How to Choose Lighting Fixtures for Your Kitchen Remodel
Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 10:43
Written by bkshowplace
Monday, 21 July 2014 10:43
A lot of people overlook lighting when doing a kitchen remodel, but it is actually one of the most important design elements. Not only does lighting have a functional purpose, but it can help create mood, highlight features, and make a space seem bigger or more intimate. Here are some tips to help you choose lighting fixtures for your kitchen remodel.
Know Your Types of Lighting
There is no single light fixture which can meet all of your needs. Rather, you need to break up your lighting needs by type.
- Task Lighting: These fixtures will illuminate work spaces, such as above the kitchen sink or cutting areas.
- Ambient Lighting: This is general lighting which provides an overall illumination of the space. Examples of ambient lighting include chandeliers and ceiling fixtures.
- Accent Lighting: Accent lighting fixtures is used to draw your attention to a decorative element in the room, such as a backsplash. It will be brighter than the ambient lighting but more focused on a specific spot. Examples of accent lighting include track lights.
Is Functionality or Design More Important?
Some lights are designed for functionality and to produce optimal lighting – such as adjustable track lighting. These lights aren’t always the most attractive options though. If you want your lighting to make a statement, then look for decorative lighting fixtures such as unique chandeliers or wall sconces.
Pay Attention to How Low the Light Will Hang
If your ambient light fixtures hang too low, they will get in the way and might not provide good illumination. If they are hung too high, you will have drastic differences in illumination throughout the kitchen. As a general rule, light fixtures hung over the kitchen table should have at least 30 inches of clearance from the table.
Also Pay Attention to Where the Light Will Hit
Some lights are designed to cast light upwards, which can make a space seem larger. Others aim the light downward, which may make a space seem smaller but add intimacy. In the kitchen, you might want your main ceiling ambient lighting to hit the ceiling, but use another fixture over the dining table which casts light downwards.