How to Choose Lights for your Kitchen

The hearth is the heart of the home may be an old saying, but the meaning of it still rings true.

The kitchen is the busiest room in the house – people cook, eat and socialise in here and always have done.  When you think of a kitchen, the general picture is of clean, practical spaces where mouth-watering smells constantly tempt you into eating that little bit more or staying a little bit longer. Therefore, it is important to make sure you are doing everything to get the full potential out of your kitchen, and choosing the right lighting is a great way of doing this.

Light coloured modern kitchen

Lighting is a factor that is often overlooked in the kitchen, as the sense that generally dominates in this room is smell, but it can really help to add to the overall experience of the room.  Choosing lighting that fits in with your kitchen is extremely important, if you have a traditional farmhouse style kitchen then modern strip lights could look out of place, and likewise if you have a very modern kitchen, traditional light fittings will stand out. Many companies have a wide selection of fittings you can choose from, and it is worth shopping around.

Kitchen with wall stencil

A very popular method of lighting in the kitchen is spotlighting, making sure that every area of the space is lit; you don’t need to be relegated to cook in one area as the rest of the room is too dark. Likewise, if your kitchen is a dining room too, you want your guests to be able to see everything to make sure they fully enjoy the experience. Think about where your dining table or breakfast bar is, and where you generally prepare your food – these are the areas that need to be well lit and are good places to install spotlights. If you’re not using spotlights, it is still worth bearing these placements in mind when considering your lighting. Downlights Direct are experts in this and is worth looking at their website to see the range here.

Almost all kitchens are now fitted with cabinet lighting; they are a great addition to any kitchen as they are both practical and aesthetically pleasing. You can save energy by just lighting the areas that you need, and they add depth to your kitchen, illuminating specific areas and cabinets. Ensure that these lights are fitted where you need them in areas that are frequently used. These fittings come in different finishes and shapes and can be spotlights or strip lights; there is something to cater for every kitchen.

Old fashioned classic kitchen with pendants

Choosing the correct lighting system can be a daunting prospect but it is easy enough to do, and replacing these fittings when needed is easy as well, visit E How for more information about this.

The correct lighting can transform your kitchen, and it is worth taking your time to make it an even more enjoyable place to be.

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