Published at Wednesday, March 13th 2019. by Maija Halla in Kitchen Lighting.
The typical modern kitchen lighting layout works perfectly well in terms of lighting design, but it has a couple of major drawbacks, mainly because in order to get the kind of crisp light needed in a kitchen the default option has become halogen lamps. These are hugely inefficient and operate at extremely high temperatures. Well over 90% of the electricity you pay good money for to light your kitchen is wasted as heat which itself presents a fire risk to any material located in close proximity.
Selecting just the right kitchen lighting can be a simple process. You first need to identify the main areas of the kitchen that need sufficient lighting. With specific tasks over the range or cook top, you can use an energy efficient fluorescent tube along with a standard range fan, or a recessed down light in the general area of the stove. One or two track lights over the sink area can provide the correct amount of illumination that would be needed for washing dishes and scouring pots and pans.
Kitchen lighting fixtures nowadays often include spectacular above cupboard lighting with some great options to choose from. For our kitchen, long arm halogen lights spaced at regular intervals, were perfect, and have proved to be an essential addition, particularly when removing items towards the back of the cupboards! Under the cupboards, above each of the work spaces, we chose a number of evenly spaced halogen lights with triangle-shaped glass covers that perfectly fan out the light across the counter top area.
If you use your kitchen for a variety of functions and would like to achieve different lighting effects, you would have to use a variety of lighting fixtures and elements. There is simply no way for you to achieve all that you want with just one set of fixtures. What you should do is to combine one idea with others and use different kinds of fixtures. You can also additionally have different switches for each set of lights and dimmers to help you achieve the perfect kitchen lighting effect.
The cove style of lighting is also one of the most important kitchen lighting ideas you can implement. This is utilized for the even distribution of light in correct proportions all throughout your entire kitchen. It can also be used to highlight the overall shape, design and layout of your kitchen area. Recessed lighting can also be applied if you want to enhance the architectural design of your kitchen.
Do you use your kitchen for a variety of uses? You'll want to use many different lighting fixtures to get different lighting effects. If you have ambitious kitchen lighting goals, you will need many various fixtures. Combine various lighting ideas and use numerous kinds of fixtures. Also using various switches and dimmers will help make the perfect kitchen lighting effect.
Kitchen lighting should be efficient as well as effective, of course. So when you're devising plans for lighting your kitchen, give equal consideration to functionality as well as conservation.
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