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Plan your renovations : Kitchen and bathroom

Plan your renovations : Kitchen and bathroom

Kitchen

Not only is the kitchen one of the first rooms in the house you’ll want to renovate, but it’s also the most expensive and challenging to renovate. That’s why it’s essential to plan the electricity and lighting for this room to ensure it’s user-friendly and practical.

Several lighting options are available for the kitchen.


Recessed, track and flush mount

For general lighting, recessed lights are a good choice to consider, as they can provide good lighting coverage for the entire kitchen. Make sure to leave six inches of clearance from the cabinets and 18 inches from the walls. Since they are unobtrusive, efficient and don’t clutter the space visually, recessed light fixtures can be installed above your island. In general, two to four recessed lights are enough, depending on the length of your island.

Here are the recommended spacing guidelines according to recessed light type:

MR-16: One every 4 to 6 feet
PAR-20: One every 3 to 4 feet
GU-10: One every 2 to 3 feet
LED: One every 3 to 5 feet

Adjust the distance between the recessed lights according to the size and function of the room.
Adjustable track lighting is the second type of lighting that provides coverage for the entire kitchen. The flexibility of the adjustable heads makes it possible to shine light precisely where you need it.
The flush or semi-flush ceiling light fixtures can also provide good general lighting. Their circular bases provide uniformly bright light.

Linear, puck and LED strip

Consider adding lighting under and inside your cabinets to maximize your kitchen lighting. Linear lighting fixtures are well known for providing excellent light distribution. Moreover, they are easy to install. Linear lighting fixtures are available in a variety of finishes, sizes and bulbs suitable for all kitchen cabinet configurations. They light an area twice their size. For instance, if your linear lighting fixture is 12 inches long, it will cover a 24-inch area.

Halogen or LED puck lights offer the most decorative option. They can be installed inside your glazed cabinets to create accent lighting in your kitchen. For uniform lighting under your cabinets, we recommend leaving an 18-inch gap between each of them. Puck lights can be flush mounted or surface mounted depending on the configuration of your cabinets. LED strips provide the most flexibility when it comes to installation. LED light produces no ultraviolet radiation, which ensures that lit surfaces and objects never fade. It also offers the best lighting distribution. Choose cold white or warm white depending on the mood you want to achieve. Flexible LED strips adapt perfectly to corners and curves.

Some linear light fixtures have a toggle switch built into the product, so you don’t need to install a wall switch and are free to turn the lighting on or off for specific areas. You can also connect linear lighting fixtures and puck lights to a wall switch.


Pendants

If you have an island, choose pendant lights or a chandelier-type fixture. If you opt for pendant lights, their size and quantity should relate to the size of your island. Use an odd number of small pendant lights (3, 5, etc.) or an even number (2, 4, etc.) for large pendant lights. Include as many electrical outlets in your lighting plan as there are pendant lights. If you prefer a pendant over your island, its length should be roughly half that of your island for a consistent look. The advantage of chandelier-type fixtures is that they require only one electrical output. By opting for a light fixture that faces downward, you optimize efficiency since its light will shine directly on your work surface.

Whether for a pendant light or a chandelier, opt for a light fixture width that does not exceed one-quarter of your island. A pendant light shouldn’t block your line of view. Ideally, the base of the pendants should be 30 to 36 inches from the surface of the island.

Pantry

If your kitchen has a pantry, recessed lights are a good choice as they provide good overhead clearance. A ceiling light is also a good choice in the pantry. Some ceiling lights are very compact and won’t take up precious space. You can also opt for adjustable track lighting with heads that can be pointed where you need extra light. If you have shelving, you can also install LED strips, which take up very little space and adapt perfectly to corners and curves.



Bathroom

The bathroom is one of the flagship rooms in a house and welcomes all family members as well as guests. A bathroom must be well planned out, practical and adapted to your lifestyle. Several types of light fixtures can be installed in a bathroom.


General lighting

For general lighting, we suggest installing a ceiling light or track lighting in the centre of your bathroom. Track lights are very practical as they make it possible to shine light on important areas such as the bath, shower and toilet. Pendant lights are also suitable for the centre of the room if there’s a seven-foot clearance between the base of the light fixture and the floor.

Recessed lights are also a great option for bathrooms. However, make sure to leave six inches of clearance from the cabinets and 18 inches from the walls. For better lighting in your shower, install a recessed light designed especially for wet environments.

Here are the recommended spacing guidelines according to recessed light type:

MR-16: One every 4 to 6 feet
PAR-20: One every 3 to 4 feet
GU-10: One every 2 to 3 feet
LED: One every 3 to 5 feet

Adjust the distance between the recessed lights according to the size and function of the room.

Task lighting

For optimal lighting for applying makeup or shaving, install a wall sconce above or on either side of the mirror. If you install a wall sconce above a bathroom mirror, it should be at least 24 inches wide. This width may vary depending on the size of your mirror. The centre of the fixture should be installed approximately 75 to 80 inches from the floor. If you want to install wall sconces on either side of the mirror, install them at eye level, or about 60 to 66 inches from the floor. You can also choose to install a pendant light on either side of the sink or one above each sink if you have more than one. Be sure to maintain 36 inches between the surface of your countertop and the bottom of the fixture.


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