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The Kitchen. The Centre of the Home.

Updated on July 17, 2016

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Well-designed kitchen lighting is an essential element for your home. It must serve a variety of purposes to create ambience, put on a finishing touch, and illuminate work space. In this article, you will explore bright ideas for devising the perfect lighting scheme. Get started with ceiling lights and learn how to create layered effects. Read on to find out how to create the atmosphere that will reflect your style in cooking and entertaining.

Ceiling lights in the kitchen

I have fond memories of the kitchen I grew up in. It was the place to slip and slide around in my socks, make a mess with school projects, wash dishes while pretending to mix soap bubble drinks, and sit for what seemed like an eternity after a meal finishing up my peas. Later, it became the place to practice my culinary skills. One section of countertop was a pristine space dedicated to food preparation. I would switch on the light underneath the cupboard and let my imagination run wild. I would make chocolate chip, sugar, and peanut butter cookies, salads, sandwiches, pizza, and my specialty spinach lasagne. The light over the counter was crucial for the best result in combining ingredients. A ceiling light hung over the kitchen table casting a warm glow and a fluorescent tube illuminated the kitchen sink. In any kitchen, it is essential to have lighting that meets your needs for cooking, washing, eating, and gathering with your family and friends. Read on to learn how to maximize the lighting potential in the heart of your home: the kitchen.

Illuminate the task

The purpose of task lighting is to illuminate food preparation and cooking areas so you can safely stir and slice. Since work surfaces are the most active areas in the kitchen, install lighting under cupboards, shelving, or on the wall. It is beneficial to have these on a separate circuit from main lights as they do tend to be brighter, and then can be switched off when not in use. There are a variety of options to choose from as well, like low voltage spotlights, LED's, or frosted glass wedges.

Create a Mood

A current trend is open-plan living where a spacious kitchen is a large and airy space. Create a mood with ceiling lights in the form of low-hung lamp shades over the table or an island countertop. Consider a dimmer switch. It is the single most vital improvement you can make to your lighting scheme and can also create a specialized ambience.

Decorate with style

Lighting should not only be practical, but also be attractive and reflect your style. Use your creativity to install ceiling lights in the form of pendants, chandeliers, or lamp shades. There are many patterns, colours, styles, textures, and forms to choose from. For a modern look, stick with steel, chrome, or frosted glass.

Accent key features

You can illuminate certain areas of the kitchen with exciting light effects. For example, feature your tea pot collection by installing accent lighting in your glass cabinet. Or you could make a search for your chocolate spread easier with small lights inside the cupboard activated upon opening the door. You could even enhance an architectural part of your home with spotlights above or below the floor.

Increase energy efficiency

It is a bright idea to utilize low energy bulbs. They are not only smart because they conserve twenty percent more energy than regular bulbs, but also because they save you money. Also, you don't have to sacrifice your style, as they come in a wide range of shapes and sizes to fit a variety of fittings making them a flexible and brilliant addition to your home.

With these tips and ideas you can now create your perfect kitchen lighting scheme to work and relax in heart of the home by cooking, dining, and entertaining.


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