When it comes to kitchen remodeling, lighting is an essential element that should not be overlooked. There are three main types of lighting that you should consider for your kitchen renovation: general lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting. Each type of lighting has its own purpose and can be used to create a unique atmosphere in your kitchen. General lighting is the most basic type of lighting for kitchen renovations.
It typically refers to lights attached to the ceiling, well-connected lights, and hanging lamps in the shape of an island. The main purpose of these lights is to illuminate the kitchen in general. Recessed lights for cans are ideal for general lighting because they are installed flush with the ceiling and do not attract attention. Pendants and chandeliers can also be used to provide ambient and general lighting.
Recessed lights are installed directly on the ceiling, wall or other surfaces. Most of the lighting device is hidden inside the wall or ceiling. These lights are discreet and retain a sense of openness and space in the kitchen. Recessed lighting requires sufficient open space above the ceiling to install the housing and wiring.
Under-cabinet lighting includes focused lamps that illuminate tasks on countertops, sinks and preparation areas. The lighting integrated in the cabinet is installed inside the cabinets to provide better lighting when searching for plates or pans or highlighting a collection housed inside glass or open cabinets. Pendant lamps are accessories mounted on the ceiling and that hang on a rod or chain. They are a cross between ambient light and work light, bringing light closer to the surface of a table, sink, kitchen island or counter to increase visibility.
Decorative lights can also be used to create ambient lighting and guide your eyes to points of interest in the room. LED lights can be placed under the edge of a kitchen island, or highlight your impressive tableware collection in a glass-fronted cupboard. Task lighting is used to highlight specific areas in which work must be done. It illuminates beams focused on specific areas, eliminates unwanted shadows and makes it easier to cut, mix, knead and read the ingredients on food packages or a recipe.
Disc or strip type lights placed under cabinets are used to illuminate countertops for food preparation. You can also consider adding work lighting inside the cabinets to make it easier to locate items that are hidden in the back. Accent lighting can work to complete your kitchen lighting design by emphasizing your kitchen's favorite items. Place LED lights under the edge of a kitchen island, or highlight your impressive tableware collection in a glass-fronted cupboard. When planning your kitchen remodel, it is important to size the luminaire correctly for your kitchen so that it provides the level of light you want and does not overload the space or look too delicate.
Creating a kitchen lighting design based on multiple layers of light will help you make the most of your kitchen space and enjoy every minute you spend in it.