Top 5 Lighting Elements for Kitchens

May 10, 2020 | Kitchen Lighting, Kitchen Tips & Advice, News | 0 comments

One important area to consider when designing your kitchen is the lighting. While the primary use of lighting is to illuminate your kitchen so that you can see, it also provides other uses that can enhance your kitchen.

There are a variety of lighting options available on the market and it can be difficult to choose when the options are aplenty. Would your kitchen look better with halogen lights or LED lights? Are you after something that would be cost-effective in the long-term? What style of lighting would suit your kitchen?

These are all common questions that should be considered when choosing kitchen lighting. To help you understand more about the different types of kitchen lighting, we have provided more information below.


Common Places for Kitchen Lighting

With lighting elements in the kitchen, there are typically five areas where you might find lights.

  • Ceiling Lighting – The usual place where you would find lighting is on the ceiling. The ceiling is the conventional place as it provides illumination to the whole room with ease.
  • Display Lighting – To highlight certain areas of the kitchen, display lighting is used on cabinet fronts, mantle shelving and other focused areas.
  • Under-wall Lighting – You will typically find these on the working areas as these highlight the workspace.
  • Over-wall Lighting – This provides illumination facing down certain areas or it can also be used to face up and provide illumination up to the ceiling.
  • Plinth Lighting – These are subtle lighting areas that consist of LED spots or strips to provide atmospheric lighting.

To show you how certain lighting elements can be used, we have provided some popular examples below.


Pendant Lights

Pendant lights are very fascinating and stylish lights that hang from the ceiling. Providing the whole room with illumination, they suit both traditional and modern kitchen designs. Many pendant lights can be used with dimmable LED bulbs, and they are also very easy to install.

A collection of elegant pendant lights or a single light over a dining table can help to differentiate the dining room from the working areas of the kitchen. Styles range from old-school and classy to on-trend modern styles with various material options. Hang the pendants low above the table for a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.


LED Lights

LED lights are used in various ways to illuminate your kitchen, whether it’s on the ceiling, the walls, or even on the floor. They can be used in kitchens, bedrooms and anywhere that is suitable for LED lights.

LEDs are commonly used in modern kitchen architecture and they deliver a variety of lighting options. Its low heat emissions and energy-saving benefits make them a very popular alternative to halogen lights, and are suitable for areas with minimal upkeep. Many types of LEDs can also change colour to suit your kitchen design or mood which enables you to keep your kitchen dynamic.


Task Lighting

Task lighting is a popular trend with modern kitchen designs as they provide a focus on certain areas of the kitchen and adds more illumination. There are a variety of ways you can implement task lighting such as mounting task lights above the hob, the sink, underneath the cupboard, or even the chopping board. These all provide a nice effect for the workspace and it helps you see clearly.

Make sure you position them as near as possible to the front edge of the cupboard for more illumination, or you can simply illuminate the rear of the workstation.


Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting helps to set the scene and mood for your kitchen and many modern kitchen designs often incorporate multiple lighting styles. This type of lighting enables you to illuminate larger areas in the kitchen, whether it’s an empty wall, a plant, or even the bottom of the workspaces. Other common examples include flush ceiling lighting in the cooking area, overhead lamps above the seating areas, and also over-wall lighting around the ceiling.

When used with LED lights that can change colour, this ambient lighting can be dynamic and change the atmosphere of your kitchen when needed.


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