We spoke to the lighting experts at tp24 to source the best advice on how to effectively illuminate kitchen and bathroom designs…
The seventh heaven of kitchen lighting:
- The kitchen is primarily a work area, but it is also a gathering place for family and friends. Comfortable, functional kitchen lighting plays a vital role in this important hub of the home.
- LED Spotlights are great for lighting a work area such as kitchen surfaces and they are often adjustable too meaning you can aim the light exactly where you want it, or even adjust the fitting to suit your varying tasks. Also, unlike Halogen spots, LEDs run at very cool temperatures, making readjustment possible even after hours of continuous usage.
- Consider the shape of your space. Compact spaces benefit from being well lit. If you have a long, narrow kitchen then consider installing spot bar fittings as these can be positioned to direct light into any dark areas.
- Recessed lighting effectively illuminates counter and island areas with higher levels of light. Be sure to place the lights almost directly over the counters to avoid creating shadows.
- For counter areas with cabinets directly above, under-cabinet lights can be placed to eliminate shadows and dark areas. Under-cabinet lighting should generally be placed toward the front of the cabinet, with the light source hitting the backsplash.
- Placing linear light sources above the cabinets is a beautiful design element that also adds function to your new kitchen and will either brighten the ceiling or create a warm glow.
- Create a statement in your kitchen by fitting suspended lighting over your island or dining table. Don’t limit your space to just one light, if the space can accommodate multiple fittings then using multiples of three and five will offer more aesthetic appeal and have real impact.
tp24’s favorite four bathroom lighting tips:
- For bathroom lighting, you need plenty of even, shadow-free lighting for shaving, grooming, and applying makeup. In small bathrooms, mirror lights will illuminate the entire room, but in larger bathrooms, an additional ceiling light fixture will be required for general lighting.
- Spotlights are great in bathrooms. Make clever use of existing mirrors to maximise light if necessary or add an illuminated LED mirror. For a larger or L-shaped bathroom why not try combining a decorative centre light with functional downlights where more light is required.
- Bath tub and shower enclosures can be adequately lit by placing an enclosed IP65 rated recessed downlight in the ceiling. These downlights are also ideal for use over whirlpool baths and in saunas.
So how about some crystal in the bathroom for a change? Glamorous LED lighting can brighten up your bathroom without you having to fall into the trap of functional lighting. For a low ceiling, choose a flush or semi-flush light fitting.