Often the light emanating from one central ceiling chandelier in the kitchen is not enough to provide quality lighting. The left can be left a dining area or work surface.
When designing the light design of this room, pay attention to combining several light sources. Look how stylish and spectacular the sconces look in the interior of the kitchen.
Properly selected devices will make the surrounding space light and spectacular. It remains only to find out how to choose a sconce for your kitchen.
Place for accommodation
Correctly selected sources of light will be your faithful assistant in the zoning of space.
In the kitchen, attention can be focused on the work area (kitchen set) or the dining area. You can select a place of rest, if it is provided for you.
To achieve this goal, hang a chandelier above the table, and next to the wall, set two sconces.
Built-in lighting fixtures will be useful in arranging the area of cooking. Above the sofa, also hang two wall lights.
Local lamps are useful not only for zoning rooms, but also to create in the room the most uniform lighting, ensuring a comfortable stay.
This is especially true for spacious rooms. Sconces can be hung along one wall at equal distances from each other.
If you have a kitchen combined with a dining room, additional lighting may be required above the cupboards, paintings. This will help to harmoniously combine the two premises into one, and also correctly place the accents in it.
Low ceilings are not the best option for installing a central chandelier. From it at all it is possible to refuse, having arranged on perimetre of kitchen some wall fixtures. Do not forget to identify the zone of food intake.
Remember: the light emanating from only one ceiling light will visually narrow the walls, so do not use the chandelier itself in small and narrow rooms.
Even a couple of wall sconces will make lighting as uniform as possible, which will visually increase the dimensions of the room.
Wall lamps can be used to illuminate paintings and photographs hung on the walls, as well as unusual decor elements, on which you would like to make a special accent.
If you have open shelves in the headset or if you prefer a one-level kitchen at all, then you can safely install the sconce directly over the table top.
You can also hang the sconce above the bar, above the stove, on the free sides of the cabinets. The places for installing the sconce are simply the sea, so you have to proceed from the individual features of the kitchen configuration and personal preferences.
Want to create a cozy and comfortable lighting, hang the sconce lower. But the room will visually become smaller. If the lamps are hung higher and direct the light stream up, then the kitchen will seem more spacious.
Visually adjust the size of the room in a larger direction will also help the installation of several wall units at the same height and with a certain step from each other. This will be especially true for narrow kitchens, the walls of which are painted with a rather dark paint.
To maximally harmoniously design the kitchen, choose for yourself a wall lamp and chandeliers from one designer collection.
If you did not find a suitable kit for yourself, you can choose and heterogeneous lamps that would harmoniously blend in style, form, color and material.
Direction of light flux
The effectiveness of light design in many respects will depend on how correctly the plafonds are selected and where the light flux is directed.
If you have chosen luminaires with whole plafonds completely covering the lamps, they will emit a softer light.
If in your sconces the diffusers are installed just below, then the light will go to the ceiling and the upper part of the wall as much as possible. This solution is suitable for those who want to create not local, but general lighting.
Lamps closed atop the ceiling will direct the flow downward. Such fixtures are suitable for creating illumination of functional areas. So that they do not blind the eyes, give preference to matte lamps.
In today's market there is a lot of sconces with the function of redirecting the light flux up or down, through the diffusers or the plafond. This is a universal option for many, because it allows you to create both local and general lighting of the kitchen.
Design and materials
Easy care - this is one of the key requirements for lighting devices installed in the kitchen.
Give up fabric shades, because it will be difficult to avoid settling on them droplets of fat and burning, which will lead to premature loss of aesthetics and attractiveness.
Do you prefer wooden elements? Be sure to pay attention to the presence of a layer of protective varnish. Forged elements should also be covered with special mastic, which provides reliable protection of the metal from soot and other contaminants.
The fingerprints will remain on the chrome-plated or gold-plated shiny brackets. Under the influence of light, various impurities will be clearly visible. Think about the advisability of hanging such sconces over the dining table or in the work area.
Classic models with glass, crystal or plastic are also not a suitable option for the work area. Regularly included extractor will help you to protect the surface of the sconce from fat.
Having stopped choice on classical fixtures in the form of candles. Choose matt lamps for them. They will not blind their eyes, but create a soft light.
Lamps with shades of warm neutral colors should be placed above the dining table. Under such influence your culinary masterpieces will look even more appetizing.
A clear glass of purple or lilac color is not the best solution. Give them up if you do not want to worsen the appetite of your household.
The power and type of lamps are also important selection criteria. On the 10-square-wave kitchen, the optimum performance is 120W light output.
The incandescent lamps are the most optimal for the eyes, but they are too energy-intensive. In addition, they have an insignificant life span.
Luminescent models of cold glow emit too bright a stream, which can be tedious for the eyes.
Thinking about which lamps to choose, transparent or matte, pay attention to the plafond bra.
If there are holes or slots in it, then you can select transparent models. Thanks to this tandem on your ceiling and walls, you will see original shadows.
If the luminaire does not provide a diffuser, no lampshade, or a plafond, then the best solution will be a matt lamp.
For sconces installed in the area of the working surface, lamps that emit a light flux in the cold spectrum, while a zone of food intake is better illuminated by muted warm tones, will do.
If you refuse the central chandelier in favor of the sconce, then they should be installed around the perimeter of the kitchen at a height of 1.7-2 meters from the floor. They should not be at the level of your eyes, so as not to blind them.
Switch the layout so that you can easily reach it.
By installing the sconce above the chairs in the dining area, the height can be selected so that the device was slightly above the head of the seated person.
Features of the installation
Select the lighting devices and plan their placement around the room is still at the repair stage. Actual this is for the sconce.
Two or more cable outlet points should be provided, depending on the design features of the luminaire.
Draw a three-dimensional model of your kitchen on a sheet or in a special computer program, applying all the places of installation of devices, as well as their switches.
After completing the repair, you will not be able to hide the wires, which will not only spoil the aesthetic picture, but will also interfere with you.
If it turns out that you will still install the sconce after the walls have been completely decorated, cover the cables with special plastic boxes. They will certainly remain noticeable, but they will not be so obvious as the wires themselves.
How to install a bracket with your own hands
Want to install a wall lamp yourself? Stock up with a wire of the required length, a perforator, a screwdriver, a drill, a hammer, a voltage indicator, as well as fasteners, in particular screws and dowels.
We execute several stages in sequence:
- mark on the wall the direct mounting location of the lamp;
- assemble the wall into a one-piece structure, as indicated in the instructions;
- disconnect the electric current;
- Mark the locations of the fasteners and make the corresponding holes for the bracket or plate that is included in the delivery of the luminaire;
- in the holes, install the dowels and fasten the brackets to them;
- connect the socket to the wires removed from the wall, using a phase and zero cable tester;
- connect the other components of the fixture to the cartridge;
- check the operation of the device.
After the completion of these works, you will only have to see how stylish and effective the sconces look in the interior of the kitchen.