How to Choose Best Lighting for Kitchens

How to Choose Lighting for Kitchens Introduction: In the world of kitchen design, lighting plays a pivotal role in creating a well-lit and visually appealing space.

Among the various lighting fixtures, those positioned directly above a kitchen island often stand out. In this guide, we’ll explore the art of choosing the perfect pendant lights for your kitchen island, considering size, placement, and material. With these considerations, your kitchen will not only be well-lit but also suit the style, materials and textures of your interior. Continue reading to learn how to choose lighting for kitchens..

Consideration 1: Overall Size

Selecting the right size of pendant lighting is a critical first step. When it comes to size, it’s all about striking the right balance. The size and scale of your chosen pendants should be in harmony with the available space and the impact you wish to achieve. Large and colourful fixtures make a bold design statement, providing a focal point that helps delineate the kitchen island from the rest of the space. On the other hand, smaller and sleeker pendants offer a subtler touch, seamlessly blending into the overall kitchen design. It’s crucial to avoid fixtures that are either too small, risking them getting lost in the space, or too large, potentially overwhelming the room.

Consideration 2: Perfect Placement

Proper placement of pendant lights is equally crucial to achieving the desired effect. Start by measuring your kitchen island, considering its length, width, and height. To ensure a visually balanced look, leave 20-30cm on each side between the end of the island and the pendant(s). This step might influence the size of the pendant you ultimately choose, providing a practical and aesthetic balance.

For optimal pendant height, we recommend placing the lights around 80cm to 100cm above your island countertop. This not only ensures ample illumination for your workspace but also contributes to an aesthetically pleasing arrangement. If your pendant has an adjustable cable, this height can be easily adjusted (usually at the ceiling). If your pendant has a solid rod suspension, you will need to carefully consider the height of your pendant before you commit to your purchase.

Consideration 3: Material Selection for Function and Style – Choosing a Timber Linear Pendant

The material of your pendant lights not only influences their aesthetic appeal but also determines the type of lighting they provide. Selecting timber linear pendants goes beyond acquiring merely functional lighting fixtures; it symbolizes a conscious choice to invest in the aesthetics and sustainability of your space while simultaneously supporting the rich tapestry of Indonesian craftsmanship and industry. These pendants, meticulously crafted from timber, not only contribute to the visual appeal of your environment with their natural warmth and unique textures but also signify a commitment to environmentally responsible practices.

By choosing timber linear pendants, you are endorsing the skill and dedication of local artisans who carefully shape each piece, infusing it with the essence of their craftsmanship. This investment extends beyond the immediate aesthetic impact in your home or space; it becomes a testament to the resilience and creativity of Indonesian designers and artisans who uphold a legacy of quality and authenticity.

Consideration 4: LED Colour Temperature

The colour temperature of light is referring to the warmth and coldness of light. Warmer light appears yellow, while cooler light is a white/blue colour. For example, warm light at around 2700 to 3000k is ideal for your home. The almost yellow glow helps to create a warm, cosy, and friendly atmosphere for you and your family to relax in. However, this is not the optimal lighting choice for productivity. Warm light creates a lot of contrast, meaning your eyes must work to adapt, which becomes tiring. Therefore, for an office or other working environments, we recommend using cooler lighting between 3500 and 5500k.

Consideration 5: Dimming

Opt for fixtures with adjustable brightness or dimming capabilities. This allows you to control the intensity of the light based on your needs, creating a more versatile and comfortable environment. Our timber linear pendants are all fully dimmable and we always reccomend installing these style of pendants on a dimmer switch.

Conclusion: A Well-Lit Kitchen

In conclusion, choosing the right pendant lights for your kitchen island involves a thoughtful consideration of size, placement, and material. By keeping these factors in mind, you can transform your kitchen into a well-lit culinary haven that not only serves its functional purpose but also adds a touch of style and personality to your home. Whether you prefer a bold design statement or a more subtle, subdued ambiance, the right pendant lights can elevate your kitchen to new heights of sophistication and charm.