Bright ideas for kitchen lighting

"A great lighting scheme is designed in a series of layers" Leading lighting developer Sensio offers you their top tips on kitchen lighting design...

Lighting is probably one of the most important factors to consider when planning your kitchen. It's more than just about brightening your room, by layering your lighting scheme you can create essential task lighting without compromising on the ability to produce a subtle ambience. General kitchen lighting should be located over walkways, prep areas, sink and cooker tops. Having a dimmable function or isolating lights means you can create zones especially useful if your kitchen is open plan.

We spoke to expert lighting developers, Sensio, and they gave us their four top tips for getting your kitchen lighting right.

1. Colour temperature: The LED colour you choose for your kitchen can have a huge impact. Warm white LEDs emit a warm and comforting yellow glow and compliment traditional style kitchens featuring wood surfaces and muted worktops perfectly. Cool white LEDs are more suited to contemporary/modern kitchen styles. They give a modern effect with the light bouncing off gloss and contemporary surfaces to create a stunning effect. 

2. Task lighting. This is an essential element of any lighting scheme and does exactly what the name suggests. It is perfectly positioned to ensure the kitchen is an efficient working space and provides the best illumination for everyday tasks such as food preparation. Typically kitchen task lighting is positioned under wall units to illuminate the worktop, giving light exactly where it is needed. 

3. Mood lighting is used to add dimension and depth to the room in order to create atmosphere and ambience. Consider lighting along the plinth, up lighting wall units or lighting the underside of a worktop or lighting the internal of glass fronted cabinets. This is often the most overlooked element of a lighting scheme but it really does have the biggest impact and is great for when the kitchen is used as a social space. If you want to add some fun, this is the place to do it. Colour changing LEDs are a fantastic way to make a statement in your kitchen and create a party mood for entertaining.

4. Convenience lighting. This lighting illuminates cupboards, wardrobes and drawers when they are opened for the ultimate ease of use. Integrated PIR sensors in light fittings are great as they activate the light as the door is opened and deactivate it when the door closes. This is a beautiful yet practical extra that is sure to add a level of luxury to your kitchen design. 

We would advise that you should start planning your kitchen lighting at the concept stage of your development. Your builder and kitchen designer will need to know your preferences at this early stage to ensure all the fixtures are in place to make it work.

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Bright ideas for kitchen lighting