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The Lights in Your Kitchen Offers More Than Just Illumination In Space
by Guest on Jan 12, 2010
In most homes, the lighting in the kitchen is fairly inadequate, which usually consists of one fixture in the middle of the ceiling. If the family is lucky, then there might also be an additional fixture to shed extra light over the kitchen or other work area. But, for the most part, the light, as well as any lighting accessories in most kitchens, leaves a lot to be desired and most homes could stand to have a makeover done to improve the safety and functionality of the room.
Not only is it important to have proper task lighting in the kitchen, but as people are leaning towards doing more and more entertaining, it becomes a more integral part of the home, although it is also important to include lighting fixtures that will make the kitchen more inviting. Give your kitchen area a warm and welcoming feeling with the addition of proper lighting, which can add a great deal of ambiance and can even enhance a meal.
Undertaking the light planning for a kitchen is something that is not simple and should not be taken lightly. Kitchen lighting requires a broad knowledge and understanding of various types of light fixtures, as well as their proper placement and integration with other kitchen appliances and other light sources.
The more that the consumer and homeowner knows about the various types of track lighting, recessed lights, task lighting chandeliers and the bulbs, electrical and wiring requirements, the better they will be able to deal with the professional hired to complete the project. Typically, this would be an electrician, an interior designer, a design professional, or a salesperson at the your local home lighting store.
The more the homeowner is familiar with the terminology, as well as the many options available, the better they will communicate their needs and wishes to the professional, and getting the end result they want.
One thing to keep in mind while designing a lighting plan for a kitchen is the natural sunlight that will be available. Natural light is, of course, a wonderful free source and it adds an element that is difficult to replicate with even the best of indoor, artificial lighting fixtures.
However, because natural light is rather unreliable, especially in climates with short winter days and extreme weather changes, it is important to take into account the natural light available while still making sure there is sufficient task lighting when the natural light fades.
The light sources for kitchen lighting typically fall into three different categories: incandescent, fluorescent and halogen. Each of these varieties of fixtures has its own unique properties that also provide unique benefits. It is always a good idea to discuss kitchen lighting with a professional who has a good background and experience in designing such schemes for kitchens.
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