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Find the best LED kitchen light fixture
2020-06-16

The kitchen is often the heart of a home. Its not just where you come together to prepare and eat mealsit sometimes pulls double duty as a schoolwork station, or it can serve as a place to complete work projects or crafts.


To accommodate all of these needs, your kitchen needs to have good, adaptable lighting. That means selecting the right lighting fixtures that both suit the space and provide the amount of light you need, where you need it.


So, how do you choose the right kitchen light fixture?


Consider the kitchen

When selecting a new lamp or lamps for your kitchen, it is important to consider the design of the kitchen itself. Whether you are updating an existing design or completely renovating the space, factor in the existing design or the new plan accordingly.


The details and elements of your kitchen as it exists or will exist when renovations are done will impact the type, size, style, and number of light fixturesboth hardwired and plug-inthat can be installed. Consider these factors:


Size of the kitchen – Dictates the number and size of fixtures you can fit.

Current number and style of fixtures – Unless you are renovating, this guides where new fixtures can go and what style theyll need to be to match any you plan on keeping.

Natural and artificial light levels – Informs the amount and type of light needed.

Layout of the kitchen – This factor helps to dictate fixture placement and style, especially if it has an open plan and connects with other rooms.

Style of the kitchen – Impacts the style of the fixture you should select.

With these details settled, you can more easily determine the style and number of fixtures you need to purchase and install.


Selecting the fixture

Keeping the appearance or would-be appearance of your kitchen in your minds eye, you can begin to browse for the ideal fixture(s). When selecting fixtures, consider how they will look and what they will add to the room, focusing on their:

1. Style and aesthetics

When it comes to lamps, there are a few different options for where they can be mounted and how they will take up space in the room:


Wall- or ceiling-mounted

Flush with the ceiling or suspended, like pendants

Stationary, like recessed lamps, or adjustable, like track lighting

Floor or table standing

Concealed in, under, or on top of furniture

Armed with the knowledge of how youd like your kitchen to look and the type of lamp you want, you can hone in on the finish and overall look of the lampthe most fun part of fixture selection in our opinion.


When it comes to this facet of lamp selection, youll want to consider the materials, finishes, and overall aesthetics of the lamp. Do you want your lamp(s) to be:


Metal, wood, glass, concrete, plastic, or fabric?

Exposed or shielded?

Sheer or opaque?

Matte, glossy, iridescent, or flat?

Classic and traditional or bold statement pieces?

Colourful or subdued tones?

2. Size and placement

The size of the light fixture you should get is wholly dependent on the number of fixtures you plan to install and the size and layout of the kitchen itself.


Is your kitchen an open concept space that is connected to other rooms? If so, you may want to carry on the size, style, and placement of these fixtures throughout both spaces to maintain a seamless flow.

Do you have a large amount of vertical space to work with? Or are you limited by low ceilings?

For smaller kitchens, stick to small fixtures or low-profile options, like recessed lamps or flush-mounts. One or two ceiling lamps should be all you need, unless you are opting for recessed or track lighting. Speak with an electrician, lighting or interior designer, or other lighting expert if you need advice for the number of recessed lamps you require. Track lamps are a little easierthey can be added or removed as needed so long as the fixture has the correct voltage to support them.

For larger kitchens, consider installing a large statement piece along with smaller, more subtle complementary fixtures to help brighten the roomrecessed lamps or cove lighting work well here. Avoid flush-mount lamps, which wont light a large space as effectively.

Consider the placementlocation dictates the size and style of lamp you can have:

Over the kitchen table You can select something larger in size for this area, but make sure it doesnt hang too low over the table. 35-40 inches above the kitchen table should make it easy to pass food without worrying about bashing utensils, bowls, or hands against the lamp.

Over kitchen islands Long pendants make good use of vertical space and dont get in the way. Place them 30-36 inches above the island countertop. If your kitchen island is used for meal prep, this is also a good place to incorporate task lighting in the form of recessed downlighting or track lamps.


3. Atmospherics

Another important aspect to consider is the atmospherics of the light fixture. The materials, size, and shape that you select will alter the way the light is cast and affect the atmosphere created in the room. Do you want a warm, welcoming environment ideal for gathering, is your kitchen strictly a workspace, or both?


For warm, welcoming lighting, select fixtures that are made up of clear or sheer materials that will help diffuse the light. This is ideal for a smaller kitchen and helps keep the space from looking cluttered.


Lower temperature bulbs produce warm-whites, similar to a fire, while medium temperature bulbs produce neutral-whites, and higher temperature bulbs produce cool-whites or mimic daylight.

It is also a common misconception that the brightness of a light bulb is measured in Watts. Watts actually measure energy usage, while Lumens measure brightness.


LED Lighting for Dining Room Use

When eating a nice meal with the family or guests, we dont want the lighting to be overly bright and obnoxious, and we certainly dont want it to be so dim that were dozing off. Whether its an afternoon brunch or a late dinner, a dimmable overhead fixtures allow for that perfect brightness at any time of day. We recommend soft to neutral tones for the dining room that create the perfect ambiance. Also, consider LED bulbs for chandelier fixtures that are commonly used in a dining room, LED chandelier bulbs now offer beautiful color and light output.


Suggested Total Brightness Level - 3,000 to 6,000 Lumens

Suggested Color Temperature: 2200-3000K

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LED Lighting for Kitchen Use

The kitchen is in essence a workspace. Many of us start our mornings in the kitchen, so those blue-light emitting bulbs over the counters will help make us alert and awake while prepping breakfast. If you also have a table in your kitchen, a dimmable overhead fixture with a warmer color temperature can create a nice ambiance to balance out the brighter blue lights over the kitchen counters. Kitchens also can take advantage of recessed overhead lighting which can benefit from LED BR Bulbs or Recessed Retrofit Kits.


Suggested Total Brightness Level - 4,000 to 8,000 Lumens

Suggested Color Temperature: 2700-5000KShop LED Light Bulbs for your Kitchen


LED Lighting for Home Office Use

When lighting a home office, we want to make sure that the lights are maximizing our ability to be productive in the space provided. Putting cool-white lights in the office that mimic daylight will increase serotonin production keeping you focused, alert, and energized. Make sure to choose a place that wont create unwanted glares on your computer screen. You may also want to consider LED Desk Lamps which offer great task lighting and the ability to switch color temperature on demand.


Suggested Total Brightness Level - 3,000 to 6,000 Lumens

Suggested Color Temperature: 3000-5000K


Conclusion

To make your kitchen the enjoyable, usable space of your dreams, select the right light fixture to suit your needs:


Pick fixtures that will match your kitchen as it is, or how it will be after renovating.

Choose something that you like the look of visually, regardless of trends.

Select a lamp size that is appropriate to the size of your kitchen and the location the fixture is going.

Look for a lamp that will provide the level of light appropriate to the desired type of atmosphere.

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