When it comes to kitchen remodeling, or even new construction, so much time is spent on choosing the right cabinets, countertops, appliances, and flooring, that lighting the space is an afterthought. It's no surprise that there's not much left in the budget for this crucial element. The lighting in one's home, especially the kitchen, affects the room's functionality and how we feel in that space. Layering light is a concept once used only in living areas of the home but is now used in kitchen planning as well.
No one source of light provides all four layers: task, accent, decorative, and ambient. Some fixtures, such as ceiling lighting, can multi-task, but to choose properly, one must understand the purpose of each layer.
Task – Just like it sounds, this source of illumination is used for workspaces, such as islands or countertops. Island Lights such as pendants fit the bill perfectly here – as long as they are not too small or not enough of them.
Accent – The role of this lighting is to add interest and depth to the room. Classic examples to achieve accent lighting are track lights, can lights, or adjustable recessed fixtures.
Decorative – This is the bling aspect of the room. Its purpose is to create interest in a room. They can also be multifunctional, such as an elegant crystal chandelier, which adds interest and provides illumination. Other decorative lighting includes wall sconces, which are also multifunctional.
Ambient – Often regarded as the natural light that penetrates the room, it fills the space and reflects off the ceiling. The same effect is achieved by using hanging light fixtures, wall sconces, and torchieres. By creating an even pool of light it creates a base layer called general lighting.
When developing a lighting plan for the kitchen, select lighting types that will complement the many functions performed in the kitchen, including cutting vegetables, reading recipes, doing homework, entertaining, and having a morning cup of joe. The best plans include a means to control the brightness, so installing dimmers, allows single function lighting to become multifunctional.
Artcraft island lighting is multifunctional as it provides the lighting needed for task-work and looks beautiful while doing so. Pendants lights are the go-to choice for illuminating kitchen islands and with good reason. If designed properly, using two or three, instead of just one, it can create a perfect display. Another option is a cluster of small hanging pendants, in a traditional line, or hung at various heights, to create an impressive show.
No matter what type of Artcraft lighting you choose for your kitchen island it is important that it is hung at the proper height and in the correct place. General guidelines suggest suspending them 28 to 35 inches above the island. Centering the light source provides even illumination. If the light source does not give enough illumination than added lighting from other sources must be incorporated.