Ready For Action: Kitchen Lighting TipsFriday 10th October 2014 10:10am
When you’re thinking about lighting for most rooms in your home, it’s appearance first and function second, but when it comes to your kitchen, it’s absolutely vital to make sure you light the work areas as well as you can in order to prevent accidents like cuts and burns. The first and most sensible place to start is with under-cabinet downlights. These will light the work surfaces without casting shadows or producing glare, making them ideal for food preparation, especially when you’re using sharp knives.
If you have a kitchen island, then think about a row of pendant lights over it. This will light your island well, and depending on your kitchen layout, it may also function as a stylish way to separate the cooking and dining areas of your kitchen.
There are some extra things to think about when you’re choosing kitchen lighting. When picking under-cabinet lighting, the best option is LED downlights. Not only do they save you money in the longer term, they produce much less heat than other downlights, which means the food in your cupboards won’t overheat. Track lighting looks great in the kitchen, and to get the most out of it, make sure the lights are pointed not just to illuminate the work areas well, but so that they are not shining too brightly in the eyes of people sitting down to eat or casting them in shadow.
If you’re using spotlights to light work surfaces, the best way to position them is to place them above the bench, but directed across it, to avoid glare. Any lights that you fit close to your cooker will be much more practical if they fit flush to the ceiling or wall, meaning that you can wipe them clean. No matter how healthy your cooking style, anything close by will get spattered from time to time.
A Warm Welcome
Kitchens come in all shapes and sizes, and if you have a small room, you will probably want to make it look bigger. My top tip for this is to use directional spotlights pointed towards the wall and cupboards, meaning that the light is reflected back into the room, creating a sense of space.
If you have glass cabinets and have filled them with glasses or dishes you don’t mind showing off, then internal lights look terrific. These function like wall lights, giving a soft and atmospheric glow to your room. If your kitchen has a dining area, then I think a statement pendant light over the table helps to make it a warm and welcoming space for you and your family and friends to enjoy dinner together. Try the Large Saigon Metal Painted Copper Patina Shade Pendant Light for something really special that will help make your kitchen the very heart of your home.