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Essential condition of a comfortable and a successful atmosphere, good lighting is needed in the kitchen as in all other rooms of the house. It must be chosen and installed according to the different work areas, and offer all the guarantees of safety.

Lighting in the kitchen

Practical advice

● Think, when designing, to all users of the house. Especially for the height of the lights.
● Under cupboards, watch out for heat! If they contain perishables, use fluorescent lamps that do not emit heat.
● For recessed lighting, consider disassembly. It is often necessary to replace the lamps, and sometimes the transformer.

Reflected lighting

Plans of cooking and work, sink, table... all the points of the kitchen light up in a particular and thoughtful way. Luminaires must reproduce natural colors as closely as possible, leave no shadow or dazzle users.

Worktop and sink

More than anywhere else in the kitchen, the worktop and sink require powerful, localized lighting. Opt for fluorescent strips, which diffuse a soft and stable light. Conceal them behind matching headbands to hide the equipment, which is often aesthetically pleasing and does not have light in the eyes. You can complete them with directional spots or low-voltage halogen lights (TBT), fixed or adjustable.

The cooking point

Extractor hoods usually have integrated luminaires with sufficient power. Their major advantage is that they are protected from origin against water vapor and grease. If you wish to enhance the lighting, place a concentrated beam spot outside the hood collection area and point it towards the hob.

Table

To take or prepare meals, this point must be illuminated in a powerful but flexible way: the ideal is to use a suspension "up and down". In the high position, it provides general lighting throughout the room. In the low position, it focuses the light on the table, without dazzling. Equip it with an incandescent lamp satin or opal, for a good visual comfort, or a "compact fluorescent", more economic.

The main lighting

To take or prepare meals, this point must be illuminated in a powerful but flexible way: the ideal is to use a suspension "up and down". In the high position, it provides general lighting throughout the room. In the low position, it focuses the light on the table, without dazzling. Equip it with an incandescent lamp satin or opal, for a good visual comfort, or a "compact fluorescent", more economic.

Switches

They must not be hidden behind a blindfold or cornice to be easily accessible. The best solution is to join them at the entrance of the room by connecting together the main lighting points (ceiling, up and down) and secondary (sink, worktop...).

Modular headbands: power outlets...

Modular headbands: power outlets...

The modular headbands to be fixed under the furniture (here Alpi) combine lighting and sockets. They must be powered by independent power lines and connected to the ground circuit of the housing.

... and lighting

... and lighting

Halogen spotlights and fluorescent strips

Halogen spotlights and fluorescent strips

TBT halogen spotlights provide effective spot light, but tend to generate heat. Under cabinets containing food, prefer fluorescent strips.

Powerful lights

Powerful lights

Monte-and-drop

Monte-and-drop

Depending on the position in which it is set, the up and down (Brilliant) combines the functions of general lighting and focused lighting of the dining table. It must be securely fastened to the ceiling to resist pulling, and connected to the ground circuit according to electrical standards.

Strong fasteners and ground connection

Strong fasteners and ground connection

Conceal localized lighting

Conceal localized lighting

To avoid being dazzled by localized lighting, the best solution is still to hide them behind a headband, unless the furniture already has a rim.

Lighting the interior of a closet

Lighting the interior of a closet

It is possible to illuminate the interior of a closet. Especially if it is controlled by a door switch, which will automatically turn off the light when closing.


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