It is notoriously difficult to achieve excellent kitchen lighting so to help you achieve this Design Director, Sally Storey, has written a page of kitchen lighting tips which appeared in the 27th April Telegraph Magazine.
A shortened version of her ten top tips for Kitchen lighting are:-
- Forget grids of downlights; use light only where it is required.
- Under-cupboard lighting is usually best for task lighting because it is well hidden and stops your shadow obscuring the worktop.
- Think creatively about where you put your light.
- Layer the light.
- The latest developments of LEDs means the most recent downlights, ideal for kitchen lighting, are only eight or 10w rather than 50w.
- If your kitchen or dining area is small, you can increase the sense of space by using directional spotlights angled towards cupboards and walls.
- Try to ensure that lights fitted near hobs fit flush to the wall or ceiling – making them easy to wipe clean.
- If using track lights, the key is to position the track so that spotlights never shine in your eye.
- Spots should be placed where you need the light.
- With glass cabinets, I prefer to light the internally.