Lighting For Your Kitchen

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Pendant Lighting:

When choosing your pendant, the style of the pendant should match the style of your kitchen. For instance, wooden pendants go well with traditional kitchens, whereas coloured glass goes better with modern kitchens. Scale-conscious customers try and get their pendants to be 254mm smaller in diameter than the width of their kitchen counter – one advantage to this is having more headroom, especially if you have your dining table in the kitchen.

 There are two ways to position the height of your pendant. One is to hang the bottom rim 1550mm to 1650mm from the floor, and the other is to hang it 760mm above the surface of the dining table.
If you have a long dining table, it’s a great idea to have multiple pendant lights hanging over it, just as well they are great to have over cook tops and the kitchen bar. It is always worth installing a dimmer as it can limit your light consumption, and lower your energy bills.

Task Lighting

Today’s compact kitchen renovations designers place wall-mounted cabinetry above most worktops for optimum storage efficiency. This provides the perfect mounting point for recessed cool LED down lighters that cast shadowless white light exactly where Cook is working. Using tinted bulbs creates an amazing ring of light around the room, for that million-dollar look that is surprisingly inexpensive.

In-Cabinet Lighting

Concealed sensor lights inside storage units are one of the neatest kitchen lighting ideas to come out in the past decade. Unless in glass-fronted ones in which you display your memorable treasures, you can set then to come on when they sense the door is opening, and turn off again after you close it again.

Ambient Lighting

Kitchen ideas of using ceiling up-lighting on wall cabinets have been around for decades. However the new series of LED lights now make multiple designs affordable that do not generate a single degree of heat. Try pure white ones above the main work area, and softer, warmer lights over the family chill-out spot. The really neat thing is that you can swop the bulbs around at any time you want.

Suspended Lighting

Have you got a central island or a separate dining table standing on its own? If so, this is the perfect excuse to install pendant lighting over it. This is where kitchen renovations really do become fun. There are so many stunningly unique designs around, that it’s actually difficult to settle on one.

If your kids like to do their homework while you prepare the meal (and perhaps offer a little independent advice) then make sure that this aspect of your kitchen lighting plan comes complete with dimmer switches, so that you can brighten or dim your pendant lights according to the circumstances.

Strip Lighting

If you are an adventurous spirit, then why not experiment with the latest kitchen ideas in strip lighting. This can create a great art deco feel – and make the room seem longer when the other lights are turned down low. When you become imaginative like this you transcend what others think, and start having fun!

The Finishing Touch

Of all the opportunities available when doing kitchen renovations, kitchen lighting can produce the most spectacular results. In fact, kitchen ideas like the ones we mentioned can add a heap more money to the value of your home than they cost. When you sit down after supper and switch the lights to their maximum effect, you’ll agree that the effort was well worth the cost.

Recessed Lighting

Your recessed lights serve many purposes as they can be used for general lighting in open floor plan areas, for highlighting counter areas and stove tops, and also be used with or without standard ceiling lights. You can just as well have sleek and minimalistic lighting, and still be illuminating your entire kitchen. It’s ideal for counter tops and island bars, allowing it to be an appealing and inviting place to carry out your tasks in.

The recessed lights are commonly placed around the perimeters of the room, and about 300mm – 450 mm away from cabinets so that they can better illuminate counter areas. As always, dimmers can help adjust the atmosphere and mood of the kitchen – also saving energy and extending the lifespan of the light bulbs.As they are so convenient, you can use separate dimmer switches for different zones of lighting to give a variety of lighting options; for the counter areas, Kitchen Island, and pantry etc.For tips on colours, click here

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