The kitchen is a room where we spend a lot of time whipping up some of the best dishes. The kitchen island is the star of the show and absolutely gleams with proper lighting. It can be difficult picking out the perfect piece for the job. Here are just a few tips we have come up with from our LED lighting solution specialists.
What to keep in mind when selecting a lighting plan for your kitchen island?
Well first what is the main function of your kitchen. You want to select lighting that will enhance all the daily activities you do there. From reading recipes, chopping fruits and vegetables to entertaining the family. The best lighting plan will provide you the ability to choose how bright you need the room to be. For a cool warm light opt for 4000K to 5000K. This mimics daylight and provides excellent lighting. Make sure to have dimmers in place as well to adjust the mood as needed.
What is the best lighting for illuminating kitchen islands?
Linear Suspension is a great way to make your kitchen shine. George Kovacs Honey Drip LED Linear Suspension boasts tapered tops suspended from an ultra-sleek canopy with acrylic drop pendants. In a trendy Sunset Gold this piece will be a great conversational piece. Pendants are also a great way to go. Don’t hesitate to go big with them. Using multiple pendants really make the kitchen come alive.
Although pendants are popular what other designs should you consider?
If you have a longer kitchen island, you can try a large and linear chandelier. Our recommendation would be George Kovacs Skinny LED Linear Suspension. Chic and modern this piece is an optimal solution for great kitchen lighting.
What about recessed lighting?
If you are not into anything hanging over your kitchen island, recessed lighting is for you. Although it is more of a concealed lighting source it is very effective. We recommend that you get a directional retrofit kit. That way you can get light exactly where you need it. Satco makes a beautiful 4 inch dimmable directional LED downlight in 4000K.
What is the best height and position to hang lighting over the kitchen-island?
The norm that is used is to suspend it at min of 28 and max of 34 inches above the island. As far as positioning, most people prefer to center it. If you want to offset the piece, make sure there is still adequate lighting on the island.
What is the best bulb to use with the lighting fixtures?
Live Long LED filaments are a perfect fit for all of your lighting needs. They are the most effective as they keep your electricity bill down due to lower wattage that still delivers the high lumen output that you need for task lighting. For example, 50 Watts compares to 800 lumens. If you want to see how much money you would save use our ROI calculator.
For most kitchens you would want to go with a 3500K for a more welcoming feel If you have cool wood tones go with the higher range. 2700K really compliments warmer wood tones. Regardless of the size or color scheme of your kitchen we at Live Long LED are here to help. Call us anytime at 855-968-5444 to speak with our kitchen lighting specialists.