I'm planning a new kitchen and want to get the lighting as right as
possible and would welcome advice.
Underneath the wall cupboards, I am thinking of just fitting florescent
tubes to illuminate the work counter below. Over the sink and the food
preparation area (over which there are no cupboards), I am thinking of
putting in ceiling mounted halogen spot lights. Do you think this plan
would work or can I do better?
In the middle of the kitchen , there is a table where we eat/read/work
on the pc. What sort of lighting should I put over this?
Ed, I've just done exactly what you have suggested.
I had the option to have spots under the wall units, but opted for the
fluro's as they give (to me) a nicer longer light and are cheaper. I had the
option of two spots for the ceiling, one of which gives off a 'yellow'
light, the other a more 'white' - I had the white and it's lovely. If you're
reading etc I wouldn't have anything energy saving if you can help it. I
have a normal light in that area with the spots contained to the kitchen
Our kitchen lighting needs sorting out as well, at the moment I've got
a 3' fluors tucked alongside a beam above the kitchen sink,then a 20w
12v Dichroic over the hob, and 2x golfball low energy lights over the
The reason there isn't more lighting is that the ceiling has semi
exposed floor joists and there is no space to insert downlights.
Anyway just to say that the golfball LE lights are really excellent
for reading/working, they take a couple of minutes to get fully bright
but at 8W they are as bright as 60W lamps and I would recommend them.
They are in a simple pendant fitting with white glass shades that hang
down 2' 6" above the table. Lamps 2-4-1 from Tesco.
I like undercupboard florescents. Very effective.
Use Halogen spotlights exactly over the areas you need light. A spot light
over the sink works very well.
For the table light use a chandelier type light. Low down if possible and
even better if you can use a dimmer switch.
Re haolgen lights just remember that all incandescent lamps are being
phased out so unless you buy a lifetimes supply you will only be
putting off the day when you will need to fit new low energy fittings.
As I said the 8w golfball lamps give off a really bright light and
great for over a kitchen table not (candle lamps in a chandelier over
a kitchen table sounds a bit odd)
Downlights are still a problem at the moment due to the delayed start
up time. One going they are ok although the best ones to go for are
the 11watt or 13watt versions (expensive) Apparently new Super LEDs
are being developed and as they switch on instantly could possibly be
the way forward as by all accounts the light is very similar as
incandescents and they don't flicker either.
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