Diy Kitchen Lighting

DIY kitchen lighting is as much a project in the planning stages of any kitchen design or building project as it is when you actually get down to installing light fittings. DIY kitchen lighting involves making sure you have sufficient light to work with. DIY kitchen lighting also involves choosing suitable fittings. The actual installation of lighting is usually part of the electrical project that is undertaken by a qualified and registered electrician.

If you give it a little thought, you will soon realise that light and air are two of the most important elements in any kitchen. A badly lit kitchen won't just look dreary, it will also be difficult to work in because you won't be able to see what you're doing. It isn't only at night that we use kitchen lighting. Unless there's loads of sunlight that streams into the kitchen, we will often use lighting for functional areas during the day as well, especially on dark, cloudy days.

Use natural Light for your DIY Kitchen Lighting

When you plan any kitchen, you need to take both the available natural light and artificial lighting into account. The obvious source of natural light is of course windows, and to a certain extent, doors. If there isn't enough natural light in your kitchen, you might consider adding windows. Otherwise you'll have to rely more heavily on artificial lighting.

Previously the choice was between bright fluorescent light and a warmer, kinder incandescent light. Nowadays, more and more people are opting for LED (light emitting diode) bulbs that use less electricity, but give us plenty of artificial light. Better still, LED bulbs may be used with electrically powered systems and with solar power, whichever you have chosen for your home.

Apart from these factors, when you plan your kitchen lighting, you will need to consider general lighting as well as focused lighting within the working area of your kitchen. General lighting is the kind that literally illuminates the whole room, usually from an overhead fitting mounted on the ceiling. The light that is directed onto work surfaces is often mounted under wall-hung units so that it shines onto the counter below. Alternatively you might consider mounting spotlights on an overhead track to direct the light onto specific work tops. Whatever your choice, always choose light fittings that fit in with the style of your home as a whole.

If the kitchen is the hub of your home and not just a place where you prepare and cook food, then consider fitting dimmer switches to control general lights or spotlights, so that you can literally turn down the lights if you are sitting in the kitchen eating with family or friends.

There's nothing to stop you from installing or changing light fittings in your kitchen, but if they still have to be connected to the mains power, that is a job for an electrician who will then help you to complete your DIY kitchen lighting.


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