Kitchen Lighting Tips and Ideas

Kitchen illumination draws a lot of attention, and it’s for a reason. There are many functionality and style considerations when it comes to kitchen lighting. There needs to be sufficient lighting available, yet it shouldn’t interfere with the look and feel of the room.

One commonly neglected  feature is how much light the structure of the kitchen allows. Some kitchens consist of large boxes, cabinets and shelves which are often detrimental for the proper distribution of light. Many try to solve this by installing more lights in the room. This approach often fails due to the overall structure of the room, can be very expensive and will also increase your power consumption. When opting for a new kitchen, try to incorporate things like glass surfaces, open shelves, backsplash illumination and ceiling or pendant lights – particularly if the room doesn’t get much natural light.

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Light emitting diodes (LED) brought a revolution into lighting. If flats, supermarkets, trains and buses use LED illumination, your kitchen shouldn’t be an exception. These are safe, economical, very compact and convenient. Get some LED strip lights, choose a colour which suits your kitchen design the best, and you will get plenty of value from it.

There are “smart” LED strips one can manage using a smartphone, which includes full programming of brightness, hue and colour of light emitted. This is a great design feature. “Smart” LED bulbs hanging from the ceiling can be a part of a smart lighting system as well.

Rustic kitchens are often seen as dark and shady  and difficult to illuminate properly. But that’s not always the case. To have a properly lit rustic kitchen you first need to use bright materials wherever applicable:  on the worktop, backsplash, sink (a white farmhouse sink will be great).

Once you have incorporated these brighter coloured materials, you can proceed to address the lighting situation. Do not hesitate to use LED lighting strips for backsplash and under some open shelves.  Hanging light fixtures can remain dim while the room is well lit.  In fact, This is often done deliberately to help the room resemble a time when bulbs had fairly weak lighting power.

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Fixture distribution is equally important. Be brave enough to think out of the box about where to put light fixtures in your kitchen. In most kitchens, worktop illumination is far more important than ceiling lights. Ceiling fixtures, both built-in and hanging, actually need to be less emphasized in kitchen lighting.

Kitchen lighting usefulness will increase if you replace some fixed lights with track lighting. Track lights can help improve kitchen light utilization, and you will need less light fixtures throughout the room.