Kitchen is a place of meals and a workplace as well. Smooth overhead lighting is not enough, it is important to install powerful built-in lights in cooking area.
The main thing is to avoid vertical lighting that forms shadows. Light must be spread out in all directions, it should not blind people sitting at the table while highlighting their faces.
For many people the appearance of food is as important as its taste. Ceremonial kitchen lighting promotes good appetite.
Both working and dining areas require good lighting. To organize or not general kitchen light is worth thinking. It makes the whole kitchen space uniformly illuminated and boring. It's a matter of taste.
Some prefer that all items should be equally well lightened, others like zoned light that causes a feeling of mystery through a combination of light and shadow areas.
In kitchen lighting you can use a traditional ceiling light for low ceilings, pendant lights, spotlights combined with sources of local lights for "special purpose" (sconces, floor lights, table lights). Excellent effect can be achieved using lights on live rails. By moving its elements you can create new light scheme and, consequently, a new kitchen look.
In kitchen it is good to use a combination of general light that illuminates the whole room (such as chandelier, ceiling light) and the local light, decorative and working (such as fixed lights in cooking area, sconces on the wall).
Major areas, working and dining, should be highlighted predominantly, while others may remain in the shadows.
Common light is not a replacement of dining and workspace light.
It is necessary to consider the color palette of light, because each color has its own role in any room including kitchen. Light should not distort the color of meals, so appropriate lighting in kitchen should be of natural spectrum. The more powerful light source is, the more cold (or white) light it gives. There are also different kinds of ordinary, neutral lights.
You should pay attention to creation of a light arrangement between the general appearance and the dining table. For warmth and comfort, decorative items (lights, wall lights, table lamp) are used individually and in combination with each other.
If the kitchen is small, often local lighting is enough. For example, several chandeliers on flexible arm in combination with ceiling lights.
If the kitchen is large, you can also do without the general lighting. You may need more sources of local light and well-designed interior lighting composition.
Particular attention must be given to lighting of a dining table:
- If the light is hanging high above the table, it creates a solemn atmosphere;
- If the light is hanging low above the table, it creates a cozy, family, intimate atmosphere (There are chandeliers with adjustable height, which can be appropriately configured);
- Table top should be completely in the circle of light. There should not be borders of light and shade on it.
If you want lose weight, do not use bright lights. This may reduce appetite.
Direct light must not blind people in kitchen.
Power of lighting plays an important role and depends on the kind of atmosphere you want to create. You should use rheostats (dimmers) - devices that can help you smoothly adjust the lighting intensity.