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Tips to Ensure Proper Kitchen Lighting

In a kitchen, nothing works better than natural daylight. However, since this may not always be possible, designers often opt for multilayered lighting. A set of luminaries that provides ambient light and another suited for task lighting may be sufficient to provide the required 30 footcandles (the standard measurement of light on one square foot in the space).


Proper lighting – recessed, track, or pendant lights – contributes to the efficiency and ambience of the kitchen. The wrong kind may adversely affect one’s health, productivity and sense of well being.


When it comes to task lighting in the kitchen, fixtures need to focus on countertops and provide lighting that is complementary to the general lighting of the room. The underside of cabinets provides the ideal location for task lighting because the light source is near the location of tasks and can easily be concealed to avoid glare. The use of under-cabinet lighting can also reduce shadows cast by cabinets due to overhead lighting.


The lighting fixtures should provide smooth and uniform illumination for a variety of tasks and purposes ranging from reading the faded handwriting on an old recipe, mincing and dicing meats and vegetables, and simply displaying a colourful blown glass decanter or a piece of kitchen art.


Good kitchen lighting ensures that the colors and textures of food are enhanced. As the social centre of the home, kitchens are often the primary location for family activities and parties. Adjustable light levels allow for a transition – a bright, clear visual environment gives way to a lively setting, and can then metamorphose into one that’s quiet and relaxed when the day’s activities are over.


The Key Criteria

The two main criteria for good kitchen lighting are the amount of light falling on the work surface, called the illuminance level, and the evenness of lighting, termed uniformity. The recommended average illuminance level for kitchen counters where activities such as cooking, chopping and other detailed or critical tasks occur is 500 lux, a unit of measure for illuminance. For general lighting of a counter and tasks such as reading a recipe, 300 lux is recommended. Because ambient overhead lighting also contributes to the illuminance level on the counter, an under-cabinet fixture should provide at least 300 lux to meet the recommended light level for critical tasks.


Uniformity is a measure of the evenness of the lighting. Uniform lighting is easier to work under because the surface has a constant illumination, rather than “pools” or “spots” of light and dark areas. Often, it is the design of lighting fixtures or their spacing while fitting that creates problems of uniformity. Irregular light patterns hinder people while performing tasks, detract from the counter and backsplash design, and create an unattractive overall appearance.

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