Your kitchen is the busiest room in your home, cooking, cleaning, washing and for some, even eating in the kitchen is a daily occurrence. So, when it comes to choosing lighting for your kitchen, you need to look at both the practical considerations and how your lighting looks and feels. Here’s our Value guide on how to choose kitchen lighting.
Plan Your Kitchen Lighting Scheme
As with any home improvement project, a successful lighting system for your kitchen all starts with planning. Think about how the room is used, particularly after dark – for example, do you simply prepare meals in your kitchen during the evening or does the space also double as a dining area? In addition, make a note of any problems you have with the current lighting set up and how these can be solved. Once you are clear about the function of your lighting scheme, choosing the type of lights you need becomes a lot easier.
Combining Different Types of Kitchen Lighting
Knowing what types of lights are available for the kitchen is also important and basically they fall into three main categories.
When working in your kitchen, general lighting provides you with a bright wash of light that enables you to prepare food and complete others tasks easily and safely. Typically, general lighting comes from ceiling lights such as pendants or wall mounted fittings and it acts as the foundation for your kitchens broader lighting scheme.
Top Tip: Kitchen light fittings that are exposed will collect grease from cooking. Choosing recessed fittings reduces the fittings exposure to grease and therefore require less cleaning.
If and when you need more light in a particular area within the kitchen, a number of small ceiling spotlights or under-cupboard lighting are among the options you can turn to. Besides helping you see better, task lights can also be used to highlight features within the room or to bounce light off fixtures – cupboard doors for example.
Top Tip: If you’re fitting a new kitchen, look out for furniture with built in lights – so when you open a cupboard door, for instance, an interior light comes on automatically.
Ambient or mood lighting comes from low level lighting achieved either by using dimmers or by reducing the amount of lighting that you have switched on. The result should look warm and relaxing. Leaving mood lighting switched on while the kitchen is not in full use will transform the way the room looks and save a little energy.
Top Tip: Experimenting with coloured mood lighting can be very effective and can create a whole new dimension to your kitchens design.
Let the Sunshine In
Whilst you’re thinking about your kitchens lighting scheme, it’s also well worth considering the role played by natural light. Try to optimise the amount of natural light the room gets through the use of smart window dressing and by leaving glazing unobstructed. This way the room gets bathed in beautiful, constantly changing rays of light throughout the day.
With a little planning and thought you can have a wonderfully well-lit kitchen, fit for a multitude of purposes and that shouts style!
See a selection of kitchen lighting
Benton 3-Way Ceiling Spotlight
4-Way Square Plate Spotlight
Steampunk Pendant with Glass Shade