When applying kitchen lighting design, we can forget grids of down lights. As well as adding impact and visual interest, a row of pendants over an island will help provide a visual divide between the dining and kitchen areas. Then, under-cupboard lighting is usually best for task lighting because it is well hidden and stops our shadow obscuring the worktop.
Next, in considering kitchen lighting design, we should think creatively about where we put our light sources. In kitchens with high ceilings, we can try adding up lights to the tops of cabinets. It adds general light to the space so we will need fewer down lights. We can also layer the light. Using a number of different sources lends a more ‘three-dimensional’ feel and so helps us create the mood we want. Each source should be controlled individually so that the scheme can create anything from the feeling of bright daylight to an intimate atmosphere over dinner.
If our kitchen or dining area is small, we can increase the sense of space by using directional spotlights angled towards the cupboards and walls. The light is reflected back into the room and is much more effective than shining the light straight down at the floor. In our kitchen lighting design, we can also try to ensure that lights fitted near hobs fit flush to the wall or ceiling. It makes them easy to wipe clean. If using track lights, the key is to position the track so that spotlights never shine in our eye. Too often the track is located in the centre of a kitchen, meaning a central island may be lit effectively but people sitting to one side are in danger of being either in shadow or full glare. Spots should be placed where we need the light. Selecting directional versions gives added flexibility.
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