Picking Out Your Kitchen Lighting

Homeowners think that their job is done once they have chosen the design for their kitchen including the materials for the countertop, the best tiles and tap to use. What they don’t realize is that there is another essential part of a kitchen, the lighting. The same thought and consideration should be given when choosing the kitchen lighting. If you choose a light that is too dull or too bright for your taste or picked out the wrong lighting fixture, you will have to put up with it for many years. There are many lighting options out there such as 12 volt LED strip lighting which is currently the latest trend in lighting.

According to Vagn Madsen, a kitchen designer, if you want to use pendant light make sure to measure the size through making a mock-up before going out to buy. If you judge the pendant light alone, you might think it small enough but once placed in the kitchen it might be bigger than you would have liked or expected. Madsen recommended taking a sample home or cut out the shape of the light in a cardboard or measure it out.

You kitchen must not have one source light alone but rather there should be options in order for you to adjust it accordingly. Madsen said that the kitchen is part of the house that is utilized from morning until nighttime. The pendant light might be enough for someone reading but for preparing meals, extra lights should be available such as ceiling lights, lights on wall cabinets and range hood lights.

The kitchen has four types of lighting – task, ambient, accent and decorative. One good example of task lighting is a 12 volt LED strip lighting placed under the cabinets can be useful when preparing meals. Ambient lighting is all about the vibe of the room which should be warm. Examples of accent lighting are wall sconces, track lights and uplights. Decorative lighting, on the other hand, can be a chandelier or a pendant that will make the room look more attractive and with edge. Finally,Madsen recommends that lighting should be planned before or during the kitchen design phase instead of postponing it once the room is done.

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