Old habits are hard to break. After years of buying incandescent bulbs, customers now have exciting energy efficient lighting options, including LED lighting. However, despite their energy saving ways choosing the proper LED lighting can confuse and frustrate without some basic lighting knowledge. Today we’ll tell you how to get the best LED lighting for your kitchen.
Consider Color Temperature
Every kitchen is designed very differently. A smaller kitchen may only function as a kitchen with little to no dining area. On the other hand, your kitchen may be the focal point of every meal with a large table in the center. These differences in design mean that choosing the proper color temperature is very important.
Higher color temperatures (around 3500K), are great for detailed kitchen work. This is especially great for those that are prone to accidents with cutting boards. Warmer color temperatures (around 2700K), by contrast, are great for relaxing home settings, much like a kitchen table. To create the kitchen atmosphere you crave, always take color temperature into consideration.
Fulfill Your Unique Needs
As we stated previously, every kitchen has a distinctive layout, including lighting. Consequently, one kitchen may only need one kind of LED light. However, chances are you’ll need a variety of LEDs to light everything properly.
If you have recessed cans, LED flood lights like PARs are an ideal product. Likewise, a nice fixture with small bulbs would be suited by decorative or deco LED lighting. When it isn’t very obvious which LED lamp can be used where, investigate the packaging. The box should indicate what applications the lamp is meant for.
Also, remember if you have dimmer switches in your kitchen. It may not be a pressing matter in the hardware store but it’ll likely make you furious when you can’t do it later.
Look At Lumens
A kitchen without enough light can be dreary and hard to cook in. Therefore, make sure the lamps you purchase produce enough light to cover every counter, chair, table and sink. Remember, wattage is not a true indicator of brightness. The higher the lumen count, the brighter the bulb.
As LED lighting begins to move into homes, consumers may have to relearn all they know about lighting. However, all of that research will pay off after years of energy savings roll in.
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