In the majority of American homes, the kitchen is not only a
place for preparing food. It is also the center of activity for
many other reasons. The humble kitchen table is a place where family members gather, where visiting friends gather to have a cup of tea or coffee and converse.
Given the importance of the kitchen and subsequent kitchen table, it is no surprise that many home owners go to great lengths to make the kitchen as comfortable as possible. One way of achieving this is to address the lighting of the kitchen itself.
There are many ways of using lights to our benefit
Two kinds of lighting are predominately installed in our kitchen:-
Functional lights –
Functional kitchen lighting – fluorescent overhead lighting is a necessity in any kitchen, in order for a person to see clearly whilst preparing and cooking the evening meal being just one of many valid reasons.
Mood lighting –
Mood lights are just what their name implies and they are a great innovation that can be utilized in many rooms with great individual effect. In the kitchen mood lights can be strategically placed directional lights that create an atmosphere or a mood, by highlighting specific features to enhance the kitchen for the people either staying in or working in or around the kitchen.
Without mood lights, a kitchen that contains the most elegant of decors and strategically placed elegant features will look amazing and is sure to be a talking point amongst guests.
Kitchen lighting improvement involves the installation of lights on top of counters or atop an island bench where they are utilized the most. Some homeowners even have lights installed under bench tops to enhance the beauty of the timber and ornate handle fixtures.
Don’t forget to incorporate natural lighting into your kitchen decor. The natural light of the sun can also be utilized to great effect in the kitchen by way of a skylight that is strategically placed, through windows and through doors. Bear in mind, how old world charm can be infused into your kitchen by the installation of lead-light doors and windows. Also, the use of internal glass doors or mirrors can also accentuate the effect of light. Utilize the natural light that the sun can afford you.
Before initiating any home improvement, including lighting, it is necessary for a home owner to take note of some valuable advice. Kitchen lights should be installed and directed into three distinct places. These places are the sink, the oven and the top of your counter or bench top. Lights that are installed under the kitchen cabinets to enhance the beauty of the timber and ornate handle fixtures. A home owner can choose from three types of under-cabinet lighting should he/she wish and all three styles of lighting can be utilized to great effect. Apart from the other two sources of light, there is also light emitting diodes (LEDs). All manner of lights and light fittings are widely available in kitchen improvement stores and home centers. Utilizing all three types of lighting available can create the ideal lighting for your kitchen.
With the array of lights installed within one’s kitchen, it is important to be responsible consumer and thus improvise a way to save on the consumption of energy – electricity. The installation of a sensor that detects movement an ideal way to save on the consumption of lighting energy. Through ultrasonic sensors that can detect sounds, and sensors that contain infrared lighting that can detect movement, this device automatically turns on the kitchen lights. It has an added advantage in that it triggers the turning off of all kitchen lights if both sensors no longer detect any sound or motion.
Isn’t amazing how far we have come from the yellowy dim light afforded as by incandescent lights of years past. Consult lighting experts from many of the home improvement stores available for their ideas and tips with lights and lighting used within the kitchen and elsewhere throughout your home. And, don’t forget to consult using the internet. The internet is always a useful tool when considering any home improvements.