Kitchen / October 3, 2018 / Sarah Bartley.
When you think about kitchen lighting, look at it as a type of interior lighting exclusively for the practical use of a kitchen. While you are using your kitchen, various tasks are completed, and most are aided by precise lighting. This becomes more important with age, trust me. So we need to design our kitchen lighting as mostly job lighting, but also look for opportunities for it to be ambient lighting or decorative lighting. Good kitchen lighting, from a visual and practical standpoint, features both background and activity lighting.
From the viewpoint of an expert lighting designer, the kitchen is one of the more exciting and extremely versatile projects one can tackle. Filled with numerous nooks and crannies, cabinets and appliances, shelves and other specific areas such as islands, kitchens can present more lighting difficulties than any separate room in your home. We need to study the area and determine first, where we lack light, and second, where we do most of our work.
Start with the activity areas. These are best lit with vivid, shadowless light. You want to get the fixture close to the activity area to obtain optimum light focused on the area you wish to work. In kitchens, this would be counters, sinks, and tables. Spotlights and directional lights also provide activity lighting in kitchens, but if you are working over food or cutting, you can afford a shadow. For pantries or other closets, small under cabinet lights offer excellent lighting. They can be mounted inside the cupboard above the door header to provide glare-free lighting on the closet contents.
Fluorescent tubes and LED strips are best suited to the task of providing ambient light. They offer wide-ranging, even illumination and their efficiency make it possible to fill the space with light without creating much heat.
These types of lights work well to deliver bright lighting for work surfaces and general purpose lighting in the kitchen area.
If the sensors can “see” all the doors from their mounting location, they will turn on the lights automatically whenever anyone goes into the room from anyway. These are my favorite in the kitchen ad you might have a hot pan, or slimy chicken covered hands. From a sanitary standpoint, and from an ease of use standpoint, these sensors provide a nice touch to any kitchen.
The benefits of good kitchen lighting are often neglected. While traditional kitchens have been replaced by a more modern one where people interact while working on dinner or cleaning. Thus kitchen lighting is changing with the needs of modern households.