Kitchen Lighting is the deliberate use of lighting which could be general, task or accent, as well as natural illumination by capturing daylight in a place or room used for cooking and food preparation in a house or in a commercial establishment.
A well-lit kitchen is a must, given the room’s many uses. But beyond improving the overall visibility of the decor, proper lighting makes it quicker and easier to stow or retrieve items in cabinets high or low, it allows you to slice and dice with greater safety and precision, and can even make a space-starved kitchen look and feel larger.
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What are the different types of lighting? What is task lighting? How to create accent lighting? What else is available besides ambient lighting? With so many different types of lighting available, it can get a little confusing when designing a lighting scheme for your home or office, hopefully, this article will help.
What is Ambient / General Lighting?
Ambient light is one of the most common lightings. This lighting is a soft glow that blankets your space just enough for you to function without causing a harsh glare. While ambient light is meant to get you safely from point A-to-B, it is not ideal for working closely with things or to highlight things around your space.
How to use Ambient/General Lighting
When used correctly, ambient light creates a fantastic environment to relax from an overly stressful day or to have a warm conversation with an old friend. Ambient lighting is often referred to as mood lighting, because this light captures the soft curves of your face and allows your pupils to dilate slightly (a physical sign of affection).
What is Task Lighting?
Task- light is a smaller more concentrated light. You want it around when you’re working. In fact, some people call it office lighting. Task lighting is meant to help you see when you’re doing projects in which you need a finer light, such as, reading, cooking, writing, sewing, etc. Task lighting only works well when it is used as a contrasting light. For example, if you have a low lit room with a swing arm lamp turned on over your desk, the light over the desk surface will be more effective with less glare or shadow-effect than if the entire room was lit with a brighter light.
How to Use Task Lighting
Task lighting helps naturally stimulate your brain. The contrasting light allows you to be more alert and concentrated. This will help you see more details as you work, creating higher quality results. This is why many businesses choose to use task lighting in their offices.
What is accent lighting?
Accent light is a very concentrated light with the intention of drawing the eye to its focal point which is a way of adding style and drama to your home. This will help you illuminate the pieces you want on display while shadowing dull areas. People use accenting for wall washing, artwork, bookcase displays, pieces of furniture, collections, and the general architecture of their homes.
How to Use Accent Lighting
Accent lighting is one of the types of lighting that creates a very sophisticated atmosphere. It evokes feelings of meaning and importance to the images it displays. This lighting type is used a lot for museums, historical buildings, and art shows.
Other types of lightings include:
For multiple types of lighting options consider using a light dimmer. Dimmers help achieve any mood or look you’re looking for at the turn of a knob or push of a button.