Why Is Lighting Important In Kitchens?

Why Is Lighting Important In Kitchens?

Whenever planning new kitchens, you need to create strategic lighting plans. This is because lighting always adds drama, beauty and functionality. It is one of the most important components in perfect kitchen design. The problem is that even if it is so important, lighting usually stands out as a clear afterthought during the design process. In most cases it is just let in the responsibility of the contractor or electrician. 

There are so many things that will go through your mind, ranging from having a phone number for Melbourne leak detection services to making sure everything is arranged in cabinets. Light is often forgotten or is seen as just an afterthought. 

Obviously, the presence of natural light is a great advantage. However, this is not always present. This means lighting is even more vital in the overall kitchen design scheme. Generally, in a kitchen, you need the following main lighting types. 

Task Lighting

The best example of task lighting in a kitchen is undercabinet lighting. You use such lighting in order to illuminate the surfaces where you will prepare food. Nowadays, low voltage LED lights are preferred, just like puck lights. They are pretty common task lights used in many modern kitchens. 

Always take into account the countertop that you select as you plan the lights. For instance, if the surface is a high gloss one, you need some diffusers. They are preferred because of being able to dictate light strength. 

The best thing you can do is to discuss both the advantages and disadvantages of every light source so that you can make an appropriate choice. Positioning always needs to be proper. 

Accent Lighting

When you plan your kitchen, you need to think about accent lighting. It is always necessary in order to highlight decorative wineracks, hoodfans and other elements, like a painting. There might be some architectural features that are placed inside your kitchen, like a vaulted ceiling or a stone fireplace. Accent lighting makes these elements instantly stand out. 

Usually, lighting specialists recommend that you add accent lighting with a brightness of 3 times more than the surrounding lighting. 

General Lighting

We can define general lighting as being light that will fill gaps wherever there is more required lighting. Nowadays, kitchen planners and designers highly recommend the use of recessed lights. The pendant lights that are placed over islands or the chandelier-style fixtures are also considered as being general lighting. A pendant practically means you add a light cluster. 

Although there are obviously 3 types of lighting that are always beneficial in kitchens, you need to make sure that you consider all the available options. Make sure that you get in touch with an experienced interior designer whenever you have doubts. This is definitely the best possible choice at the end of the day. You might think about some various aspects and you might want some extra additions but if you do not add lighting in a proper way to your kitchen, huge problems can appear. 

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