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How To Properly Light a Kitchen

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Kitchen lighting design has evolved a long way from the days when a fluorescent panel in the ceiling was considered to be a state-of-the art lighting solution.  In today`s kitchens, the emphasis is on lighting solutions that are attractive, practical, and flexible.

Good lighting is required in the kitchen not just for ease in cooking preparation, but for safety.

{category_img id=2765 type=small link=yes} are vital to the person who is preparing food must have adequate lighting for tasks such as reading recipe instructions, measuring ingredients, chopping and cutting activities, as well as food-mixing and cooking.

When you are working on plans to upgrade the light fixtures in your kitchen, you should concentrate first on improving lighting in the work areas where food is prepared. If you concentrate too much on choosing and installing lighting fixtures that make the kitchen look attractive, you may end up without enough light to illuminate the important food preparation tasks that take place in this room.

It is a good idea to install multiple light switches and dimmer switches to give you more precise control of light in the kitchen. These controls will make it easy for you to transform your kitchen from a brightly lit area for food preparation to a cozy, intimate space where people feel comfortable sitting and talking with each other.

Many homeowners choose a combined ceiling light and fan as a practical and inexpensive solution for lighting the kitchen while dissipating heat build-up and kitchen odors.  One disadvantage of the combined light and ceiling fan is that a greasy dirt film can quickly build up on the fixture, requiring frequent cleaning. If you choose a combination fan and light fixture, be sure to place it in a location where you will have easy access when you need to replace the bulbs or clean the fan blades and lights.

{category_img id=10701 type=small link=yes} that are suspended from the ceiling are useful for illuminating a work area such as a sink or kitchen island, but they can become a nuisance if they are placed in the path of people who need to walk back and forth in the kitchen. For this reason, pendant lights should be restricted to areas where no one will be walking below them, such as a kitchen island, sink, or dining table.  Pendant lights should be controlled by dimmer switches so that light levels can be adjusted as needed.

If members of your family need to make frequent trips to the kitchen during the night, consider installing dim lighting beneath the cupboards to illuminate the floor. This will make their nocturnal visits to the kitchen much safer. Another important safety measure you should implement is to include some battery-operated lights in your kitchen to provide emergency light during electrical power outages.

When you make plans to upgrade the lighting in your kitchen, be sure to consider the way you will be using this important room, as well as the way you want the kitchen to look.

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