Re: Lights for kitchen work area2
Jun 09, 2007 5:28 pm
I'm not sure what we will do yet - but I like the idea of this:
That can fit into the cabinet. Will be interested to see what you decide on. In a lot of display homes we've visited - we haven't seen any lighting from overhead cupboards.
Re: Lights for kitchen work area4
Jun 09, 2007 7:47 pm
We asked our builder to put lights under our overhead cupboards, too, but I can't for the life of me remember why they said no and pointed us to a different option. Anyway, we are having these two pyramid/triangle shaped lights installed under the cupboards in the corner of the wall.
Did that make sense?
Re: Lights for kitchen work area5
Jun 09, 2007 7:50 pm
Oh, they kind of look like this:
But sits in the corner.
Re: Lights for kitchen work area6
Jun 09, 2007 7:59 pm
Re: Lights for kitchen work area7
Jun 09, 2007 9:05 pm
I have done this many times with projects; the most efficient lighting for this use is what I call STRIPP LIGHTING. Small fluorescent lights attached to the bottom of the overhead cupboards. This is the best form of task lighting in my opinion.
You can put them on a dimmer, so they can also be used as mood lighting at night.
Lights such as down light and Low Halogens are directional lighting; they shine DOWN only, and do not cover the full surface, therefore not as safe.
You need to be careful of lighting that throws another colour other than white, as it is can be harsh for the eyes.
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Re: Lights for kitchen work area8
Jun 09, 2007 9:11 pm
Florescent is harsh on my eyes.
I much prefer the light from Low Voltage DL's.
I am also not a big fan of "white" light. I prefer the incandescant golden effect as opposed to the clinical white of the energy savers...
Re: Lights for kitchen work area10
Jun 09, 2007 9:15 pm
We have gone for the same lights setup (and general style) as this pic:
I have 3 LVDL's above the workbench, 4 LVDL's in the bottoms of the overhead cupboards and 2 LVDL's in the ceiling. I have them on 3 seperate switches (1 plate) for each area being used.
Re: Lights for kitchen work area11
Jun 09, 2007 9:17 pm
That said though I don't spend much time in the kitchen (i burn water!!) so I don't claim any expertise in task lighting at all!
Re: Lights for kitchen work area12
Jun 09, 2007 9:27 pm
They look great good, while they are all turned on at once.
But turn off the over heads on the island bench and what do you have? A few directional lights on the back wall, still not throwing an even light. I also think they are too obvious for under cupboard lighting.
Just my opinion of course.
Re: Lights for kitchen work area13
Jun 09, 2007 9:34 pm
Just my opinion of course.
Yeah! And what would you know??
Point taken though.....hmmm
Re: Lights for kitchen work area14
Jun 09, 2007 9:39 pm
Matt, take a look at how they throw off from the tiles…..reflection I mean.
Now scroll your photo up so you cut off the overhead lights over the island bench and can only see the back wall…….what do you see?
Jun 09, 2007 9:53 pm
I hope you don't me asking but I love fluros (changing my whole house to them practically). I saw you mention STRIPP lighting and very interested for my kitchen. I was planning to have fluro lights anyway. My only problem is that I am not having any overhead cupboards. It is an island kitchen so the island will be under a fluro. On the wall based cabinets there could still be shadowing from the appliance cupboards and oven cabinet, rangehood etc. Is there anything I could use above the glass splashback to put light directly on the bench or should I just use ceiling fluros.
Re: Lights for kitchen work area16
Jun 09, 2007 10:02 pm
(((My only problem is that I am not having any overhead cupboards.)))
(((On the wall based cabinets there could still be shadowing from the appliance cupboards and oven cabinet, rangehood etc.))))
I thought you said you weren’t having overhead cupboards??
You will still get lighting from your rang hood for the stove top.
NOW is there cupboards above the glass plash backs?
Jun 09, 2007 10:22 pm
Sorry should have been more specific.
To one side of the benchtop will be a high oven cabinet. There will be a rangehood above the glass splashback after 60-80cm of benchtop. There will then be no overhead cupboards for about 100-160cm. At the other end of the bench will be rollfront appliance cabinets but these are sitting on top of the bench so are practically a wall at the end.
Re: Lights for kitchen work area18
Jun 09, 2007 10:30 pm
OK……so if I have got this right, you should have no interrupted lighting from your ceiling to your bench top, expect for the rang hood?
You should be ok, as long as you remember to put fluro lights above the work surface on the ceiling.
I think putting lighting up on its own above the glass splash backs could look a bit tacky.
Re: Lights for kitchen work area19
Jun 10, 2007 11:21 pm
Thanks, everybody. The links are great although I would suspect not of the cheapest things available.
After reading about fluorescent vs iridescent type of lighting, I've decided to go fluorescent, I found this useful:
http://www.greenhouse.gov.au/yourhome/t ... l/fs45.htm
You're right again, Michelle !
Re: Lights for kitchen work area20
Feb 07, 2008 12:38 pm
Sorry to bring this old post back up, but I can't decide what lighting to use. The flourescent lighting that Michelle has mention, seems like a good idea but can't figure out how they would look. Are they simply surface mounted underneath the cupboards? Would it achieve a similar look to this (it's using leds)?
For downlights, how are they wired? Is a false floor created in the o/h cupboards to hide it? Here's a drawing of the overhead cupboards in question
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