Designing With Light
in the Kitchen
The kitchen is primarily a work area, but it is also a
gathering place for family and friends. The variety
of functions require lighting solutions that are both
functional and comfortable.
A large ceiling fixture equipped with high color
rendering, energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs will
supply well-diffused ambient lighting. As the only
source, however, it will create shadows when you are
working at the counters. You will need supplemental
task lighting such as recessed downlights installed
approximately 12 inches away from the upper cabinets.
The fixtures should be placed not closer than 24 inches
apart and not farther than 48 inches apart. The cabinet
design will dictate location of the fixtures as well as the
type of recessed light you are using. Your ALA lighting
showroom consultant can assist you with the selection.
At the sink, an additional recessed downlight will
provide the illumination you need for washing dishes.
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