The kitchen is no longer just a functional area for preparing meals. It is one of the most frequented areas in the home where people and guests converge to socialise, eat, and, in some cases, work. Kitchen lighting must be carefully considered and include appropriate ambient and task lights for every purpose. Counters and sinks, for instance, require task lighting. You can’t go wrong with LED light bulbs to ensure sufficient and energy-efficient illumination.
LED light bulbs are great as kitchen lighting because they help minimise your energy costs. They typically consume up to 90 percent less power than conventional incandescent bulbs. Because they use a minimal fraction of the energy used by an incandescent bulb, they help reduce power consumption, too. The ruggedness and durability of LED bulbs ensure savings in replacement and maintenance costs in the long run. These features can be beneficial especially if you have high ceilings, as their longevity ensures that you will not have to replace them any time soon.
Energy efficient LED light bulbs are surprisingly versatile for kitchen lighting. They make excellent accent lights for cabinets and floating shelves due to the massive range including those with small, unobtrusive profiles. Likewise, they can be installed as recessed ceiling lights as a primary source of illumination. LED lights can create a dramatic effect for glass countertops, which can be lit from underneath. For night-time illumination and accent lighting, consider adding LEDs to the plinth or kick boards in your kitchen counter or island. LED bulbs can highlight architectural features of the kitchen as well, like the cove moulding or the tray ceiling in traditional kitchens. Under-cabinet lighting with LED light bulbs will stay cool and will not make you uncomfortable as you work under them.
For basic lighting, a ceiling-mounted fixture (for ambient light), downlights (task light over the sink), pendant light (ambient light over an island), and under-cabinet fixtures (for counters) should do the trick. You may need more lights if your kitchen is larger. For instance, you may need cove lighting along opposite kitchen walls for ambient lighting to allow light to bounce off the ceiling, and you can rely on under-cabinet or valance lighting over the sink for task lighting.