Published at Tuesday, March 12th 2019. by Nathan Lahtinen 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.
For the breakfast area a good overhead light is useful since this area is also frequently used for reading. For more kitchen lighting ideas you can consider such lighting systems as chandeliers to high-tech flexible track lighting with decorative pendants. With a dimmer switch these ceiling-hung fixtures will produce adequate task lighting for family activities. You can also lower the light for entertaining.
The hallmark of almost all good kitchen lighting designs is the use of numerous light sources rather than relying on say just a couple of bright fluorescent strip lights. The reason is simple; kitchens are fundamentally work areas and require task lighting which typically needs to be placed between you and the items you are working with. If the main lighting in the room is located in the middle of the ceiling then you invariably find yourself working in your own shadow.
We were so pleased to have been offered such excellent help from our professional kitchen planning expert, who not only helped us design the most amazing kitchen around our available space, they also gave excellent advice on the most superb kitchen lighting fixtures that were eventually added. We are sure that they helped us to save money creating a space in our home that is both useful and beautiful.
Kitchen track lighting, when used properly, can further your savings as well. Rather than running several larger kitchen lighting fixtures, track lights allow you to illuminate several areas with one single unit. This is both economical and environmentally friendly. Also, track lighting fixtures run on fluorescent bulbs. These bulbs require a mere percentage of the energy used to light a standard incandescent bulb.
These different types are very popular especially among the home improvement designers and other enthusiasts because of their specific functionalities as well as the different degree of attractiveness they provide for a specific kitchen lighting idea or style.
You might just want to hang around the area for a late night snack while talking to someone. In this case, you do not want the obtrusive glare of a high powered direct fluorescent or incandescent light. You would want kitchen lighting that is soft and calming and therefore perfect for the night.
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