Your kitchen has always been one of the most important rooms in your home, and these days with families rarely gathering around the table to eat, it’s become even more important. But when was the last time you actually thought about your kitchen lights?
Your kitchen is the hub of the home where the family can gather to plan their days, and later review their triumphs and tragedies. A place where friends can gather around for weekend dinner parties with a glass or two of wine. That’s why it’s crucial that your kitchen lights match everyone’s moods, and be both practical and beautiful.
If you’re thinking about replacing or upgrading your kitchen lights, you’ll need to engage a qualified Home Electrician such as Hit The Switch. This is why are a proud to present this article about how you can – and should – replace or upgrade your kitchen lights.
There are two mistakes people make when they decide to replace their old kitchen lights or upgrade their old oyster lights and fluoros…
The first mistake is they install recessed downlights literally everywhere. Just because contemporary downlights are relatively inexpensive, doesn’t mean your kitchen should be lit up like an operating theatre.
They are called “spot” lights for a reason – if all the spots converge, you’ve got one massive light, and no light and shade.
Having said that, kitchens do require a higher level of brightness than most other rooms in your home, so you may need a few more lights or brighter lights than you’d use in other rooms of the same size.
The second mistake is fitting lots of moody decorative lights and forgetting all about task lights. Let’s face it, a lot of long hard work takes place in a family kitchen and if the lighting isn’t right, you can suffer from eye strain or, worse still, do yourself an injury with a sharp implement or hot saucepan.
How much task lighting you need depends on the size and shape of the kitchen and the number & layout of the general lights you have.
You should have good task lighting under cabinets, above the stove and cutting benches, over the island and the sink; unlike other lighting there is no need to align task lights in a pattern.
If possible/feasible, Hit The Switch recommends putting the tasks lights on a separate switch.
Ideally, your kitchen lights should be a mix of both mood lighting and task lighting. If you are on a budget, replace the overhead ceiling lighting with some strategically placed dimmable downlights.
In a small kitchen these should provide enough light to allow you to perform all your preparation and cooking tasks, and the fact that they can be dimmed will provide a softer light – perfect for today’s open plan living.
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