Not so long ago, it was pretty common for the kitchens in small houses and apartments to be fitted with one hanging ceiling fixture to supply all the light in the room. This was often an unpleasant arrangement that caused all sorts of unsightly shadows in the room as sunlight progressed throughout the day.
And, unless your stove was right underneath the beam of the kitchen ceiling lighting, cooking dinner at night would always take place in the half dark. These days’ home designers and renovators have many more options when it comes to type and style of fixtures in the kitchen.
Before settling on one type of kitchen lighting scheme over another, take some elements of your kitchen into account, like size, shape, décor color, cabinet placement and color, ceiling height and placement of appliances. These facts will help you decide what the most important areas and appliances to illuminate are, where the more dimly lit areas likely to emerge from, and how negatively color will affect how the lighting is perceived when a person enters the room.
Then, you should also take your personal preferences for the room into account. Do you like everything brightly lit when you’re cooking or cleaning? Or do you prefer a kitchen with an ambiance that you could dine in if you wanted to? These preferences demand different lighting options.
In most new kitchens, it is common for designers and renovators to take a more combined approach to lighting then has been considered in some older home designs. Instead of depending upon a single hanging light source, designers have been turning to a combination of kitchen ceiling lighting fixtures, under cabinet lighting, track lighting, under cabinet lights and directional lights to create warmth and openness in the kitchen without sacrificing properly lit work spaces.
If you are considering an overhaul of your kitchen lighting scheme, you should definitely consider consulting with a professional electrician or lighting specialist to see if they can offer any advice on placement, wiring and style choices.
Many times it takes a different perspective to see all of the potential in a room, and it just may be that your kitchen has the potential to be both a gathering point in your home as well as a room of utility and function, but you just haven’t been able to see it yet. Also, some wiring work can be complicated, and the experienced hand of a professional is always useful.