From Dean Dowd on April 23, 2008 in Kitchen Remodel
The kitchen has surpassed the family room as the number one gathering place for friends and family. Because of this, it has become a major selling feature when marketing your home. Although it may not get as much attention as cabinetry and countertopping, your lighting within the kitchen is really the key element that ties everything together.
Natural lighting. The first area we are going to look at is making the most of whatever natural lighting you have at your disposal. In actuality, this is the lighting you will be using the most; and with rising energy costs, you dont want to be using artificial lighting any more than necessary. A large picture window highlighted as a bay window or with a window seat can add a touch of cozy class. A garden window over the sink provides a great place to grow your favorite herbs or house plants. If you dont have enough wall space for a large window, a skylight or solar tube can be another way to draw in natural lighting.
Overhead lighting. Before the wide usage of recessed or task lighting, overhead lighting was pretty much the only form of artificial lighting available in most kitchens. Typically, these lights were some form of florescent lighting; and until recent years, there really wasnt a wide selection of designs or styles available to choose from. Now, overhead lighting options are abundant. Instead of the main lighting source, they tend to be used more as an accent, or an occasional form of lighting. Florescent or halogen lights are still commonly used for these fixtures, but there are many more design options to choose from.
Recessed lighting. Very popular right now, recessed lighting can be used in both traditional and contemporary kitchens. These attractive lights can be used as the primary light source, or as task lighting. Use above cabinets for highlighted display shelves, below cabinets for direct lighting, and wherever you could possibly imagine needing lighting. Gone are the days of dark working space, recessed lighting is an inexpensive way to prioritize your lighting.
Pendant lighting. Pendant lights are a form of a chandelier, but typically smaller and less obtrusive. These lights are great for adding a splash of decoration to a breakfast nook, wet bar, or island area. Very popular of late, there is a vast selection to choose from, meeting everyones needs.
Combined lighting. Add ambiance and definition to your kitchen by utilizing a combination of lighting. Design an open theme that capitalizes on natural lighting, add recessed lighting for task lighting, use pendants for decorative accents, and era-specific chandeliers for added style. Throw in a couple of wall sconces for added effect.
If you are in the midst of a kitchen remodel or are just beginning, request free-estimates today from professional electrical contractors in your area.