Kitchen Lighting – We Have Some Bright Ideas
The best I can tell you is that there isn’t much I don’t like. In architectural design, lighting fixtures along with hardware are the jewelry of a room. It’s those finishing touches that make a room come alive.
Home Lighting Options
As always, we have favorites. Murray Feiss, Fredrick Raymond, Thomas Lighting, and Seagull are probably the “go to” manufacturers for the standards. As with anything else, you get what you pay for – in lighting you will quickly see the differences. Things are pretty obvious in metalwork weights or paint finishes, and even glass beads vs. lead crystals. If you are not familiar with the brand, be especially aware of buying on the internet when things are not so visible. You can always go to very established companies with great websites who handle many different manufacturers like Dominion Electric. There, you can be assured of the manufacturers they represent.
Hint – most designers banish ceiling fans, but let’s face it, they are functional. Just don’t put a light kit on them, that’s when they can start to go bad.
Lighting sources are changing, even light bulbs are changing now. Between government regulations on energy and toxic waste problems, not to mention what consumers want, the lighting industry is in a state of flux. There are many different “types” of light now, and depending upon their lumen output and their intended use, (ie., kitchen lighting), you may want to have a serious discussion with your designer about lighting your space. The worst thing you can do is remodel a beautiful room and have poor lighting.
Keep in mind that every space in your home uses certain types of lighting effects:
- General Lighting
- Task Lighting
- Ambient Lighting
- Decorative Lighting
The Planning of any space being remodeled requires either a Wiring Diagram with a lighting plan Legend, or an On-Site plan with all parties concerned. Make sure all electrical requirements are shared and met.
Whether it’s remodeling kitchens, room additions, or any modifications to your home, proper lighting is essential, better to be over-lit and use dimmers.