Selecting Lighting for the Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of any home. It’s where they gather for a hearty family dinner, a fun party, a romantic get-together, or just to grab a bite to eat.

Creating a cozy, comfortable environment will help to choose the right lighting. Here it is important to consider two main factors. Firstly, aesthetics. Any lighting fixture must fit into the overall design of the kitchen, complement it harmoniously. And secondly, the functionality. Housewives spend a lot of time in the kitchen, often dealing with small products, and it is worth taking care that they do not have to strain the vision or, conversely, squint from too bright light.

Different lighting approaches

For taste and color, as you know, there is no comrade. And a design project for every kitchen needs to be different. So first let’s try to understand the technical side of the question and find out what in principle there are fixtures for the kitchen.

We can classify the lamps by the following criteria:

  • method of attachment to the ceiling;
  • the number of lamps;
  • number of lamps;
  • lamp type;
  • type of diffuser;
  • the direction of light.

When selecting lighting, you should pay special attention to:

  • the height of the ceiling;
  • the area of the room;
  • the shape of the kitchen (square, elongated, polygonal, or (which is less common) round.

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Mounting method

According to the method of attachment to the ceiling is customary to allocate suspended and near-surface fixtures. The first has a special suspension, long cords or chains, while the surface version is mounted compactly on the ceiling itself, and can be neatly embedded in a suspended ceiling design.

Large kitchens

Kitchens with a large area and a good ceiling height offer tremendous opportunities for lighting choices. For example, pay attention to wrought iron chandeliers in the medieval style, which will look chic over the dining table. It is very convenient if such a chandelier can have the ability to adjust the length of the bar. The classic version offers a lampshade (including fabric one) as an integral detail, but now there are many modern variations on the theme of the Middle Ages for all tastes.

You can also use a set of lighting elements in large rooms, placing them on the ceiling, near the cornices, on the walls, and on the floor. And for those who like to snack at night, economical spotlights are ideal.

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Number of lamps

Among light fixtures, there are multi-lamp and single-lamp fixtures, depending, respectively, on the number of lighting elements. Light fixtures with several lamps are usually called chandeliers.

Number of luminaires

We are used to the fact that usually in one room (with the exception of various sconces or floor lamps) there is one lamp. However, increasingly popular is the variant of dispersed light, which allows to effectively complements the design, to creates light zones, thereby solving the problem that may arise from the unfortunate location of a single source of light. This option is easily achieved by using spotlights, which can be placed on the ceiling in the original order.

Types of lamps

A wide range of different types of lamps are now available on store shelves. Most luminaires are equipped with a standard socket, which is suitable for 4 types of lamps, each of which has a number of advantages and disadvantages. Ordinary lamps are firmly in the household, but when you use them, the energy bills can be frustrating. Consumers are quite distrustful of energy-saving bulbs, perhaps because of their ultra-modern appearance. Incandescent bulbs give bright light and many people associate them more with government offices or offices. Halogen bulbs are characterized by their aesthetic appearance, but they require a special soft-release device.

For non-standard lamps, in addition to the aforementioned options, LED lamps are perfectly suitable. And since it is easy to buy any lamp in the store now, it is usually just a matter of getting used to it.

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