Kitchen Lighting Trends 2019
Got a kitchen lighting remodel idea but don’t know where to start? As you can imagine it can be perplexing as you may not know where to start.
One good idea is you can always start with a budget in mind. What are your goals and what do you see is missing in your current kitchen lighting design?
If you are a cook you are going to want a bright white light in the 4100 Kelvin range. This is going to give you a whiter light in which most chefs will prefer. This is a very good task light. But if you are lucky enough to have a large window in your kitchen and you can get perfectly natural clear sun light then this is going to beat any man made light. But when cooking dinner after the sun goes down could be a problem.
When it comes to Kelvin, its the most important thing for light bulbs. The higher the Kelvin the cooler light emitted from the bulb. The lower the Kelvin the warmer the color of the bulb. Save the warmer bulbs and lower Kelvin for the living room. You kitchen needs a white light so you can see what you are doing. This of course changes the dynamic of the space so if you want a warm light in the kitchen you may have to opt for two types of lighting. Task lighting for when cooking and a warmer light when not busy in the kitchen.
Kitchen Lighting Essentials
What color light is best for kitchen:
- Daylight (5000 K): daylight bulbs are meant to look like cloudless daylight at noon, with a white, nearly bluish light. Instead of using it all over the kitchen, make it into accents for them when you prepare food.
- Cool White (4100 K): The cool white white color is crunchy, and it’s a great workhorse in your kitchen and bathrooms.
- Soft white (2700 to 3000 K): That’s a classic light that emits a mild, yellowish light, familiar and warmer than that of a cool white bulb.
- Warm White (2400 K): Warm white bulbs resemble candle light at the hottest color temperature. They are fantastic for setting that romantic atmosphere.
Kitchen Bulb Options
What type of lighting is best for kitchen:
- Halogens, which are only available in a relatively warm 3000 K color, are 100% true and cheap. But they’re an old technology now, and they’ll be dim when they get warm.
- CFLs that can be spiral shaped are essentially mini – fluorescent ones, so they may need time to warm up. They can however last ten times longer and are available in any color temperature than conventional incandescent.
- LEDs, initially known to be price higher, have the lowest energy costs and are available in more affordable and flexible technology. It is possible to choose directive, semi – directional or omni-directional styles and at nearly any colour.