Tricks to Successful Kitchen Lighting
August 28th, 2013
Figuring out the perfect amount of light for your kitchen can feel like a huge task…but it’s not!
We’re here to help you reach the perfect amount of lighting for YOUR kitchen.
1. Crunch the numbers:
Start by finding your kitchen’s square footage (length multiplied by width). A kitchen that is 12 feet wide by 18 feet long covers 216 square feet. Next, multiply the square footage by 1.5 to figure out the wattage needed to properly illuminate the room (216 x 1.5 = 324 watts). This number is now your guideline for the number of watts needed to light your entire space. This includes overhead lighting, task lighting, accent lighting and ambient lighting.
2. Layer the lighting:
*Ambient lighting: This provides an overall lighting that creates a warm glow and softens shadows. To achieve this you can use a ceiling fixture or lights placed above upper cabinets.
*Task lighting: This illuminates workspaces and can be created with lighting under upper cabinets.
*Accent lighting: This is a great way to add depth to your space. You can use adjustable recessed fixtures or lighting inside of glass-front cabinets.
3. Take control:
Dimmers are very important in a kitchen space. This will allow you the flexibility to adjust lighting to the task at hand- full lighting during food preparation and a softer one for early mornings or after dinner.
4. Be GREEN:
You can have a fabulously lit kitchen while saving the world one light bulb at a time! Regardless of what you decide to use (fluorescents, compact fluorescents, LED, or halogen) look for the Energy Star label when shopping for fixtures.