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Kitchen Lighting Picture

If your kitchen is small, with no room for relaxing or socialising, then the most important aspect of your lighting scheme will be task lighting. LED lamps could almost have been made for functional kitchens. Use LED downlights beneath wall cupboards to light the work surface, when combined with ceiling fitted directional spots you should have all the task lighting you need. Halogen spots are ideal for this and they can, should you wish, be the low voltage variety that work from a 12 volt transformer.

If you are lucky enough to have a large family kitchen, you will still need task lighting, but you will also need softer, ambient light for reading, relaxing, and socialising. Once again, halogen spots will provide this light for you. You could also introduce some accent lighting in the form of LED ribbons or strips beneath floor cupboards or above wall cupboards, where they will provide a gentle wash of light on the walls and ceiling.

In summary, whether you prefer LED kitchen lighting or halogen kitchen lighting, both are ideal for task lighting and ambient lighting. For accent lighting, you can create some stunning effects with LED lights.

Designer LED Lighting for your Kitchen!

Have you ever wondered how they achieve those kitchen lighting effects in the glossy magazines? It’s quite simple really, they use LEDs! LED lights have come on a long way since the old days. Available in a variety of colours and styles, you really can’t go wrong with LED kitchen lighting, which is why interior designers just love it.

LED lights can be soft and unobtrusive or, by using high power LED lighting, you can achieve real super-brightness. LEDs have a different character but they are every bit as good as halogen kitchen lighting.

In the kitchen, LED lamps are ideal for task lighting, whether used as spots wall cabinets, or as ceiling downlights; this is because LEDs are able to ‘pinpoint’ much better than traditional fluorescent strips or incandescent bulbs. For a designer flourish, you can use LED ribbons and strips, or strategically placed clusters of LED lamps.

LED kitchen lighting is efficient too, the lamps last much longer than incandescent bulbs and they don’t fail suddenly; instead they tend to fade gradually at the end of their useful life. You can also run LED lamps using a wired in 12 volt transformer, so LED lights can be considerably safer than standard lighting too, as well as very energy efficient.

Halogen Kitchen Lighting: Brilliant!

Kitchen lighting needs to be highly focused and functional; both of these terms could describe halogen lights.

Despite their functionality, however, halogen lights also provide good ambient light when used as recessed or flush ceiling lights. And you can make holes in your ceiling with impunity, once your kitchen layout is in place it is unlikely to change for decades! Do ensure that your halogen lamps bear the BS476 parts 21 or 22 Kitemark though.

As far as ambient light is concerned, you can make this more controllable by installing dimmer units. The clean uncluttered look of halogen lamps look absolutely stunning and, for a designer look, you could install LED kitchen lighting, either as under cupboard task lighting or as accent lighting, say beneath your floor standing cabinets.

Halogen lamps are produced in both mains voltage and low voltage versions. The low voltage halogen lamps will require a wired in 12 volt transformer but they are superbly energy efficient and very safe..

The cool, crisp white light produced by halogen lamps is ideal for all work spaces, particularly the kitchen. It is, in fact, the artificial light that is closest to daylight.

By Duncan Munday

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