At Collingwood Lighting, we are passionate about bringing rooms to life with high quality LED solutions. Lighting isn’t just about practicality, it’s about adding depth, warmth and previously undiscovered dimensions to create awe-inspiring lit environments.
These principles can be applied anywhere, but a good example is the family kitchen. With the rise of open-plan living, kitchens have increasingly become a hive of activity and the heart of the home. Whether it’s cooking meals, doing homework, entertaining friends and family or relaxing, the kitchen now serves a variety of purposes and how they are lit can make all the difference to that.
With the right lighting scheme, a kitchen can be anything you want it to be, at any time, just at the flick of a switch or the touch of a button.
An imaginative and innovative lighting scheme can achieve bright, practical lighting for tasks such as cooking and homework and then easily switch to soft, warm lighting for dinner parties, while also creating a statement out of the interesting corners and features of your kitchen.
The easiest way to transform a flat environment into a multifunctional space using light is to design a layered lighting scheme. This type of design uses multiple light sources at different levels, as opposed to a standard grid of downlights which can be one-dimensional and uninspiring.
A good lighting scheme generally consists of three layers; ambient light, task light and accent light.
Task lighting is essential in a kitchen as it focuses on specific areas where tasks are frequently carried out, such as food preparation areas. It can include downlights over counters, islands and work surfaces, strip lights set under kitchen cupboards, pendants over tables and directional spotlights such as our H4 Pro 700 and H5 500 Asymmetric.
Ambient lighting is the general background lighting that replaces natural daylight. It is used to provide enough light to create a comfortable standard of brightness. In a kitchen, ambient lighting can be created using downlights with a wide angled beam, directional spotlights to bounce light off walls, strip lights within coving, alcoves and shelves and ground lights for indirect general light.
Accent lighting is used to highlight features and add visual interest to a space. This can be achieved using strip lights set near the floor to create a floor wash effect, downlights set close to a wall’s surface to create scallops of light, directional spotlights to pick out decorative features such as a glass fruit bowl, painting, or display case, or ground lights to highlight architectural features. The lights themselves can also create stunning visual effects on bare walls, such as colour or fan patterns.
Combining these different forms of lighting adds layer upon layer of interest to your kitchen, while ensuring the lighting is spot on for whatever purpose the kitchen is serving at the time.
Controlling the lights couldn’t be easier using a phone, tablet and a compatible control system. You can even add a splash of colour at times to suit you with our colour change range for the extra wow factor.