LED Monkey’s Guide to Lighting Your Kitchen with LEDs
One of the rooms in your home that requires a spruce up from time-to-time, the kitchen provides you with an ideal opportunity to flex your creative muscles in the décor department. This has been especially true since the advent of LED technology, so here’s a list of the best ways to utilise it in the hub of your home…
Glass Cabinets/Display Cabinets
In the kitchen, you may have glass-fronted cupboards or even a dedicated cabinet in which to house your best china, wine glasses or ornaments.
People are individuals with individual tastes and types of collection, but everyone likes to see theirs properly displayed for all the world to see.
LED strip lights represent a quick and easy solution to illuminating the inside of a display cabinet, and they’re available in a wide variety of types and colours to give you the exact effect you’re looking for!
Simple to install using their strong self-adhesive backing tape, LED Strip Lights won’t just last for years, they’ll actually save you money if you’re using them as replacements for incandescent or halogen cabinet lighting.
How do they achieve this? Well, they consume up to 90% less energy than traditional bulbs, so your lighting energy bill will fall accordingly. LEDs generate hardly any heat, so you won’t be needlessly warming the inside of your cupboards or cabinets, either!
The fun chocolate bunny video below illustrates how little heat an LED light generates compared to an old incandescent bulb. Mmmmm...CHOCOLATE!!!
While people have been using fluorescent bulbs and halogen spotlights under their cabinets for years, LED technology now enables you to achieve exactly the same effect for an absolute fraction of the price and more conveniently, too!
As with the aforementioned in-cabinet lighting, you can simply affix LED Strip Lights the underside of your cabinets, where they’ll definitely give your kitchen space a wow factor, especially if you choose the colour-changing types like LED pixel tape.
As the kitchen can become quite damp with steam or splashing water, ensure that you opt for LED strip that has a sufficiently high IP-Rating. Anything from IP44 to IP67 will be absolutely fine for this purpose.
Alternatively, you could fix your LED tape in place with an aluminium profile. Especially manufactured to house and protect LED strip lights, aluminium profiles will ensure that your LED strip lights achieve their full 50,000-hour life expectancy and look amazing as well!
Recessed Lighting and Spotlights
LED spotlights simply belong in the kitchen. If you have sufficient space in which to recess your downlights, you really should give them a go.
They’ll give your space a wonderfully minimalistic, modern feel, while simultaneously being incredibly practical, too!
Providing an excellent level of brightness, spotlight bulbs such as the energy-efficient LED GU10 (pictured left) or the MR16 will provide just as many lumens of brightness as halogen models yet will cost 1/10th of the amount to run.
And what’s more, unlike the old halogen spotlights, LEDs are available in a variety of different colour temperatures, so you could install warm white (2700 – 3000K) LEDs above your dining table, while the food preparation area could be lit with cool white (6000K) LEDS – the former providing a cosy convivial glow and the latter a bright, clinical light that’s great for close work!
Prior to purchasing your LED spotlights, it's a good idea to ensure you have sufficient to light your room size, as their lumen-output can vary from manufacturer-to-manufacturer.
Large LED Light Fittings
Lighting accoutrements such as ceiling lights and wall and floor lamps can make an otherwise mundane space look amazing!
With recent advances in LED technology, manufacturers have devised some gorgeous faux traditional LED light bulbs that can literally transform your kitchen space into an evocative steampunk environment. Use them with large industrial or utilitarian lamp shades to create a space with a Victorian theme, and dining areas will look spectacular too!
The “Steampunk” look is very popular in lighting right now, especially since these appropriately shaped LED bulbs came to the market. And they’re available in lots of different varieties, including those resembling retro radio valves (pictured, right) and giant amber-coloured globes.
Give Us A Call
If you’d like to discuss LED lighting with the experts, please don’t hesitate to give us a call here at LED Monkey HQ. Our advisors can be reached on 0800 999 7797 or via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
And, if you're experiencing any LED light-related issues or difficulties, please head on over to our FAQs page where you'll find all the solutions you need!