Kitchen Lighting Plan
Who doesn’t love a kitchen with great lighting? As a homeowner, you may primarily think about the decorative lighting applications when you plan a kitchen remodel. Pendants and chandeliers are really pretty and are a big part of creating the mood in a kitchen. However, the vast majority of the light in a kitchen does not come from the decorative lighting.
If you are planning a kitchen remodel you will want to consider all of the options out there for your kitchen lighting plan! In this post, I’m going to review 3 of my top tips for kitchen lighting design!
Kitchen Lighting Plan Tip 1: LEDs For All Fixtures
LED light fixtures are the way to go! You may think of LED lights as being blue in color, but LED technology has come a long way. The LED lights that are available now come in many different colors, including a few that look like old school incandescent bulbs.
Advantages of LED
One of the main advantages of LED lights is their long life. An LED bulb can last 11 years or longer, even when used frequently. That means it will be a long time before you have to change the lights or hire someone to change lights for you.
Another advantage is that LED come in many forms, not just bulbs. One of my favorite LED options is LED tape, which can be used to provide unique kitchen lighting solutions. This can include under cabinet lighting, toe kick lighting, and in-cabinet lighting.
LEDs use less energy. While they are more of an investment up front, LEDs last longer and use less energy, therefore they are a cost savings in the long term.
LED Fixtures & LED Bulbs
One important thing to do is pair LED bulbs with LED fixtures. If you go to any online or brick and mortar lighting retailer, you will note that they offer some of the same fixtures in LED and non-LED. If you intend on implementing LED lighting as part of your kitchen lighting plan, you will want to buy the LED fixture.
LED fixtures will ensure that you get the best life out of your bulb. Often, the fixtures cost 10-15% more, but they come with LED bulbs. That means that once the lighting fixture is installed, you won’t have to change bulbs for a very long time. See the video below for hints and tips on LED kitchen lighting.
Tip 2: Cabinetry and Lighting
The one area that a lot of people miss in their kitchen lighting plan is cabinet lighting. As I mentioned above you can use LED tape to create lighting in and around your cabinets. In the video below I go into detail and share some great images of kitchen cabinet lighting.
Tip 3: Recessed Lighting Placement
Finally, when you are planning your kitchen remodel, you will want to work with an electrician who understands the correct placement of your recessed lighting. Recessed lighting will provide most of the ambient and task lighting in your kitchen. If not placed properly, the lights can create shadows that will make it difficult to see your work surfaces.
The opposite is also true. Improperly placed recessed lighting can create a glare on shiny counter surfaces, making your work surfaces difficult to focus on. You always want to pair your kitchen lighting with non-glare surfaces. Watch the video below to get more tips on recessed lighting placement.
Kitchen lighting plans are without a doubt one of the best places to invest in your kitchen remodeling project! Upgrading your kitchen lighting can also be a great stand-alone project. So if you don’t need a full kitchen remodel, but you are finding that the lighting is inadequate, you can simply upgrade!
Great kitchen lighting will enhance the comfort and function of your kitchen!
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