Kitchen Lighting Guide – Get the WOW factor.
If there’s one space in the home where getting the lighting right is absolutely critical, it’s the kitchen. Our range of energy efficient LED lighting can make the ordinary look, well, simply extraordinary.
Choosing the right LED colour
We’re aiming to make it as easy as possible for you to choose the right LED colour for your kitchen, ensuring it’s as stunning as it is functional.
It’s important to understand the differences between ‘warm white’ and ‘cool white’ LED lighting and how each interacts with different kitchen surfaces and colourways.
Here’s some guidance to help you create the perfect lighting scheme for your kitchen.
- Warm White produces a cosy, calming effect which complements a traditional style kitchen featuring wood surfaces and muted worktops perfectly.
- Cool White gives a more modern effect, bouncing off gloss or contemporary surfaces to create a stunning effect.
Create an efficient working space
Task lighting does exactly as the name suggests. It is perfectly positioned to ensure the kitchen is an efficient working space for everyday tasks like food preparation. Understanding the lighting needs for your kitchen as a working space is crucial when planning your lighting scheme. Consider how you envisage using the space and where and when you will need specific light sources.
Spot Light or Strip Light?
Task lighting is positioned under wall units to illuminate the worktop, giving light exactly where it is needed. However, there are two types of task lighting to consider; spot lighting & strip lighting.
LED Spot Lighting – With spot lighting we recommend using 2-3 spot lights every metre. The effect created is a coned beam.
LED Strip Lighting – Strip Lights provide a continuous run of light with no breaks to create a flood of lighting onto the worktop.
Add an element of luxury
Convenience lighting illuminates cupboards and drawers when opened, for ultimate ease of use. A beautiful added extra which brings a level of luxury to any kitchen design.
Drawer Lighting is great to illuminate deep pan drawers. These LED fittings run at such a low wattage you can illuminate the full drawer stack and run from one driver. Alternatively, consider the battery powered option.
Inside a larder
Recess an aluminium profile with a HD Flexible Strip integrated along the front internal edge of a larder carcass, link with a PIR or IR sensor so the light comes on as the door opens.
Inside wall units
Choose from battery powered or low voltage in-cabinet light fittings with an integrated PIR sensor so the light is switched on/off as the cabinet door opens/closes.
Create an impact
Mood lighting is used to add dimension and depth to the room in order to create an ambience. Mood lighting is generally soft and unobtrusive, used for decorative rather than functional purpose. Often the most overlooked aspect of kitchen lighting, Mood Lighting really does have the biggest impact!
Where to introduce mood lighting?
Along the plinth – Choose a spot light or flexible strip to create a relaxing atmosphere and ambience.
Above wall units – Run flexible strip lighting above wall units to up light the ceiling, adding real depth to the kitchen. Alternatively, add an over cabinet light to illuminate the door fronts.
Inside glass fronted wall units – Use a glass clip light on glass pane shelves to create a superb effect. Alternatively, place an LED spot light at the top of the unit to illuminate the glassware or crockery in the cabinet.
External shelf lighting – The LED glass box shelf is a great addition if you want to introduce subtle lighting whilst adding additional storage space.
Under worktop lighting for a handless kitchen – Use one of the LED Flexible Strips (either in the Continuum profile or alone) which can create a stunning effect.
How To Work Out What Driver Is Required
When deciding on what driver is required to run all your kitchen lighting, firstly add up the wattage of all the lights you wish to run.
We offer several choices of driver as below.
- 24V / 6W Titan Driver With 4 x Ports
- 24V / 15W Titan Driver With 6 x Ports
- 24V / 30W Titan Driver With 6 x Ports
- 24V / 60W Titan Dimmable Driver With 10 x Ports
If all your lights wattage add up to 14W then you would need a 15W driver, if they add up to 16W you would need a 30W driver, you can add lights up to the total wattage of the driver but not exceed the wattage of the driver.
If you do exceed the wattage of the driver your lights could start flashing.
We hope our Kitchen Lighting Guide was useful and informative. Don’t forget you can see the whole Sensio range or purchase Sensio Lighting from here – iPlan Shop/Lighting