Ambient Lighting (Pendant Lighting/LED Spotlights)
Ambient lighting is used to illuminate a whole room and should aim to provide a comfortable level of brightness without glare. Think of it as the base on which you should layer all other forms of light.
Task Lighting (under Counter Lighting/Plinth Lighting/In Cabinet Lighting)
Ideal for areas where you’ll be doing detailed tasks, such as food preparation, task lighting provides a localised light source, illuminating a targeted area to help you see clearly. This can be achieved through spotlights & LED Flexible strip lighting, all controllable via remote or your mobile phone. Colour changing & temperature options can offer different moods designed to make the area you’re working safer and more practical.
Accent lighting is used to highlight a specific design or feature, such as a piece of art or a mirror. As a rule, it could be around three times brighter than the general illumination level and rather than being the focal point, it should work without being seen. Decorative Lighting provides a statement design feature, either from the fixing itself or the lighting it emits. Now we’ve examined the different types of lighting, lets take a look at the things you need to think about when planning your lighting scheme.
Your kitchen is a very diverse environment
One of the first things to consider is how much natural light your kitchen gets. This will help you gauge how much additional lighting you need. The amount of natural light your room receives will depend on several factors, including the size of your windows, the height of your ceiling and the direction your kitchen faces. (For example, north-facing rooms are likely to see less light, while south and west- facing rooms will be brighter much further into the day.)
Don’t forget to take the change of seasons into account-what might seem like a bright and sunny space during summer could take on a different persona in the colder, darker months. The surfaces you plan on installing will also affect your kitchen’s light levels; light coloured or high-gloss finishes will reflect natural light, making the room look brighter.