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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

How to Light a Kitchen

10 years ago, I probably would not have written this post. However, the merging of kitchens and dining has created more to illuminate....

Let me show you how:

Task Lighting: This is the skeleton of the plan. It is recessed or track as the overhead with undercabinet lighting for the counters. Approximate spacing for the recessed/track should be 18-24 inches from the cabinet and 3-4 feet apart.

Accent: Highlighting objects. Typically a low voltage track or recessed targeting a piece of art or glass (Crate and Barrel does this very well).

Decorative: Chandeliers, pendants and sconces. Yes they can also provide other functions, but should not be relied upon for task applications.

Ambient: The most neglected element of lighting is the hardest to explain. Ambient is ceiling illumination or up lighting.....Creates a warmer atmosphere.

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