Don't make your lighting decision an afterthought, it deserves the same attention to detail as the other elements in your project.

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Lighting

Don't make your lighting decision an afterthought, it deserves the same attention to detail as the other elements in your project.

The visual look and feel of a finished project is highly dependent upon the type of light fixture(s) utilized and when in the project process the lighting considerations are taken into account. Leaving this too late into the project will limit your options which may lead to a lost opportunity to create something truly special.

Lighting must be planned for, usually once the primary layout for cabinetry and fixtures has been established. This is highly important to ensure correct positioning and the prewiring that is required before the fixtures can be installed. Keep-in-mind that it is not only the fixtures position that needs to be accounted for but also the location(s) where the light will be controlled from.

Most of our projects, such as a kitchen, will have 3-4 individually controlled lighting zones. Recessed ceiling lights for overall ambient lighting, under cabinet task lighting, table and/or island lighting and possible in cabinet/decorative feature lighting. By varying the light intensity within the zones visual depth can be created, areas of focus may be emphasized or additional light can be provided for task oriented work. Each zone is dimmer controlled and the light fixtures vary according to function and decorative opportunity, especially island/table fixtures.

In choosing light fixtures the bulb type can have a significant impact on the quality and colour of the emitted light. Colour temperature is in my opinion the most important, for residential applications a "warmer" (2,700 - 3,200 K) temperature is preferred. These cast a yellowish colour tone which tends to richen or warm up the room and the colour of the rooms contents. Many compact florescent and LED lights emit a much "cooler" bright-white/bluish light, tends to look institutional with a tendency to wash-out the colours of other room materials; make sure to check the package to ensure all of your lights are in the same colour range.


Graham T. Korbey
The Kitchen Abode 

 

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