Determining the amount of light you need for a particular space can be quite complicated and depends on several factors. The purpose of the room, if it is residential, for work, for an exhibition. The type and layout of furniture, interior colours are some of the factors that directly influence the choice of lighting type and the determination of the amount of light required. When planning to bring in something new and to refine the space we live in, and lighting plays an important role. Therefore, it is essential to pay attention to the lighting in each room. Light can completely change the appearance of the interior of our home. Depending on your needs and purposes, you will choose the right lighting. Most often, choices are halogen lights, fluorescent lamps, LED lighting or something similar.
Classic lighting – incandescent lightbulbs are the most widespread and most familiar type of lighting to most of us. These bulbs are widely used and produced in different designs and shapes. Usability of ordinary bulbs is relatively small, only 5-10% and all remaining energy are converted to the heat. It gives solid light, and as bulbs are very cheap and available in almost all stores, they are the most used type of lighting in all households. The estimated service life is 1,000 working hours.
Halogen lighting is an increasingly popular type of lighting today. Unlike conventional lighting, this type gives a more natural light with less power consumption. Due to the smaller size of the bulb, it also offers more freedom in designing the space. It is excellent choices for illuminating the bathroom, around the mirrors, showers, working areas and in the kitchen or on desks.
Fluorescent lighting is the most widespread type of lighting in the industry as well as in many households. Inside a glass balloon, light is generated by emission in mercury vapour, creating UV radiation which, in turn, is transformed into light by the phosphorus coated inside the balloon. They are manufactured in three standard shapes, round, straight (tubes) and U-shaped. The estimated life span of these lamps is 8,000 operating hours. Lighting like this is very common in kitchens.
LED lighting has been a science fiction until recently, but today it is frequently used to illuminate our homes. Light without colour and odour provides perfect illumination of the space. It consumes very little electricity, and unlike other types of bulbs has minimal heating, no UV radiation, has a small and compact shape and an incredibly long life of 100,000 hours.
After we made some fundamental difference between lighting types, we will focus on what type you have in the kitchen. As stated above, many people use fluorescent lighting in their kitchens. Since this type of light is more recommended for industrial purposes, in halls, for example, it will make your kitchen look very unnatural. Fluorescent lighting is not suitable for our health, more specifically for our eyesight, so it would be a good idea to make the best possible decision and replace it with a better option. That lighting must be functional.
Before you start planning the type of new lighting, you need to make a plan so you can make the best possible decision. Ask yourself questions such as how much time you spend in the kitchen, whether your kitchen is also a dining room, whether it is only for cooking, whether you have coffee with friends in the kitchen, do you often have guests coming for dinner and the like. The answers to these questions will indicate the frequency of this room.
Depending on the size of the room, decide whether to insert a combination of different lighting or just one type. Our advice is to add LED lighting instead of the backlight that has been florescent so far. If your kitchen is huge, we recommend a combination of lighting. Some lights can be on the floor, some on the wall and some on the ceiling, for example.
- Instead of fluorescent light on your ceiling, you can choose flush mount kitchen lighting, or LEDs arranged on the ceiling to illuminate the entire room.
- When it comes to the cooking zone, LEDs are a perfect choice. While cooking plenty of light is of the absolute importance, its correct colour temperature means that lighting should not impair the colour of the product you are preparing.
- Most of us have kitchen cabinets in our kitchens, and there is an over-selection of dishes, glasses, food and spices. It often happens that we cannot find what we need at that moment. Interior lighting of kitchen cabinets would solve this problem. If the cabinet is high or the distance between the shelves is large, you can choose furniture lamps with halogen lights. If the cabinet is small or there are glass shelves, you can select overhead reflectors with LED.
- A kitchen island is a piece of furniture that has different roles, each requiring special lighting. Since we often prepare and cut food at the place, it must be well lit so that we do not get injured. Halogens or LEDs will help.
- The lighting above the sink is crucial. Given that some things like knives, cast iron dishes cannot be washed in a dishwasher, it is very important that while washing them we have good lighting.
- No matter the size of your pantry, you should have proper light. If it is a separate room with doors, you can install lights with a motion sensor. If your pantry is just an ample space (or cabinet), set the lights to the side to illuminate all the shelves. LED lights will give you the necessary visibility.
- The dining table itself must be well lit. Ceiling lamps in some beautiful design that blend in with the design of the entire kitchen will completely refresh your kitchen. To keep the lighting as natural as possible, we recommend halogen bulbs.
Long life and high efficiency are the main advantages of LED lamps over others. Although they are a little more expensive in the beginning, LED lights are much more cost-effective in the long run compared to other outdated types of lighting. Lighting is one way to make your kitchen feel cosy.