these types of task lighting sources. Task lighting sources should be bright and direct over these areas. Many task lighting sources are moving from the traditional bulbs and replacing them with LED’s.
Light emitting diodes or LED’s are a cheap and efficient light source. When combined together in a honeycomb pattern, they create a very bright and powerful direct source of task lighting that uses very small amounts of electricity and generates little heat. This allows them to be small and compact enough to fit just about anywhere.
Many task lighting sources are moving from the traditional bulbs and replacing them with LED’s. Light emitting diodes or LED’s are a cheap and efficient light source.
When combined together in a honeycomb pattern, they create a very bright and powerful direct source of task lighting that uses very small amounts of electricity and generates little heat. This allows them to be small and compact enough to fit just about anywhere.
Under cabinet areas are often the workspaces of the kitchen. From chopping vegetables to setting the groceries, the under cabinet countertop is a high traffic area. LED’s play a significant role in creating a light source under cabinets that doesn’t get hot yet is bright enough to read a cookbook with ease.
Kitchen islands are a common place in today’s modern kitchens. Many kitchen islands contain workspaces of their own with under cabinet storage, in sink garbage disposals or in-counter grills.
That’s why lighting them with a good source of task lighting is important to getting the most from your kitchen island.
Pendant lights and monorail lighting sources are the perfect addition for overhanging kitchen island lighting. They not only help light your kitchen island, but they look good and add an aesthetic focal point to your kitchen.
Bar and dining areas are becoming more and more prevalent in modern kitchen design. We tend to eat more in the kitchen nowadays and these areas are often built into the side of a kitchen space with an overhanging edge with bar stools for seating. But these areas need to be lit up well to be functional.
Be functional and fashionable by installing pendant lighting to create a light source for each seating area and suits your kitchens design elements perfectly. Lighting sources in a kitchen aren’t all about hiding them away from plain view.
Many kitchen lighting sources are aesthetic and used to accent designs and decor as well as light them up for display. Mini chandeliers and mini pendant lighting work well for remedying overhead lighting sources that need that extra touch of class.