When people think of remodeling their home they often focus on the kitchen and the bathrooms. There is a good reason for this they are two of the most highly used rooms in your home. We won’t get into why the bathroom is so widely used but the kitchen has multiple jobs.
The first job is the most relevant job and that is for cooking and eating. But many people over look all the other main tasks of the kitchen. Such as a study area for your kids to do their home work. Reading the morning paper or a book at the kitchen table.
These are just a few of the task that we perform every day. That is why when you remodel your kitchen you should really think about your kitchen lighting design. It is more import than you may think and it has many different roles. There are two basic types of lighting in the kitchen. The first is general or ambient lighting. The second is task lighting and they are both very different on how they are used.
When you start with your general kitchen lighting you will most like look at recessed can fixtures or fluorescent fixtures. These are both a great solution for your overall needs. They are both available in energy efficient versions and have a wide spectrum of lighting possibilities. But these types of fixtures can be a tad boring and do not add to your overall design and theme of your kitchen.
That is where task lighting will come into play. There are many types of task lighting that can be added to your kitchen to increase your kitchens illumination. One of the most popular types of kitchen lighting would be island lighting. These come in a wide variety of sizes and can add a focal paint to your kitchen with their unique designs and styling. Island lighting is a great way to bring task lighting to your kitchen island. The light shines down on the surface and creates direct light for that area.
Another good option is mini pendant lighting. This does not have the dramatic affect that an island light does. But it is more versatile on where you can place it. These are a great way to bring task light while not taking away from other areas in your kitchen.
Under cabinet lighting is another way to bring a lot of light to your kitchens counter tops. They provide direct light for work stations such as your stove, blender, cutting board and many more. There are many different types of under cabinet lighting from LED, puck lighting and strip lighting. The main thing to focus on with under cabinet lighting is exactly how much light that you really need. With each of these different options you can get a lot of light or just a splash of light to see better.
By adding a down light chandelier or down light pendant to your dining nook you will create task Illumination. This will be a great way to bring more brightness to the tasks preformed here.