In almost every room of the house, we use both general lighting and workplace lighting. A space where many of us especially want to provide both kinds of lighting in the kitchen.
Task lighting is lighting, which we use to see clearly what we are doing. Reading lights and desk lamps are two examples. General lighting is the lighting we use to illuminate the entire area, assist us in walking and find specific areas and additional light sources.
Nowadays, general lighting is usually provided by electric ceiling lights. In the kitchen, this can be one of three types-built-in lights, surface fasteners and pendant lights. Each has its pros and cons, and many kitchens have more than one type.
Built-in lights disappear into the ceiling, creating a sense of openness and space. Many people also prefer them because they seem to need to be cleaned less. You can be a good choice for these reasons, especially if your kitchen is a finished space.
However, built-in lights require enough space over the ceiling for the case to be fitted. This means that the ceiling bars limit the places where you can install a built-in light. Installing built-in lights can also be affected by installation and wiring, especially if your kitchen is located below an upstairs bathroom. And since the built-in lights are above the ceiling, they don’t illuminate wide areas. Several of them are needed to fully illuminate the average kitchen.
If your kitchen has an unfinished, insulated attic, the good news is that you can use the cheaper and easier to install built-in lights earmarked for new construction. The bad news is that there are additional challenges in installing these devices. A built-in luminous case located in an attic must be both airtight (AT) and insulation compatible (IC) so that it does not serve as exhaust air for the warm air of your home during the heating period and does not get hot enough on the outer surface to the Damage insulation that comes into contact with her. Built-in lights, which are both AT and IC, are more expensive than comparable lights where this is not the case.
From the 1980s, built-in lights became the norm for kitchen lighting. However, this changed over the past decade when people realised that the combination of ceiling breakthroughs and the greater number of lights required may make this type of lighting less efficient than surface or surface or Pendant. Since then, two trends have emerged. On the one hand, manufacturers have redesigned the built-in lights to be much more efficient. On the other hand, electricians and homeowners have left the kitchen ceiling closed and mounted the lights either under or under it.
Surface lights can range from small “mushroom” fixtures that hold a single bulb to 2′ x 4′ fluorescent fixtures with multiple tubes. Because they are on the surface, there is no issue with the integrity of the ceiling, or of what’s in the space above it. Surface fixtures can also light a wide area, although a small single-bulb fixture will not cover a very large area. The area you want to cover is part of the process of choosing a fixture. Surface lights are also, in general, easier to clean than recessed lights— it’s just that the dust that collects in a recessed fixture is less visible.
Surface-mounted light fixtures were the standard choice for most general kitchen lighting from the early 20th century into the 1980s. That’s when recessed fixtures first became widely available, and took the lead for a couple of decades. Then, with a growing awareness of the greater efficiency of a closed ceiling plus the design of more attractive units, surface light fixtures started to make a comeback. Today, many people are using a combination of different fixture types to get the illumination they want where they want it while keeping the system efficient.
On the downside, while surface lights are mounted “up out of the way,” they are still visible installations on the ceiling. They tend to break up the expanse, visually, more than recessed lights do. And they do require periodic cleaning because the dust on them is visible.
Pendant lights are really a special form of surface lighting. Their big advantage is that they bring the light to the areas where you need good visibility. For this reason, they can also be used to illuminate tasks. The sensible installation of pendant lights can provide duplicate services by, for example, illuminating a work island and the surrounding area.
As pendant lights have regained popularity in recent years, they have initially become increasingly attractive due to their efficiency. The open metal umbrellas with a single nude light bulb are still available, but so are fittings with pendants. And there are styles that range from Tiffany to postmodernism. Many people choose to incorporate at least some of these versatile headlights into their overall design.
The biggest drawback of pendant lights is the biggest advantage-they hang down from the ceiling. You can stand in the way and need to be confined to areas where people can’t move unless your kitchen has blankets more than 8ft tall. In kitchens with high ceilings, pendant lights can get the light where you need it and help lessen the sense that you’re in the bottom of a well.
Like surface lights, pendant lights need to be cleaned regularly to remove the visible dust.
Built-in lights, surface lights and pendant lights are all available in models that accommodate a wide range of incandescent bulbs. If you have a specific type of lamp (light bulb) in mind for your general kitchen lighting, such as an MR 16 halogen lamp, you need to opt for lights that need that lamp.