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Lighting : The kitchen

Published on : 2022 - 08 - 23

Multi  Luminaire

Multi Luminaire

Multi Luminaire
Lighting : The kitchen

Lighting : The kitchen

Your kitchen lighting requires some planning!

We spend a lot of time gathering together or preparing good meals in the kitchen. It is essential therefore to have appropriate lighting to maximize every square foot of this much used room. There are two categories of lighting: general and supplementary. In this article we will determine the best lighting options for these two categories based on the different areas of your kitchen. Our experts are available in-store and via our online chat to guide you in planning lighting that will make your living area shine.

The solution: combine general and accent lighting.

To light up your entire room, general lighting is placed in a strategic spot according to your kitchen’s layout. It is completed with supplementary fixtures whose lighting distribution is more directional. It is ideal for brightening up work surfaces or areas that shine when they are highlighted. Now, let’s talk about the types of lighting fixtures that provide general and supplementary lighting to create a functional kitchen and an ambiance that matches your lifestyle.

General lighting 

1. Flush mount: Decorative and high performance, the flush mount has several bulbs or an integrated LED lighting to provide a wide distribution of light and a better yield in terms of energy consumption. It is therefore an excellent choice for providing general lighting to your kitchen. We have a huge selection of flush and semi-flush ceiling lights for all tastes. Come and take a look!

2. Track lighting: The track lighting is an option also worth considering. It can be fitted with several directional heads that you can position according to your needs. Your choice as to the number of directional heads will depend on the area you wish to light. We offer an array of reflectors, including the one you need! One click and you’ll fall in love. 

3. Recessed: A discreet and modern LED lighting solution. The quantity you’ll need will depend on the surface area and lay out of your kitchen. Our suppliers offer a number of finishings and dimensions to match your needs perfectly. Whether fixed or directional, recessed lighting fixtures always provide effective lighting and a refined look.

Accent lighting

Esthetic, practical and functional all at the same time, supplementary lighting helps you highlight certain aspects of your decor and bring a more targeted lighting to various work surfaces. Here are the perfect types of lighting fixtures to create ideal supplementary brightness and complete your decor.

The island 

1. Single pendant: The single pendant is without a doubt the most esthetic choice. The number of single pendants will depend on the length of your island as well as the style of the pendant. Thinking of a single pendant with a slender silhouette? Think odd number: chose 3 or 5 lights. If you prefer a single weighty pendant, choose an even number! So 2 or 4 lights. For a balanced and proportional effect, the width of the pendants must not exceed ¼ of the width of your island. In both cases, the minimum height between the base of the single pendant and the top of the island is 36 inches. 

2. Chandelier: The advantage of a chandelier is that it only needs one electrical outlet on the ceiling. For a proportional look, the maximum length of the pendant must not exceed ¾ of the length of the island. Its minimum length must be ½ that of the island. For width, the rule of ¼ in relation to the island applies. The recommended height between the base of the lighting fixture and the surface of the island is also 36 inches. However, it will all depend on the structure of the chandelier, the goal being to maintain a height where the base of the lighting fixture does not obstruct your visibility. We suggest you make the base of the lighting fixture shine toward the surface of the island and not toward the ceiling to maximize the brightness of your island space.

Underneath the cupboard 

1. Linears: These are recognized for their uniform distribution of brightness and easy installation. They can be installed directly underneath cupboards and need no recessing. To calculate their lighting power, it is very simple. They provide two times the light of the surface area of their dimension. For example, a 12-inch linear light will cover a surface area of 24 inches. 

2. Pucks: Scattered underneath cabinets, they are very esthetic. Glass cabinet? A puck inside your cabinet can create a lovely luminous and decorative effect. Under the cupboards, arrange them in such a way that you leave a space of 18 inches between each for a better distribution of light. Recessed or surface pucks are available depending on how your cupboards are configured.

3. LED strip: Due to its continuous linear design, the LED strip offers the best distribution of light in the range of cabinet lighting. It is worth noting that when we choose an LED strip, we focus on ambiance and look rather than performance. Stuck underneath cupboards, they are very easy to install. 

The sink

1. Single pendant: Match it with your island lighting to create repetition. It is used to provide brightness and highlight the sink. Practical for washing dishes! The single pendant also provides a decorative touch and extra ambiance lighting.

2. Small flush mount: A small flush mount with a closed shape can suit this location very well. The glow of an open ceiling light would be too bright on the wall in front of the sink. This would create irregular and unattractive lighting!

3. Recessed: Available in several formats, the dimension or number of recessed lights depends on the configuration of your sink space. If the area is surrounded by cabinets, it is important to leave 6 inches of space between the recessed lighting and your cupboard.


Tips and tricks

Much more than simple decorative accessories

Much more than simple decorative accessories

Accent objects are an integral part of the overall scheme that creates harmony and caps off a home’s decorative theme. They add a personal touch to your home and provide points of interest that draw the eye. Often, these small visual cues are the things that make us feel most at home.