Lighting can make or break how a new kitchen looks, feels and fuctions.
Good Lighting makes a new kitchen more enjoyable, and bad lighting does just the opposite. It is equally as important as cabinets, countertops, appliances and other fixtures. Effective lighting illuminates a space in layers using different components and strategies to paint the final picture. A similar analogy holds true for lighting.Simply placing flush-mounted fixtures in the ceiling of the center of the kitchen can provide functional light, but recessed ceiling lighting may do littel to beautify the space, create a mood or evoke a favorable emotional response. Layers of light contribute not only to the functionality of the kitchen but also to its desgin and beauty. The different types of lighting that are used to layer light are: Ambient, Task and Accent.
Ambient lighting is the main source of illumination for most rooms is a home. The goal of ambient lighting is to provide soft, general illumination without necessarily drawing attention to the light source. Ambient light provides enough light for safe navigation,cooking and washing dishes and helps to define the space. Depending on the locationof the kitchen and the number of the windows and doors, ambient lighting can be sourced organically, from sunlight. Other potential sources of ambient lighting can be chandeliers, pendant lights, recessed lighting and flush mounted lighting.
Task lighting is employed to illuminate the activities that take place in the kitchen and provides light to prep, cook, bake, read recipes, easily find ingredients and spices, watch television or do homework. Recent technological advances enable designers to integrate task lighting into drawers and cabinets by installing LED strip lighting or puck light. We often employ LED strip lights under cabinets to illuminate countertops.
Accent lighting is used to help keep the kitchen from looking ordinary or bland by highlighting opening shelving, artwork, architectural details or other objects. A details or work of art that draws the attention of the eye is referred to as a focal point. Light fixtures to provide light and shadows can make the space more inviting and comfortable.These may include track light, recessed adjustable fixture, and spotlights. Accent lighting is subtle. A focused beam of light directed at a plant or highlighting a work of art, or a spotlight placed behind a plant and pointed upward through the leaves creates shadows on the wall that can make a kitchen more attractive.
Different light layers may be activated depending on purpose or time of day.For example, during the day, dendants over the island may not be needed at all, ut when you start to prepare dinner in the evening all the layers providing ambient, task and accent lighting become necessary.