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Kitchen Lighting Guide
When designing kitchen lighting there are two main considerations being the ambient lighting of the room and the specific lighting of the work surfaces. Having these two working together is the best solution ensuring you have good quality light where the preparation is being done and ambient light giving the desired effect for the room. Primary lighting for the kitchen needs to provide a good overall level of ambient lighting. Options are - recessed spot lights, surface spot lights, fluorescent fittings, design LED and statement pieces.
Fluorescent fittings have recently come back into the market and are proving to be very popular with customers being modern, sleek and effective. These use the latest T5 tubes which offer instant start, no flicker and very short warm up time. These are a very reliable and low energy solution for kitchen lighting giving a very even well distributed level of light. So being a long way away from the fluorescents of old these new fitting are worth considering. image
Surface spot lights
Surface spot lights offer many of the same features as recessed spots except they tend to be located in the centre of the room and are then swivelled and adjusted to send the light to where it is required. Generally using such spots lights make getting the under-cupboard lighting right even more important. By using LED GU10 lamps you have the option on light colour (WW NW CW) and they tend to spread the light more broadly than halogen so therefore create a more even light distribution. Similarly the surface capsule light is a good solution being less directional than the spot lights. Typically these fittings come with a 40w halogen capsule which can be changed for a 3w LED equivalent. image
Under-cupboard lighting is generally unseen hidden behind the cornice of the wall cabinet. One option is the fluorescent fitting using the latest slimline T5 tube just 15mm diameter and which are available in cool white and warm white. These can be used singly or may be linked together and generally have local switching on each fitting. Alternative to the fluorescent are the new designs of LED strips which are again discreet and suitable for linking with light colour options. Ideally under-cupboard lights will controlled from the main light switch as well as being able to switch locally at the fitting. In this way using the lights will be more convenient to be used rather than than having to switch each individual fitting. image
Design led lighting
Having solved the basic lighting many customers will then look to introducing a design statement or a special effect to make the most of their new kitchen. An over island or over dining table piece will draw attention and can be selected to compliment other design features in the kitchen / house. Selection of the right metal colour such as antique, satin silver or chrome is a good starting point. Or in some cases a particular glass colour might be preferred. Popular today are multi-light heads on a bar or a number of light fittings hanging in a row. There are many options in this regard and so there will always be something to fit in with a customers design concept.