How to Select Your Kitchen Lighting
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Where do you start?
Your kitchen is the heart of your home. It is the place where you prepare and cook your meals that will create memories to last a lifetime whether it’s for you, your friends or your family. It is where the baking happens to celebrate milestones. It tends to be where people naturally gather when you are hosting. A lot of things happen in the kitchen. It can also function as a home office – perhaps you have one off to the side or a simple set up on the kitchen island. The kitchen is a very important place to any home- big or small. There are so many moving parts in the kitchen and so many key design concepts. We can funnel all of those into efficiency, design, and style. But how do you determine what ceiling fan is right for your room? The size? The fan blades? What if I have a sloped ceiling? This guide will help you figure how to find a ceiling fan that will work perfectly for your space.
Are you remodeling or in the middle of a new build?
Are your renovating? Where do you begin?
Having trouble defining your style and narrowing down what you want your kitchen to look and feel like? Book a consultation with our lighting specialists to guide you! Bring plans, drawings, and/or pictures from Pinterest with your inspiration and let us nourish those ideas to life. Or come down into our showroom to gather some more inspiration.
What kinds of light do I need
in my KITCHEN
There are three main form of lighting within a home: ambient (general) lighting, accent lighting, and task lighting. The kitchen actually requires ambient and task, and the third layer, accent lighting, puts your kitchen into the next level. Basic lighting meets a need. Beautiful lighting creates a mood and evokes a feeling.
Ambient lighting provides a consistent and even layer of light throughout the space. Think recessed lighting or flush mount lights. These are your main sources of light. Looks wise, they may seem basic, but the truth is that you have SO many options with this. If you are remodeling, but not able to remove existing housing, you have your basic retrofits which will give you incredible lighting and a cosmetic upgrade. Or depending on the extent of your renovation or new build, you can have complete SMART home lighting which gives you the bright white light needed for tasks in your kitchen, as well as giving you the soft, warm feel of incandescent lights.
Your task lighting provides the sufficient lighting to “complete tasks.” There are four main tasks that are completed in the kitchen: food preparation, general tasks (cleaning), reading (cook books), and social tasks (entertaining). These are the 4 main reasons for proper lighting for your kitchen. These are your kitchen pendants over your island and your sink. This can also be under-cabinet lighting if you do not have a kitchen island Think of cutting vegetables or cooking on the stove. If you do not have a properly lit kitchen you are susceptible to a lot of avoidable mistakes and hazards. A poorly lit kitchen leaves you open to cutting yourself with a sharp kitchen knife, or burning yourself on the stove. Not only that, it is also very hard on your eyes.
Accent Lighting completes your kitchen. It is the cherry on top and takes your standard kitchen and pushes it to feel like a high-end, luxurious feel regardless of the size. Size doesn’t dictate luxury. Function and great design create luxury. It’s all in the details. These would be the lighting that is hidden but gives your kitchen that beautiful glow and the end of the day when you’re winding down before bed or having a romantic night in.BOOK A CONSULTATION
How do I determine
how BRIGHT I need my kitchen to be?
How many lumens does my kitchen need?
For higher ceilings, as long as you have the minimum height for clearance, aesthetics can come into play. Although if you hang it too high, the fan will have to work harder to push the air down and the air efficiency becomes weaker.Your kitchen requires a minimum of 3,000-4,000 lumens.
Generally, your rule of thumb is:
Kitchen (general) 30-40 foot candles x the square footage in your home
Kitchen Stove 70-80 foot candles x the square footage in your home
Kitchen Sink 70-80 foot candles x the square footage in your home
However, there are other factors that may increase/decrease this. Are your ceilings greater than 8 feet? Do you have an open concept floor plan? How much natural light do you have? This is why it is best to consult an expert to help guide you through this decision-making process.BOOK A CONSULTATION
Should I consider
Yes! Another overlooked but vital detail in lighting design are your lighting controls. These are actually just as important as picking the right light! Not all dimmers or sensor lights are compatible with LED light bulbs or integrated LED fixtures. Check out our Lighting Control Guide to get ideas and inspiration. For the kitchen, we recommend dimmers (for accent lighting and general lighting), sensor switches for pantries (auto on/auto off or manual on/auto off) and even wave switches for when your hands are immersed in an at home top chef moment.BOOK A CONSULTATION