“To see beauty is to see light.” – Victor Hugo
We could not say it any better. Here at KbE we often hear our clients mention that their current space lacks lighting, often making it hard to work in. As problem solvers and design advocates we present various ways to add more lighting with easy solutions.
Here are numerous solutions when it comes to adding layers of light to your existing or new space:
Recessed Lighting: In today’s market, many electricians are utilizing LED 4” and 6” recessed cans to illuminate overall spaces. Be sure to work with your design team or electrician when it comes to the placement of these recessed cans, especially in your walkways. We love to separate cans into zones and install them on dimmable switches.
Under Cabinet Lighting: We add this type of task lighting to the majority of our kitchen renovations. Most food prep is done on countertops with cabinetry or storage above. By illuminating the counter below, it makes this space much more functional. Under cabinet lighting can be an after-market solution or installed when new cabinetry is installed.
Ambient Lighting/Decorative Lighting: Those beautiful pendants over your island or the fun fixture at your sink, are examples of ways to add decorative lighting to your space. Typically, this lighting is not meant to shine on high task areas, merely to compliment the design style of the space. Often times these lights can also act as nightlights and pair nicely with a dimmer switch.
Accent Lighting: Adding lighting to cabinetry is a great way to add another layer of light to your space. Glass cabinetry is a very popular design feature in kitchens today. Going the extra step and specifying lighting for this cabinet will truly accentuate the items inside on display. Puck lighting and LED strip devices are ways in-cabinet lighting can be achieved.
There is no such thing as too much lighting. Natural light is always a preferable source but as the amount of daylight is growing shorter this time of year, it is important to be able to illuminate your space to its best potential. Another important step not to be overlooked is switching. Be sure to chat with your designer or electrician about how they plan on switching each layer of light; this is just as important as the actual light! Remember, have fun with lighting and never be afraid to add more to your space.