Kitchens are the center of home activity, with cooking, eating, family gatherings, entertaining and even TV watching all taking place in the space. Removing fluorescent lighting from the ceiling is a major step toward modernizing the kitchen. Once the ceiling is repaired from the old lighting, decide whether additional remodeling should be done before selecting new lighting designs. Call in a professional to install the electrical outlets necessary. Use several types of lighting in a kitchen to cover the various needs of this busy space.
Your counter top and island are work surfaces that demand focused lighting. Select under cabinet lighting to create a pool of light to highlight a space. Place the lighting toward the front of the under base for the best counter coverage. Use decorative pendant lights hanging from the ceiling to light an island. A rack of lights hanging from the ceiling over an island is another idea. Use low voltage bulbs to conserve electricity.
With the advent of halogen light bulbs, the formerly expensive recessed or high-hat lighting has moved into the forefront. Install several high-hats in the perimeter of a kitchen ceiling for overall lighting. If possible, put them on a dimmer switch because the light might be too intense for general lighting.
A kitchen display such as a tile mural or a cabinet of special pieces can be highlighted with spot, or pin lighting. Cabinet lighting or a high-hat beaming down over a particular area of the kitchen gives ample light and focuses attention on the special area.
A kitchen with a chandelier makes a dramatic statement. It makes an elegant addition to a kitchen and complements other lighting choices. It doesn’t serve as task lighting but captures a mood in the dining areas. A chandelier with glass pieces instead of fabric shades is recommended as it is easier to clean. Chandeliers and candelabras are designed in all styles to complement every design choice.
Install decorative sconces in the theme of your kitchen on either side of the kitchen sink. This creates light for a specific task as well as providing night lighting when needed. Designs vary from the old fashioned milk glass globes to highly modernistic designs. If possible, put the sconces on dimmer switches for intensity control.
Toe Kick Lighting
LED lights in a strip are attached to the toe kick under the bottom cabinets for subtle, indirect lighting. This sets a mood for elegant dining and is a good substitute for a night light. The strips can also be placed on top of the cabinets for up lighting.
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