KITCHEN LIGHTING IDEAS
9 hacks for lighting your kitchen
Getting your kitchen lighting right may sound easy, but to get the perfect ambience, you need to plan. First, you need to choose the ceiling light that suits your kitchen, but will it be strip lights, spots or LED bulbs? Then there’s the worktop lighting that not only needs to shine a light where it’s needed to prevent accidents, it has to be glare-free too. And let’s not forget if pendant lights are the best option above a dining table. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of 9 hacks to help you get your kitchen lighting just right.
For the kitchen, you should go for ceiling lights made of steel, metal, glass or plastic. These materials are easy to wipe and don’t take on the smell of cooking fumes.
Glare-free bulbs which can adjust between warm white and daylight white with a dimming function is recommended for kitchen lamps. This allows you to complete every activity - from cleaning and chopping to sitting comfortably - in safety.
Chopping vegetables can be hazardous if the lighting isn’t right. You can’t rely on the ceiling lamp if your shadow blocks its light, but don’t fret, the answer is simple: worktop and under-cabinet lighting.
These work via built-in motion detectors, so the light always comes on when you’re working in the kitchen, adding an extra touch of safety when you’re chopping carrots like a pro!
Larger kitchens with space for kitchen islands and counters are ideal for chic, designer pendant lamps. Not only do they look great, but you’ll also never tire of guests telling you how much they love them too.
You can place several single-bulb pendant lights next to each other or to choose a multi-bulb model. Depending on whether you plan to hang them over the worktop or above an area for sitting and eating, a warm white or neutral white light colour should be selected for both. And with height-adjustable models available, they’re incredibly versatile.
If you have a kitchen, you usually have a dining table. A pendant lamp is a perfect choice here. Preferably height-adjustable, with warm white light that can be dimmed.
For a small table, one pendant lamp should be enough while an elongated pendant light or several pendant lights, placed at the same distance from each other, will light large tables with ease.
Every kitchen is different, so every kitchen needs a different approach to lighting. For this, cable and track systems are the answer as they allow you to illuminate around corners and banish areas in permanent shadow.
With just one power connection, different areas of the room can be individually lit and within a system, different lights can also be fitted. Track and cable systems are anything but just purely functional, not only do they work great, they look great too.
A small single apartment often only has a kitchenette without much space. So, this is where a little creativity is needed - like lights that also function as shelves with storage space.
Meanwhile, larger standing shelves with bright spotlights also provide storage space and a pleasant lighting atmosphere. And anyone who likes light-up furniture should also consider a luminous side table in the kitchen.
Anyone who wants to create atmospheric lighting in their kitchen should include LED strips in their planning, attached to the lower edge of worktops, shelves and counters.
LED strips can be shortened with scissors at defined intervals and can be placed around corners or be cut off and reconnected using special clips. LED strips with colour-changing functions are available that you control via remote control or smartphone.
Growing fresh herbs, like chives, parsley and basil, add an extra-special flavour, not only to your cooking but to your kitchen too.
To give kitchen herbs the perfect setting, placing a pendant light or a shelf with an in-built light will display them wonderfully while providing growth-promoting light.
Smart lights in the kitchen have huge benefits, including voice control when you have your hands full and need a bit more light.
Mobile phone-controllable LED panels, for example, can be installed under wall cabinets to illuminate the worktop and controlled with a smartphone. Pendant lights above the dining table provide colourful variety with RGB LEDs. And models that can switch between indirect and direct lighting and light up shaded areas bring convenience to the kitchen.
It’s important to have sufficiently bright lighting that illuminates the whole kitchen evenly without glare. Work areas such as the hob and worktops should have supplementary lighting, like under-cabinet lights, which shine directly onto the work area - without any distracting shadows.
The performance of the old incandescent lamp in watts is no longer relevant in modern LEDs. A reliable comparison for bulbs is the luminous flux (lumen). You’ll find a comparative value in watts for orientation in the product details.
In the commercial sector, this question is quickly answered - universal white with 4000 Kelvin. Since this light colour is perceived as cold, light in a range of 2700 to 3000 Kelvin is recommended in the home, i.e. warm white light. This applies especially to cosy seating areas. With many bulbs today, the light colour can be individually adjusted - then the choice can be made depending on the setting.
After installation, the bulb should emit glare-free light to reduce the risk of accidents. You should also choose kitchen lighting that illuminates work areas, making it easy for you to prep food and clean away dust and grease. Near deep fat fryers, cookers and dishwashers, it’s important to choose models that can withstand heat and humidity. It can also be useful to have lights with a sensor that switches on without the need for a switch if your hands get dirty or wet. For a stylish finishing touch, consider adding lights inside cupboards or under shelves, counters and plinths.
Functional light should be used as task lighting (ceiling and under-cabinet lighting). In contrast, cosy light (warm white) should be used for the kitchen dining area as the central living area. Through smart lighting, bulbs can be used according to the situation and need: by dimming, changing light colour and other individual functions.