Here at locksonline, we want our customers to understand how different lighting can create practicality as well as generate mood.
A successful and visually stimulating scheme all begins with layering the effects. What we mean by layering the effects, is you’ll need to consider what light categories your kitchen needs. It is recommended by a majority of interior designers that when planning your kitchen lighting, you should consider three categories; Task (working light), ambience (dining & socialising) and feature (decorative). Keep all three in mind when planning your kitchen and for even more flexibility, you could also consider dimmable and coloured lighting.
Efficient task lighting is a must have in every kitchen. Not only does it serve a practical purpose, it also offers safety whilst prepping and cooking. Direct lighting is advised for any area where food preparation takes place – worktops, cookers – so that the act of chopping and cooking can be carried out safely and without the presence of shadows. Ideally, you want to choose a recessed mounted option for underneath a cabinet. Down lights are perfectly suited for this purpose as their light is focussed purely downwards. They’re also incredibly simple to mount and a majority of lights with come with the fixings you require. Recessed is also suggested, as exposed light fittings are more susceptible to collecting dust and grease.
Many kitchens are now open-plan and combine the kitchen area with the dining area. This isn’t an issue as the practical lighting from the kitchen can actually compliment the warmer, ambient lighting of the dining room. However, you can also distinguish the rooms from one and over by creating an invisible wall using lighting – use cool lighting in the kitchen and warm lighting in the dining area.
When considering what lighting will be suitable for the dining area, you need to bear two things in mind – adequate lighting for eating and softer lighting for entertaining – but where’s the compromise? By using just cool white, there’s the chance it might be a bit to blinding for sitting around and having a chat and by using warm white, it might be a bit dark and create shadows whilst trying to dine. The best option to combat this is to invest in dimmable LEDs. You can set the mood all with the touch of a switch.
Also take into consideration how ‘lived-in’ your kitchen is. How often does entertainment take place? Kitchens are swiftly becoming the primary social hub in today’s homes, so it’s important that the lighting is soft and inviting. Plinth lighting and flexible strip lighting not only buzzes with creativity, but by mounting them to various features and furniture it gives an illusion of floating and creates a magical and mystical feeling as the evening draws in.
If you have any interesting features in your kitchen which you’d like to make show of, why not invest in some spotlights and give your kitchen a touch of Hollywood.Also invest in some glass shelves and place in alcoves. The purpose of this is you can add edged shelf lighting, like the Loox LED 2007 glass edge light, which will shine light through the glass and make the shelf a feature. It is also incredibly easy to mount. Mount the profile with the accompanying screw fixings and then the shelf is simply push fitted into the profile. If you’d like to look at any of the products mentioned in this article or would like to view a larger range of lighting, then please feel free to head on over to out lighting section! https://www.locksonline.com/buy/Loox-LED-Lighting-Solutions-14140.html If you would like to discuss these products or anything from our website, then why not try our free live chat service.