well-planned kitchen lighting scheme that sets the mood for cooking, eating and
A great kitchen
lighting scheme has the power to transform an ordinary kitchen into the truly
spectacular. Now that our kitchens are increasingly performing on a
multifunctional level, the lighting plan must evolve to cater for dining,
relaxing, office or homework and entertaining.
positioned lighting can also hide a multitude of sins. It can make a small
kitchen appear larger, disguise awkward architecture or compensate for poor
steps and you’re guaranteed to get your lighting right first time.
How to plan your
that the best time to install a new lighting scheme is way back at the planning
stage, as you are signing off your kitchen drawings. Leave it until later and
it becomes an afterthought with limited possibilities.
Look at the
areas of your kitchen plan and think about the activities that will happen in
each space. Some spaces, such as food preparation zones, the kitchen sink and
above the hob, will require task lighting, while others, such as the dining
area, call for mood and accent lighting. If people are going to be chatting to
you in the kitchen over a glass of wine while you’re cooking, you’ll want them
to sit in a softer light so they can relax
types of kitchen lighting available, consider the size and layout of the
kitchen and the amount of natural light it receives. Then work out whether you
have the environment to incorporate the below options to create the perfect
kitchen atmosphere for you.
Consider how to
control your lighting
As well as
simple on/off switches, dimmer switches are great for creating a soft, ambient
glow by decreasing power to the light source or better still with a wealth of
light sources at your disposal and different functions to cater for, it is wise
to consider a flexible control system.
For the ultimate
scene-setting device, today’s intelligent light systems allow you to create and
recall pre-set light patterns at the touch of a button. Some systems can now be
controlled via a smart phone, tablet or PC through the home’s WiFi allowing you
to adjust the colour, brightness and type of beam that’s emitted.
How to get the
If buying off
the shelf, always employ a qualified electrician to ensure a safe and
well-fitted installation. For best results, consult an interior designer or a
specialist lighting designer who will have a vast knowledge of the many
fixtures and fittings on offer, and how to get the best out of them. Most kitchen
companies, including high-street brands, offer a professional lighting design
service as part of the installation package.
different types of kitchen lighting
Task lighting refers to the brightest lights, which target the main working
areas such as worktops, cooker and sink.
spots fitted directly above the hob, sink and chopping board will ensure
bright, focused task lighting; make sure you position them as close to the
front edge of the cupboard as possible, otherwise you’ll illuminate the back of
the worktop only.
There are lots
of variations to choose from: Small, compact fluorescents or LED under-cupboard
downlighters are slim enough to be recessed into the bottom of overhead units.
Flexible LED strip lighting mounted on the underside of cupboards is another
option. Or, ceiling-mounted lights, flush-fitted for a streamlined, modern
look, with directional spots and the right beam width to create a focused light
are a practical alternative.
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For wider mood lighting, start by looking at how much natural light comes into
your kitchen, noting the number of windows and the direction in which they
face. If the kitchen is multifunctional with a strong living element, it’s
worth considering ambient illumination such as dimmable wall lights and eyeball
lights (which can be moved around), as well as decorative systems, like shelf
or feature lights.
fixture above the table can be pulled down for a cosy candlelit supper or
raised for everyday meals and other activities. If possible, make sure your
lights are controlled separately so you can create different moods at the flick
of a switch.
To create mood
lighting in relaxing zones, try wall lights and washers, which add a subtle form
of background illumination. For high ceilings, uplighters on top of the kitchen
cabinets will enhance the general light, while reducing the number of
downlights you’ll need.
Another layer to
your scheme can be accent or feature lighting that guides the eye and creates
points of interest around the room – it also adds to the overall light level
when combined with just ambient lighting such as a pendant over a table (see
might consist of lighting on shelving, in cupboards or in niches. Lights built
into the plinth of a central island or a single run of units gives a gentle
wash of light across the floor to make the cabinetry look like it’s floating,
while a run of LED lights under the rim of an island worktop makes this is an
inviting space to be drawn to, especially if there are bar stools here.
can refer to the fitting itself, which makes a statement whether on or off, or
any interesting lighting, such as colour-changing systems, sparkling plinth
lights or in-cupboard illumination, that adds an extra dimension but is not
A series of
beautiful pendant lights or a fabulous single statement piece above a dining
table will help differentiate the dining space from the kitchen’s work zones.
Styles range from old-school, industrial shapes in shiny, on-trend copper, to
striking ceramics in translucent hues.
low over the table for a feeling of intimacy or position them high over kitchen
islands. This not only provides a great source of light, it also adds interest,
breaking up the austere lines of cabinets.
flexibility, try fitting pendants with a dimmer switch. Your island can then
have a double role as a bright area for working, or a place to gather with
friends with softer, low-level lighting.
Don’t underestimate the benefits of natural light in your kitchen. Skylights,
French doors and windows will help flood your kitchen with daylight. This will
then bounce off surfaces, giving you a bright and functional space for your