Why is lighting so important?
A well-designed kitchen with the right kitchen lighting can transform your space and look truly spectacular. The kitchen has become the hub of the home for many, which means your lighting plan must support your kitchens new multifunctional purpose. The kitchen has evolved to a place where we not only prepare food and dine, but a working space, a place of relaxation, a place to entertain. With your kitchens new multi-functional purpose, it’s important your lighting scheme compliments and supports your activity.
Many homeowners would agree that kitchen lighting is often overlooked, when in fact it should be a big part of the initial kitchen planning stages. Kitchen lighting can have a dramatic impact on your overall finished space so it’s important to consider what type of lighting is needed for the different areas of the space you’re planning to design.
Having a well-lit kitchen doesn’t just compliment your design, but also provides direct and intense illumination for food preparation and other working areas. Here we give you a little insight into the 3 types of lighting and how they all help create that perfectly designed kitchen.
Your key working areas will require task lighting which refers to the brightest lights for your food preparation zones. Installing under cupboard spotlights and ceiling lights will ensure you illuminate those key working areas where visibility is needed the most.
Often known to give the most impact, mood lighting is used to create an ambience, adding dimension and depth to the room. Mood lighting is used for decorative purposes as opposed to functional task lighting and is soft, calming, and unobtrusive. When we are planning our kitchen lighting, mood lighting is often the most overlooked meaning our dining, relaxing and entertaining zones lack that relaxed ambience and subtle background illumination. When ambient and task lighting are just so, the entire kitchen comes together to create a perfectly balanced atmosphere.
Create extra drama and add character with accent lighting. Accent lighting is great for adding to the overall light in a room, drawing further attention to points of interest. Examples of accent lighting would be LED strip lights, picture lights, and mirror lights where we want to accentuate image and style, making features more prominent. Typically three times as bright as ambient lights, their primary objective is aesthetic. Accent lights such as wall lights and recessed spotlights are perfect for creating focal points and drawing attention to artwork, furnishings, or architectural details.
We can talk you through a range of lighting options to ensure your finished kitchen design meets all of your different lighting needs.