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Designing Room-by-Room: Illuminating the Kitchen
LIGHTING LAYOUTS : THE KITCHEN
Not strictly spaces dedicated to food preparation, kitchens are focal points in the modern home.
While the traditional cooking and cleaning functions endure – requiring specific task illumination – the kitchen is the hub of household activity. We entertain, eat and perform several other activities in our kitchens, from homework to balancing bank statements
Strong overhead lighting is necessary for general illumination and can be attractively accomplished with a larger-scale flush mount fixture. However, the multipurpose nature of a kitchen necessitates incorporation of all three lighting layers.
In Smaller kitchens a secondary overhead lighting source might not be necessary. A wall-sconce or two may provide additional ambient lighting, focused on the eating area.
Just like one wrong measurement can make or break a recipe, not having enough task focused lighting can disrupt the functionality of your space.
The optimum brightness for preparing food is 500 lumens per square meter. Multiply the square meterage of the countertop area by 500 to determine the luminous flux of light you will need. Then select pendants or island fixtures that can be lamped to accomplish you goal. Remember to leave at least 75cm between the fixture base and the counter surface.