Natural light has been cited for its positive effects on health and productivity for years. Why then, do so many of us still rely on harsh fluorescents or struggle with dimly lit spaces in our homes? It’s time to say “hello” to natural light. And what better place to start than the kitchen?
Consider skylights for natural light
If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, ask your architect whether skylights will work with your design. By incorporating top lighting, you could free up space for cabinetry that would otherwise have been consumed by traditional windows. In addition to added space, your skylights will provide a healthy source of natural light, which will make it easier to see while cooking and entertaining. Plus, venting skylights are the perfect fit for airing out cooking smells and infusing fresh air into the room.
Choose lighting that fits your layout
For a center focal point—such as a kitchen island—use down lighting sources that illuminate the surface. Consider pendant lights that hang from the ceiling. In addition to being a direct source of illumination, they will help emphasize the island and add style to your design. Be sure to choose pendant lights that have a solid shade so that light is directed toward the countertop and not dispersed to the ceiling. If your work space is coupled with overhead storage, under cabinet lighting might come in handy. Similar to pendant lights, under cabinet lighting will provide a direct light source for meal prep and cleaning, but the light will likely be more scattered than that from a hanging lamp. For open floor plans, be sure you allow natural light from the windows in adjoining rooms to spill into the kitchen area. Though down lighting options are needed, natural light is the best source of lighting for any room in the home.
Look for bulbs that replicate daylight
If you’ve ever worked in an office with harsh fluorescent lighting, you may have had to strain your eyes after a few hours of work. The type and quality of the light source you choose is important to how your eyes adjust in a space. Try to steer clear of light colors that can add to eye strain, especially in older adults. Look for bulbs that replicate daylight, which is easier on the eyes. Most light bulb packaging provides a light color index to guide you in your selection. Choosing the right type of light for your home is an important task. Remember that natural light sources and task lighting options can be your go-to choices for the kitchen.