Kitchen lighting 3 pages

8I get great pleasure, in  turning drab kitchens into inspiring work areas.

Pleasant to the eye,  bright but not harsh, we always use dimmers.

.Kitchens today are not just places to cook a meal. It’s the only time we a lot of us see the family. I have made it a must for the last 28 years to at least have supper with my family.

 In most homes, the kitchen functions as the heart of the home. A place where the family gathers, kids do their homework and adults pay the bills. Of all the different thinks I do this gives me the most pleasure. I care more about the work than the money. We come out and give a free estimate. We talk  about what’s new, but also, what you need.

Many kitchens today will incorporate a desk into the layout. It is a room where lighting is extremely important and can add to the beauty of the room as well as its' ambiance and functionality.

A good lighting scheme in a kitchen.

For proper implementation of a kitchen lightning design the four major lighting types.

General lighting to light the space.

Task lighting for specific functions.

Accent lighting to bring out the beauty.

Ambient immediately improve your kitchen look yet this is the most overlooked.

extra lights to create a soft yet warm glow that soften shadows.

For proper implementation of a kitchen lightning design, there are four kinds of lights that you can use.

These are the task, accent, ambient and decorative lighting.

The task lighting focuses on making the kitchen a working one. This is the most appropriate lightning that lets you see your sharp knife as you chop vegetables or lets you read your grandmother’s secret recipe accurately. Task lighting is usually situated between the work surface and the person running the kitchen.

The accent lighting, as its name denotes, accentuates the whole kitchen. It adds dimension and depth to the whole space. Accent lighting is usually low voltage. An example of accent lighting are the fixtures placed inside a glass cabinet to spotlight delicate china, wonderful glassware, and other beautiful pieces that you have.

The third kind of kitchen lighting design is the ambient lighting. This kind of kitchen lighting can immediately improve your kitchen look yet this is the most overlooked. Most people don’t think that they need extra lights to create a soft yet warm glow that soften shadows. But as soon as they realize this, they acknowledge that the ambient lighting creates that homey feel that was missing in their kitchen.

The last type of kitchen lighting design is the decorative lighting.

Decorative lighting adds zest and sparkle to your kitchen. With decorative lighting, make sure not to overdo it. It can make your space look overdone and cluttered.

Any properly situated kitchen light can improve your kitchen’s look. It will get you in the mood to invent and create numerous finger licking meals, perk up your mood, and make you feel even more comfortable and cozy. Try out a specific kitchen lighting design now and watch your kitchen come alive.

What Are Pendant Lights?

Pendant lighting is any kind of lamp or light that hangs from the ceiling, including chandeliers. They are elegant and beautiful, and are useful in that they concentrate light in one spot on a surface. The most common type of pendant light is one light bulb enclosed in a shade made of clear or opaque glass, suspended from the ceiling by a chain or a chain with a tube around it. An electrical cord runs from the light bulb's housing up the chain and into the unit in the ceiling. Pendant lights are popular over kitchen islands, kitchen bars, and hanging over sinks.

Decide how high you want the light to float above the surface of the table, island, or other. This can vary greatly according to your personal taste and the design of your light, but in general, the recommendation is to leave 28 to 34 inches between the bottom of the pendant light and the surface it is hanging above. Start in this range and adjust the height to your own personal tastes.

One important thing to consider is the zoning or switching of the lights.

High hat lighting is often used. What we want to achieve here is to locate the important aspects for lighting. First we have the room for general lighting. Using recessed lights or high hats we can light both the room and concentrate that light on the counter tops for good working light. So let's add some high hat lighting  to the design. By placing the center at about the edge of the counter top you achieve maximum light on counter tops while preventing shadows that would occur if they were too far back. Most times lights can be placed in this manner but occasionally there may be an obstacle such as a ceiling joist in the way. The lights over the island can be pendants or high hats. I would have 3 zones switched. One would be the lights over perimeter counter tops. Another would be the three over the island and the sink light on a switch by itself. Dimmers on all switches would provide the most flexibility in lighting the room.

 Now let's add some under cabinet lighting.

Under cabinet lighting adds to the design. This is the task lighting for the kitchen and is also accent lighting. It can really bring out a tile back splash. Depending on the type of light used, these can be switched as a group or they can have switches on the fixtures themselves, or both. If it is within budget, it is best to try and cover all parts of the counter with this type of light.

The first and most important tip is that lighting can make or break a room. It can provide atmosphere, set a mood and accent a style. Lighting can bring out the best qualities in a room while hiding those that are not attractive. A stunning tile floor or a beautiful painting loses all of its' luster when it's in the dark.



Briggs Electrical Service


 Lighting Design

Phone number (704) 847-5737

Fax number     (704) 972-0532

500 East Matthews Street

Matthews, NC  28105



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