Lighting in the kitchen
Optimizing your kitchen's ambiance and functionality hinges largely on selecting the right lighting. Dive in as we illuminate the three primary types of kitchen lighting, equipping you with the knowledge to enhance your culinary space.
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DIFFERENT TYPES OF KITCHEN LIGHTING
Lighting might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you're dreaming of a new kitchen. Nevertheless, it's a good idea to consider lighting right from the start, as it plays a significant role in the overall ambiance of the kitchen. As a rule of thumb, you should take into account three different types of light:
General kitchen lighting serves to cast a uniform glow, ensuring every nook and cranny of the kitchen is well-lit. This practical illumination, often positioned in the ceiling, provides comprehensive coverage.
An effective ceiling light not only aids in easily identifying items within cabinets and drawers but also ensures that no spots are missed during cleaning, maintaining the kitchen's cleanliness and hygiene.
Efficient work lighting is paramount for kitchen tasks, requiring brightness with the correct tone to accentuate every nuance.
Commonly, work lighting takes form beneath upper cabinets, either as LED spots or light strips. These strips might be integrated seamlessly into the cabinets, doubling as both a light source and a handle, or mounted as bands lining the base of the cabinets.
Pendant lights, strategically hung directly over the worktop, can also serve as impactful work lights. Incorporating dimmers lets you modulate the intensity, shifting from task-centric brightness to a more subdued, ambient glow, adding versatility to your kitchen's mood.
Mood lighting infuses warmth and character into your kitchen, offering an array of creative possibilities.
In compact kitchens, leveraging dimmers can effortlessly transition task lighting into a more intimate ambiance. For larger spaces, mood lighting can be crafted using clusters of petite lamps in cozy corners or a tasteful floor lamp.
The key is to let your imagination run free when tailoring mood lighting for your culinary space. Your choices can truly reflect the feel and personality you want your kitchen to embody.
How to Choose the Right Kitchen Lighting
There are several factors worth considering when you're looking for the perfect kitchen lighting.
Begin by contemplating the following:
1. The colour temperature of the light
Selecting the right kitchen lighting goes beyond brightness; the color temperature plays a pivotal role in shaping the ambiance. Color temperature profoundly influences the mood and functionality of the kitchen. Hence, it's essential to align your choice of color temperature with the light's intended purpose and the overall atmosphere you aim to create.
Temperature for practical lighting
If the light is intended for practical tasks, it is most suitable to use a neutral white colour at 3500-4000 kelvin.
Temperature for mood lighting
For creating a cosy atmosphere, it is most appropriate to use a warm white colour at 2600-2900 kelvin.
Take control of the light
With the Multi White feature in LED spots, effortlessly tailor your kitchen's ambiance by adjusting tones and brightness. Switch from bright white task lighting to cozy yellow mood illumination—all from the convenience of your mobile app.
2. LED lighting in the kitchen
LED lighting in the kitchen not only ensures comfortable and effective illumination but also yields notable economic advantages.
Opting for LED bulbs dramatically reduces power consumption compared to traditional incandescent bulbs. In a space like the kitchen, where multiple lights often operate simultaneously, this energy efficiency can translate into tangible savings on your electricity bill.
Moreover, LED bulbs stand out for their longevity. Coupled with their availability in a spectrum of color temperatures, you can effortlessly tailor your kitchen's ambiance, be it warm and cozy or cool and contemporary.
Get more information about kitchen lighting and the Multi White function at your HTH store.
Brushed steel LED spot
With the Multi White feature, you can control the hue and brightness of the light.
White Orbit LED spot
Trumpet-shaped LED spot with Multi White feature.
LED spot with brushed steel spacer ring
Use a spacer ring to create a gap between the unit base and LED spot.
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Did you know?
LED bulbs use five times less power
than, for example, halogens.
LED bulbs have a longer lifespan.
In average use, the lifespan of LEDs is 15 years, while that of halogens is only around six years.
A word of advice
When choosing kitchen lights, always see the lamp with light in it before you decide. This way you can make sure the light color and color rendering is what you want.
The choice of lighting for the kitchen depends on the kitchen's layout and functions. It's important to select lighting that complements the kitchen's design while also meeting practical needs. For example, LED spotlights can be ideal for work areas like the kitchen countertop, while pendant lights can add ambiance over the dining table.
The amount of light in a kitchen depends on the kitchen's size, function, and your personal preferences. The most important thing is to have adequate lighting over work areas like the kitchen countertop, where cooking and preparation take place. Over dining areas, you can opt for lower lighting to create a cozier atmosphere.
Remember that the best results are achieved by combining different light sources - both general kitchen lighting, task lighting, and mood lighting - to achieve both functionality and aesthetics in the kitchen.
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