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5 Key Kitchen Lighting Ideas For 2020

More than any other space in our homes, kitchens are the centre of our everyday life so it’s important to get any renovations right. This includes kitchen lighting. If it’s too bright, too dull, too big or casts a shadow while you’re preparing your meal, it’s going to be more than a little irksome. Read on as we investigate the FAQs of kitchen lighting so you can light up your kitchen with confidence.

 

1. LAYERED LIGHTING IN THE KITCHEN

Designers often recommend a layered lighting scheme in the kitchen. Typically this means a combination of ambient, task, decorative, accent lighting sources. People are in and out of the kitchen all day, so different lighting sources are important. Someone perched at the island bench reading the paper on an overcast morning coffee needs a strategically placed pendant light, while someone preparing dinner at dusk will benefit from a combination of ceiling lights and under-cabinet lighting.

 

 

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2. AMBIENT LIGHTING EXPLAINER

Ambient lighting is all about vibe. We all want that warm, fuzzy and welcoming feel when we enter a room, even in task-centric spaces like the kitchen. Aim for even lighting across your kitchen and install a combination of pendant lights, flush mounts, track lights and pendant lights.

 

 
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3. YOU NEED TASK LIGHTING TOO

When it comes to preparing meals, you need additional light sources to get the job done safely. Pendant lights over an island bench not only look fabulous, but they also help you read recipes and prep meals safely. Track lighting, or under-cabinet lighting as it’s also called, helps illuminate your bench and cooktop area.

 

 

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4. TRENDS IN KITCHEN DECORATIVE LIGHTING

When it comes to decorative lighting in kitchens, for 2020 and beyond it is all about the pendant light. They are gorgeous, on-trend and are here to stay in the world of kitchen lighting. They look fabulous hung in clusters of two or three and provide great task lighting at the same time. When talking installation, pendants should be about 76cm from the centre of the kitchen island, and you need 76-82cm between the benchtop and bottom of the pendant.

 

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5. WARM VS WHITE LIGHT IN THE KITCHEN 

Designers are unanimous; warm white LED light all the way when it comes to the kitchen. They project a light that is warm and welcoming, rather than the stark, hospital-light effect of cool-white LED light. We have a winner!

 

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