When working in the kitchen, it is vital that the lighting is correct, both for safety reasons and practicality. Natural light should be maximized but during times when this is not possible (such as at night), artificial lighting is required. In the kitchen, it is important to have light shining on the work surfaces, sink, and stove. This is because it is dangerous to work in shadowed areas. A single light in the middle of the kitchen will nearly always be insufficient.
You will probably need to use three different types of lighting in your kitchen: ambient, or background, lighting; task lighting; and mood lighting. There are three common types of lights – downlights, fluorescents and spotlights – and these can be manipulated to suit your area. The hottest lighting trends see the return of the fluorescent bulbs, downlighting and pendant lights.
It is important to locate the ambient lighting away from overly reflective surfaces (such as stainless steel or glass) and in places where you are not likely to be distracted by dazzle when carrying hot objects.
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