How to light a kitchen

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Today, the kitchen has become the center of the home for many people. It is important that the kitchen is both functional, comfortable and especially has the right lighting.

The kitchen has moved away from being the place where we solely prepare food. Nowadays, the kitchen is the place everyone will congregate when entertaining, so it’s more important than ever that the lighting is both task-oriented but also ambient and friendly.

When designing the lighting in the kitchen, you should consider several things. It is important that the lighting is not too bright, and it is an advantage if the fixtures are dimmable. In this way, you can adjust the lights to every need and occasion. You should also make sure to think about the placement of the lighting. Don’t place only one lamp in the middle of the room; this way you will certainly be working in your own shadow. Instead, you should install the light over each work area and remember extra lighting under the shelving. Remember, there is no such thing as too much lighting when you are working in the kitchen with a sharp knife.

Three-level lighting

When designing the lighting in your kitchen, we recommend working with three levels of lighting; down-lights, under-cabinet lighting and hanging (or pendant) lighting.

Downlights are good for general room lighting, as it combats glare and shadows. Normasyms LED downlights NS14 works perfectly as kitchen lighting, as the lighting unit is very discreet and offers perfect and energy-efficient lighting.

For under-cabinet strip lighting, Normasyms NS30 fits perfectly. You can also use LED strips as indirect lighting to illuminate countertops. They stay cooler than incandescents and cannot be seen. Also, they do not shine in anyone’s eyes. As an extra feature, you can use NS31 in drawers. The lamp has a microwave sensor, which registers when a drawer or cupboard is opened and the light is switched on.

Hanging (or pendant) lighting can be used to create a warmer and more ambient light. Pendants can be used over islands and dining areas, and will also add some stylistic and visual interest to the room.

TIP! Make sure to choose an LED light bulb, which will ensure a better light. It might surprise you how much more light you will get from the right light bulb.

In general, warm and golden tones is good for kitchen lighting. You should make sure not to hang too many lamps from the ceiling, as this can cause a messy expression of the kitchen. To avoid this, you should choose LED downlights instead.

*Sources: Ylighting, The Kitchn, LUX review