It may sound strange, but the choice of lighting in the kitchen is often underestimated. In reality, it makes an important contribution to the appearance of the kitchen, enriching it and literally making it stand out. It is also very functional because cooking becomes a whole lot easier when things are properly illuminated. The choice of lighting systems is vast, suitable for any style and the widest range of requirements and budgets.
Types of Lighting
Natural light. The first source of light to be considered is natural light, which is unrivalled. Windows in the kitchen are essential to its lighting, in addition to consenting healthy air changes. Work in the kitchen is at its best when the windows are located above the countertop, or in front of it, for example in an island or peninsula kitchen. In these cases, attention should be paid to making sure it is easy to open the window while working at the countertop, very important when the sink is close by: if the tap could be problem, consider a telescopic model.
Artificial light. There are many options for avoiding spaces in shadow and making up for the lack of natural light: directional lamps and recessed light fixtures, suspended light fixtures, a very practical solution above an island or peninsula, under cabinet lighting in classical neon or low energy consuming and long lasting LED strip lighting. Other options include lighting built into the underside of shelving, illuminated utensil bars and internal cabinet lighting systems.
Lighting the kitchen. Strong lighting is necessary near the sink, cooktop and countertop. A suspended light fixture above the table is always a must. Islands and peninsulas must be properly lit.
Recessed light fixtures. Use a gypsum board ceiling to contain recessed lighting for illuminating specific areas.
Light regulation. Use dimmer systems to regulate the intensity of light and create different atmospheres at different times of the day and to save energy.
Cabinet lighting. Lighting the interior of cabinets makes things easier to see, and can also increase operativity, for example when tall cabinets are fitted with a pull out work surface.