being the place to prepare food, often the kitchen is
the heart of the home, and the centre of family life.
At parties, guess where many people congregate? The
kitchen! So why would you use the same bright light
level when cooking (before a party, let's say) as you
would after guests arrive, when a softer, more romantic
glow is clearly better?
The versatility of a kitchen ought to be matched by the
range of different light levels appropriate for each
activity. For example you might cook, dine, do homework,
relax, and party in this one space.
So change the mood of your kitchen with several "layers"
By layers we mean 2 or more different kinds of light
fixtures, each on a different circuit, and controlled
independently. The idea is to use a different circuit
for each type of lighting: general, task and accent.
Dimmers will give complete control, and will allow for
almost infinitely subtle blending. Plus, with dimmers,
as the level of light is dialed down, the actual color
of the light shifts warmer.
Each light layer can emphasize a particular part of the
The obvious benefit of
having 3 or 4 different light types in the kitchen is
You can brighten or dim the overall light level, or turn
on or off lights in different areas of the kitchen. Plus
you can blend 3 or 4 individual lamp sets to get a whole
range of different effects, like colors on an artist's
A less obvious benefit is energy efficiency. Party time
or dinner time lighting need not be as bright, consuming
less power and saving you money. Plus, party guests will
love you for it!
Finally, the most profound benefit of all is the ability
to change YOUR mood. That's what quality of life is all
about, and that's what quality lighting can achieve.
How can you transform the mood of your kitchen with a
chandelier? Read the next article:
17 Tips for Lighting Your Kitchen with a Chandelier >>
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