Do not have enough natural light in your kitchen? Do you feel a strain in your eyes while preparing meals? These are some of the most common problems faced by people with improperly lit kitchens. The kitchen space is the hub of any household. Most people spend hours cooking three delicious meals meals for friends and family. However, the importance of proper lighting for such a space is often overlooked.
Many interior designers and architects generally suggest installing several recessed lights for kitchen ceilings to solve all the lighting questions. However, this is a mistake. The kitchen space needs a unique lighting solution to give it a warm and inviting aura. After all, it is here that the health of your family is put together.
It is important to be aware that every place needs a combination of three kinds of lighting, i.e. ambient, task, and accent lighting. Ambient lighting is the main source of light — whether in addition to natural light or to fill in for lack of it. It will help you to navigate through the kitchen. Task lighting is lighting designed to exclusively illuminate the task areas such as work surfaces, and cabinets. And, accent lighting helps to accentuate your favorite elements. They also might cross over into ambient and task lighting as well. Here are some ideas by Dillraj L Bhatia, founder, DBEL Studio, to spruce up your kitchen lighting using these three key lighting principles:
– Choosing the wrong size of light fixture: Let a lighting expert help you with the size and the nature of lighting required in the kitchen.
– Installing a single source of light: This will create dark shadows in the kitchen, making it difficult to function for a long time.
– Poor lighting in small areas: Your grocery storage area might need better lighting to help you navigate through space. Make sure adequate lighting is put up in smaller areas.
– Ignoring the role of dimmers: Dimmers help to control the intensity of light, taking care of heat emission and your electricity bill. Do not ignore their usage.