Kitchen

10 tips for better lighting in the kitchen

When designing your kitchen it is absolutely essential to consider lighting. The different points of activity and the room as a whole demand tailored light treatments. The right way to add lighting is explained here in 10 points.

Practical guide - 29 March 2016

Tip 1

Priority

There are three different light sources to take into account when considering the overall lighting scheme of your kitchen. First of all, there are the lights which create the overall atmosphere of the room, secondly there are those that provide functional lighting and finally there are those that add to the decoration of the kitchen.

Tip 2

Atmosphere

The lighting which comes from the ceiling has the potential to create a crushing effect on a room and create a pale light. For a kitchen, it is best to opt for the installation of spotlights in a false ceiling that creates a warm indirect light. In an open kitchen, a light dimmer switch can reduce lighting when the space is unoccupied.

Tip 3

At work

Lets talk about the sink, the hob, the worktop and the hood of the cooker. Each of these can benefit from a light which is strong and precise. The solution in this case are spots or LED luminaire strips under the overhead cabinets.For further effects you can install this type of lighting in closets or drawers. In the dining area or in the kitchen island, it is ideal to install a suspension at the correct height (approximately 70 cm from the table).

Tip 4

Further advice

It is important to set up a system of lighting that links the two previous zones. You can choose to illuminate the inside of a closet or to install wall brackets to complement the ambient lighting.

Tip 5

Deco and design

Take the time to correctly choose your lights or wall lamps. They can be trendy and their design options are numerous. Remember they must be as decorative as practical and easy to clean. If you want to make effective combinations of ceiling lights above the table or work surface, note that three is a good balance. Image Secondaire

Tip 6

Welcome lighting

For lamps, LEDs have obviously found a place in the kitchen. Their small size allows you to showcase the corners or even accessories like the mixer tap or the sink. They are decorative and consume low energy.

Tip 7

The right bulb

Fluorescent and compact fluorescent lamps are becoming more and more popular and replacing the more traditional incandescent bulbs. Their consumption is minimal, and similar to LEDs, they can be placed almost anywhere.

Tip 8

A good Colour Rendering Index

Install compact fluorescent lamps with a quick or instant start. For a regular white light, choose bulbs with a Color Rendering Index (CRI) as close as possible to 100.

Tip 9

Lux

A kitchen requires a minimum of approximately 300 lux illumination, but 500 lux should be applied the working areas. A kitchen designer can guide you through these more technical stages.

Tip 10

Cleaning

Lights lose as much as light bulbs become very dirty in the kitchen. They may lose 50% of their effectiveness as a result.

In a nutshell

The lighting of a kitchen is very technical. You must anticipate electricity sources as well as suitable electrical outlets in your project prior to the commencement of your work.

Aim to take into account the technical side of this type of work and to precisely calculate the intensity and the nature of light in your kitchen.

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