Lighting is an important part of your kitchen plan and design. The kitchen is one of the liveliest rooms in the modern home. With day-to-day traffic, preparing family dinners and use as a gathering spot, kitchen lighting needs to be both functional and flexible. Because of this, you’ll need various types of quality kitchen lighting to create a comfortable space.
Kichler Lighting offers a distinctive array of lighting solutions that reflect your individual personality, tastes and plans. They believe that lighting should exceed functionality and transform your spaces into stunning, inspiring settings. Lighting that energizes, as well as enhances your life.
A well designed kitchen employs three layers of light. Ambient or general light for the base. Accent lighting to add interest and depth. And task lighting to illuminate areas where chores often take place.
Ambient, or general, lighting is the most basic of the four types. It provides an area with overall illumination – a comfortable level of brightness without glare. Ambient lighting can be accomplished with chandeliers, ceiling or wall-mount fixtures, track or recessed lights, and even table and floor lamps. Having a central source of ambient light in all rooms is fundamental to a good lighting plan. It’s the base upon which you add all other layers of lighting.
Accent, or directional, lighting is typically used to highlight certain objects or architectural features, such houseplants, paintings, sculptures, a decorative range hood or carved cabinet doors. It should always be about three times the general illumination level. Accent lighting should never be the focal point. In fact, it’s meant to work without being seen. Accent lighting can be provided by recessed and track lighting, chandeliers with dimmer switches, over- and undercabinet lighting, and wall sconces.
Task lighting adds brightness to areas of a room where daily activities – like reading, studying, cooking or applying makeup – are performed. To enhance visual clarity and prevent eyestrain, effective task lighting should be free of distracting glare and shadows. It can be achieved by recessed and track lighting, pendant lighting, and undercabinet lighting, as well as vanity lights and floor, table, and desk lamps.
Lighting itself can be a work of art. With today’s many choices in glass, fabric, finishes and profiles, decorative lighting has a style all its own and can lend that style to your room. In fact, you can change the whole feel of a space – from modern to classic – just by adding this decorative touch. Keep in mind, however, that decorative lighting should be used along with other lighting types for improved functionality.
Kichler Lighting offers so much more than just distinctively beautiful lighting. They also backed each style with award-winning craftsmanship, unparalleled quality and superior service. Kichler brings you an unparalleled variety of exciting style families, unique finishes, fresh colors and unequaled quality.
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