A well-kit kitchen can add style and ambience to your home as well as providing a safe working area. The kitchen is where you prepare your meals and gather with your family and friends. The key to good lighting is to use a variety of ambient, task and natural light sources.
Take A Look At Your Space
The amount of lighting you need will depend on the size, and layout of your kitchen. Is there lots of natural light? Do you have high ceilings? Are the finishes in your space dark or light? Keep in mind, dark cabinets and countertops will absorb more light and will require up to 30% more lighting than white or light-colour surfaces.
Using A Variety of Light Sources
Below are some lighting ideas to consider that feature both style and function as well as keeping all your work spaces well-lit:
These simple lights provide great ambient lighting for the whole room. Lights should be placed 24-42" inches apart and spaced evenly around the room.
These elegant fixtures are no longer relegated to the dining room only and are becoming more popular in the kitchen as they can light up the room and add to your décor. Small, simple chandeliers can be hung in the center of the kitchen or over the sink area.
These essential light fixtures should be placed over all cooking and work surfaces as well as the sink. Here are a few options to choose from:
This lighting is installed underneath the length of your cabinets and mounted as close to the front edge as possible. This lighting supplements the overall ambient lighting to ensure good visibility when preparing meals. Choices include puck lights, rope lights, or LED or fluorescent strips.
Pendant fixtures provide necessary, direct illumination over work surfaces and depending on your style, can add a visual pop to your kitchen.
Create subtle mood lighting with halogen or LED puck or strip lights placed in areas around the kitchen to bring emphasize to China, cabinets or glassware.
Some important things to remember when the weather warms up!
Do not use electric-powered mowers on wet grass or around water. Always use an insulated extension cord designed for outdoor use with the correct power rating for that equipment.
Before you trim tree limbs and shrubs, watch out for power lines that could be hidden by foliage. Contact the utility if there are concerns about tree limbs growing into or around overhead power lines on your property.
Extension cords are a convenient way to supply power to an area that is just out of reach from an outlet. It's important to remember though that extension cords were made to use temporarily, and using them incorrectly can lead to serious electrical hazards.
Follow these simple guidelines to avoid hazards:
All extension cords must bear at least one of these certification markings:
- Use on a temporary basis only, they are not a long-term solution for power
- Only use extension cords that are properly rated for their intended use (indoor/outdoor), and meet or exceed the power needs of the appliance or tool being used
- Regularly inspect your extension cords for damage. Never use a cord that has any cracked or frayed sockets, loose or bare wires, loose connections, or feels hot - throw it away immediately
- Never run extension cords through walls or ceilings. This could cause the cord to overheat, creating a fire hazard
- Never nail or staple electrical cords to walls or baseboards
- Cords that become pinched in doors, windows, or under heavy furniture, could damage the cord’s insulation and create a hazard
- Never use extension cords in high-traffic areas like doorways or walkways where they pose a tripping hazard
- Plugs should be fully inserted so that no part of the prongs is exposed
If you can identify with any of these hazards in your home or business it may be time to install additional electrical outlets to reduce the use of extension cords.
Water and electrical components can be a dangerous combination. Be sure to test your GFCI monthly to be sure it is functioning correctly. A GFCI receptacle can be tested with the built-in test button, which will cause a small ground fault, tripping a properly working device.
To test your GFCI you should:
Push the “reset” button on the GFCI
Plug in a light or small appliance (turn on)
Push the “test” button – the light or small appliance should turn off
Push the “reset” button – the light or small appliance should turn on
If your GFCI does not function as above you should contact Alight Gas & Electric to have the GFCI checked and repaired.