3 Layers of Kitchen Lighting
I’ve been talking a lot lately about designing a kitchen you will love for 30 years. With classic design choices and great lighting, I believe this is possible. To speak to the lighting aspect of your kitchen design I asked Brad Lindsay, with LED Kitchen Lights, to give you some tips for achieving great kitchen lighting.
There is A LOT to cover when it comes to kitchen lighting, but we’ll begin with Brad’s tips for designing 3 layers of lighting in your kitchen. These same 3 layers of light are what I suggest using throughout your home too. Of course, I had to add a few pretty pictures of lighting you can use in your kitchen.
Lighting is typically designed in 3 layers:
1. The first layer provides an area with general illumination, also known as ambient lighting. This layer allows you to see and walk about the area safely. This is also the primary source of task lighting.
The ideal placement is to place the down lights approximately 27-30″ from the wall. This allows the light to penetrate the wall cabinets when they are opened. General illumination for kitchens is around 40-50 footcandles. Keep in mind the color of the light should be 2700-3000K to give the warm cozy feel. Be sure to accent the general/ambient lighting with task lighting, as down lights create shadows around your cabinetry.
2. The second layer is task lighting, that allows you to perform specific tasks. This is considered one of the best DIY (Do It Yourself) kitchen ideas. The most common tasks in the kitchen are preparing and cooking food. Task lighting should be free of distracting glare and shadows and bright enough to prevent eye strain.
3. The third layer is accent lighting. This adds a dramatic appeal to a room by highlighting items on the wall. The most common items to light are paintings, sculptures, houseplants, or any other prized possessions. These are usually lit by recessed and track lighting. These items typically need to be lit brighter than general illumination by a 3:1 ratio. Accenting your floors with toekick lighting can create an addition level of safety for your family or your guests especially at night.
I have much more to share from Brad in the future, but this will get you thinking about your kitchen lighting in a new way and may be a great tool if you are beginning a kitchen renovation or remodeling project soon.