Except for when there are power cuts, for whatever reason, one need not work under candlelight. Unless, of course one is helping the government in load shedding, or then one would rather conserve the amount spent on the electricity bill. Jokes apart, the kitchen lighting is as important as that of any other room. Thus, interior designers spend as much time creating a plan for lighting up the kitchen as they would for every other room assigned to them.
Whether seeking the professional help of an interior designer or not, one needs to give proper consideration to the lighting of the kitchen. First and foremost one needs to decide how much they are ready to spend on the lighting for this room. After all the light fixtures do cost something – and this is not only the wires and switches but also the lampshades, or the type of light and bulb.
Not only should the lighting be appropriate to carry out the kitchen chores, but it should also make the room look pleasant. This will make it a pleasure for the one cooking and doing all other kitchen tasks through the days. So, one should be prepared to spend a little extra to create a beautiful looking kitchen. And why not one that becomes the envy of all visitors?
After determining the budget one needs to take into the space area of the kitchen. This is important in determining the amount of lighting required and in which areas of the kitchen need specific lighting. One also needs to consider whether the room needs single lighting, or then multiple lighting options. This is determined by the area or space of the room, as well as the placement of all interior objects such as the cooking range, counter top and if space permits then the kitchen-cum-dining table.
The kitchen lighting design should not, in any way, overpower the space of the kitchen. Thus, as most interior designers would insist – avoid lighting up the entire kitchen. With an over-lit kitchen the charm of the interiors of this room tends to get dissolved. And for this reason recessed lighting seems to be a better option. Those opting for a single lighting can opt for the dimming option; wherein a regulator is fixed to control the amount of light required at any other point.
Another increasingly popular option is that of layered lighting. By this is meant that instead of single lighting, there should be a blend of three to four varied types of lighting. This creates lighting layers.
One can look up various sources to trace the kitchen lighting fixtures. When doing up the kitchen, one should do enough of research to ensure that they have selected the best within their slated budget. So instead of doing the entire shopping of kitchen lighting fixtures from the first shop one steps into, it is better to do some window shopping and then make the purchases.
While selecting from the varied options one could take into account the following kitchen lighting ideas:
·-Kitchen Chore Lighting: This type of lighting layout plan takes into consideration the tasks done in the kitchen. The lighting is selected to help one cut vegetables, read recipes, etc., and is fixed between the workspace and the individuals head.
·- Glow Lighting: This provides a special glow to the kitchen that is warm and pleasing to the eye.
·- Prominent Lighting: This is fixed within a glass cabinet that makes the glass crockery look even prettier.
·- Ornamental Lighting: This is mainly to add to the aesthetics of the kitchen, especially if it also used as the dining area of the house.