It was not so long ago that no one really thought about the lighting in their kitchen. And that the “dining” element of the kitchen was merely an afterthought, a table bunged into a draughty corner, with no real planning.
But things have changed. Now people expect to be able to relax and unwind in their kitchen.
And this means upping your game when it comes to the lighting!
Kitchen lighting is no longer the dreaded strip light or simple incandescent bulb, which did not provide enough proper light to cook by.
Today, we have LED inbouwspot 230 V as a built-in LED spot for the kitchen. These can be used on beams to create an ambient light in the kitchen diner.
Inbouwspots are also excellent for focused task lighting in the food prep areas. The most important thing is to make sure that there aren’t any dark areas in the kitchen.
By putting them on the underside of kitchen units, you will be able to banish all the black spots and gloomy areas. This obviously makes it safer when you are wielding a vegetable knife, but turns the kitchen into a more cheerful place as well.
You will most likely need several of these inbouwspots LED dotted around the room, to spread the lighting as evenly as possible.
Areas that need special consideration include the kitchen work surfaces, the sink, any additional food prep areas and above the utilities, if you keep them in your kitchen.
Inbouwspotjes LED can also be dimmable for when you want to change the mood suddenly in your kitchen, making them highly versatile.
We advise making all your kitchen lights dimmable and these days the good news is that this is possible with inbouwspots LED and indeed all types of LED spots.
It’s better still if you place all the switches in one central and easy to find place (by the door probably). This means you don’t have to spend forever messing about when you want to turn all the lights down or off.
Of course, the individual switches and dimmers can still be placed close to the operation of each light.
Accent lighting of shelving, or any photos you might have on your walls, also helps bring a kitchen to life.
Inbouw spots make good recessed lighting and can shine a light on the features you wish to accentuate.
Turning a kitchen into a living zone can be done without the need for walls or doors. You can establish separate spheres within your kitchen diner simply by changing the lighting.
Standing lamps can be brought into the dining area of the kitchen, which will introduce a more homely feel to it.
Coupled with a decorative shade, this casts a warm glow over the dining space.
One way to quickly divide between two “zones” of your kitchen is to install a pendant light – or lighting – over one particular area.
A series of pretty café lights hanging over the top of the kitchen island are a particularly charming addition to any kitchen diner.
We also think that pendant lighting comes into its own, when placed above the dining table or kitchen diner area.
Whether you opt for glass and chrome or a softer, fabric shaded look, depends on the individual style you are going for.
However, you don’t need to keep the exact same look in each area of the room. Knowing when to mix and match the look is the key here to establishing your zones.
Low hanging pendant lights can work very well over the dining area. They bring your diners closer together and make the atmosphere more intimate.
To create some different effects in your new kitchen diner, why not think of ways of bringing the lighting inside the flooring?
LEDs inside the floor tiles themselves add a novel twist to a kitchen. But this is not all you can do to light up the room from the bottom up.
Use LED lighting strips along the skirting boards and under the units to create a “floating” look to them.
This gives an ambient feel to any kitchen and illuminates it in an atmospheric way.
Establishing different zones and being able to turn all the lights down are key to making your open plan kitchen diner a more sociable and friendly place.
By using inbouwspot LED over the work units, but being able to dim them when needed, you can switch literally from a work zone, to a social space easily and effectively.
Decorative pendant lighting over the dining area also brings it into its own and makes it a distinctly intimate zone.
By experimenting with these ideas, you may be surprised that the only thing needed to set the tone and mood of your kitchen diner, is the correct type of lighting!