The kitchen is the heart of the home. It is not only where we cook and prepare our meals, but often where we entertain, converse, and eat our meals too. Consequently, a little attention needs to be given to creating enough light for a functional work space, but also accommodating a softer lighting for ambience. Eurolux gives us tips on ways to light our kitchen according to our needs. There are five main types of lighting to consider for the kitchen:
- Central lighting
The biggest advantage of a single central light fitting is that it is easy to clean. However, if you do not have a fan, be aware that it will get dirty quickly and frequently due to the dust and steam. The biggest disadvantage is that it casts a shadow over your work surface, as the light is behind you. To overcome this, position downlighters above and angled towards work surfaces.
- Under-counter lighting
Under-counter lighting is the key option in creating atmosphere. The main light fitting can be turned off while leaving the under-counter lights on, thereby giving a soft glow in the room.
There are two types of under-counter lighting, depending on the effect you want to achieve:
-Flourescent lights which give a wider pool of light.
-Downlighters which gives a more ambient light. Note that you cannot mount this under a cupboard containing perishable items as downlighters generate heat.
- Track Lighting
Track lighting is a great option as it is inexpensive and highly versatile. Several light fittings are attached to a single bar and each light can be angled independently. They can run vertically or horizontally on the wall, ceilings or stairways.
- Cupboard Lighting
Again, there are two options of cupboard lighting to consider:
-From the outside in
This is where downlighters or track lights are most ideal as they can be fixed around the perimeter of the cupboard or angled to shine straight into the cupboard.
-From the inside
Downlighters installed inside and towards the front of the cupboard, often used for decorative purposes.
- Pantry Lighting
The pantry is a functional room and therefore needs to be well lit, preferably with a spotlight that can be directed and angled as needed.
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