How do you light a kitchen?
Good kitchen lighting is so important!
Cornwall Lighting Experts describe the most suitable lighting for one of the busiest rooms in
many homes- the kitchen. Today's multi-functional kitchen
spaces are not only used for cooking, but
also for visiting with friends, home work,
reading the paper, and just relaxing.
The days of the single
dim overhead kitchen lighting fixture are
over! As with all home lighting it is important
to create multiple layers of light. Task
lighting, ambient lighting and accent lighting
will together create an inviting, livable
Kitchen counters and other
work areas need to be well lit and free
of shadows. Fluorescent or low voltage undercabinet
lighting strips provide effective task lighting.
Fluorescent lighting fixtures are well suited
because they are efficient , providing more
lumens per watt. They do not put out much
heat and they create an even light. And,
with the newer electronic ballasts they
do not flicker or hum anymore!
Low voltage lighting dims more easily and
lights decorative objects and surfaces dramatically.
Over shiny, black marble surfaces they will
create drama, but be aware: they will also
give off a lot of glare. Any of our Conrwall Lighting Specialists will be glad to help you with any queries you may have in choosing the correct lighting for your living space.
If you are illuminating a kitchen island with a very reflective surface and this
is your primary work area you might want
to choose a fixture where the low voltage
bulb is does not shine directly onto the
or even choose a softer light source, like
an incandescent or fluorescent fixture.
A breakfast area is also frequently used
for reading, so good overhead light is a
must. Here the decor determines the style:
from chandeliers to high-tech flexible track
lighting with colorful pendants the choice
Ambient light is needed
for all casual activities . It permits comfortable
clean-up and easy view into drawers. Recessed
downlights or fluorescent lighting are good
In a contemporary kitchen a low voltage
monorail with a variety of track heads and
colorful glass mini-pendants can curve through
the work and dining areas without interruption
of design. The spots can highlight decorative
features in the kitchen like collections
of canisters on top of cabinets while providing
Our local Cornwall Lighting Experts offer creative lighting solutions for all interior
and exterior environments. Expert design and
consultancy services offered and a wide range of lighting solutions and a full fitting service.
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