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Kitchens


What’s Cooking?


We take a look at some important factors to consider when planning a kitchen lighting scheme.


The kitchen is a central focus of most households, and a place where creativity abounds. Every kitchen is different, and the décor depends entirely on the personality of the owner, as with any room in the house. With such an exciting atmosphere in the kitchen, it is important to create a lighting scheme that strikes a balance. Sally Storey, Design Director of John Cullen Lighting has some key ideas for creating the right kitchen atmosphere; “I feel it is key for the general lighting to be bright, so if possible try to uplight the ceiling as much as possible as this provides a soft diffuse reflected light”.


With all the mixing, chopping and cooking that goes on in the kitchen, it is important that users are able to properly see what they are doing, so task lighting is a very important aspect of a kitchen lighting solution. An ideal method of creating task lighting is by illuminating underneath cabinets; “Previously, I would use the 20w 12v halogen, but this got hot so now I use


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the 1w LED eyelid” explains Storey. “Another solution is the Contour strip fixed under the cabinets – this works as long as the kitchen surface is not polished, as this will reflect all the individual light sources.”


Samantha Coles, Lighting Consultant at Ashwell Ventures Ltd, also believes that lighting below the top cabinet is vital consideration; “The most important areas that need effective and appropriate lighting are the work surfaces and hob areas, as that’s where the potentially dangerous things are happening.” But what if there are no top cabinets? Coles believes that the alternatives need to be managed properly. “Ceiling recessed lights are a very popular choice for kitchens but are so often placed incorrectly, too far into the room so that they illuminate the backs of people’s heads or the floor!” she explains. “If they are to be the main light source they need


to be positioned directly over the work surfaces where they are needed rather than sticking to some kind of geometric layout for symmetry’s sake”. Storey of John Cullen Lighting has one last piece of advice - that it is also important to add an element of feature lighting into the kitchen. “You can create interest and focus by introducing pendants over a kitchen island, which is often a good solution in a very high ceiling space as it brings the scale down” explains Storey. “Consider lighting niches, shelves or under the island by using the Eyelid Under Cupboard Light or the Contour strip”


Contact:


John Cullen Lighting T: +44 (0)20 7371 5400 W: www.johncullenlighting.co.uk


Sam Coles Lighting T: +44(0)1525 382682 W: www.samcoleslighting.co.uk


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