Kitchen Lighting Tips

Choosing the best lighting for your kitchen

For today’s busy households, the kitchen is the heart of the home and no longer just a room where meals are prepared, modern kitchens are multi-functional hubs of activity. They can serve as a place for your children to play in, a home office, an area for you and your family to share stories of your day, and a space to sit together and enjoy meals. As a result, it’s important that the lighting of the space not only meets the needs of the different tasks that are carried out there, but also creates a warm, welcoming environment that makes spending time in there an enjoyable experience. To help you choose lighting for your kitchen which will meet these different needs, we’ve put together some suggestions of themes and products to consider…

Ambient lighting

Ambient lighting provides an area with overall illumination, and radiates a comfortable level of brightness that allows safe navigation of a room. This type of lighting can be achieved in two different ways – by directly lighting to the lower part of the room (direct), or by reflecting light off the ceiling and upper half of the room (indirect). Ambient lights that create direct light are often mounted on the ceiling and hang down, pushing light downwards throughout the space.

Image shows the Cranton Oval pendant.

Another type of ambient lighting is recessed LED lights, which generate effective illumination on your kitchen’s floors and walls. Ambient lighting needs to be evenly-spaced, to ensure the wider space is well-lit and that the insides of cabinets and drawers are properly illuminated. You can either control them with a simple on-off switch, or set them to a dimmer so that the mood of the room can be more easily controlled. 

Task lighting  

As the kitchen is an area where so many different activities take place, it’s important to ensure that the lighting is functional and well-diffused in order to make tasks easier and safer to complete. Task lighting provides a focused illumination which is useful for areas that will be used for food preparation and cooking, or for activities such as washing up. Under cabinet lights are a good choice as there are a range of sizes available, including recessed and semi-recessed options. If these lights are likely to be in contact with liquid, it’s also a good idea to opt for products that have a higher IP rating. Unlike bathrooms, there are no requirements for IP rated lights in kitchens, but they are easier to clean and offer increased protection from dirt and dust.

Image above shows Original BTC's Titan Size 3 Pendant in Aluminium

Islands and breakfast bars also require a combination of task and general lighting. A group of pendants can bring interest to these areas while remaining functional, and as a general rule, an odd number of hanging pendants works best.

Accent lighting

Accent lighting gives depth and dimension to a kitchen and can bring attention to unique features. This is especially important if you have a dining table in your kitchen and you regularly host dinner parties. Separate lighting for the two areas means you can brighten the kitchen area during cooking, and darken it once you’ve finished to create a more intimate mood at the dining table for after-dinner conversation. In addition to this, you could use recessed lighting fixtures to spotlight art in your kitchen, or place lighting inside glass-fronted cabinets to illuminate your favourite china or glassware.

Image above shows Ship's Companion Way Ceiling Light.

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