Do you feel
unhappy in your
home and you
don't know why?
|Below is an example of a basic kitchen floor plan which we will add lighting to
|Here we have a basic kitchen layout. What we want to achieve here is to locate
the important aspects for lighting. First we have the room for general lighting.
Using recessed lights or high hats we can light both the room and concentrate
that light on the counter tops for good working light. So let's add some high hats
|Here we have High Hat recessed lighting added to the design. The red circles in the
diagram. These are approximately where you want the high hats located. By placing
the center at about the edge of the counter top you achieve maximum light on counter
tops while preventing shadows that would occur if they were to far back. Most times
lights can be placed in this manner but occasionally there may be an obstacle such as
a ceiling joist in the way. The lights over the island can be pendants or high hats.
In this diagram I would have 3 zones switched. One would be the lights over perimeter
counter tops. Another would be the three over the island and the sink light on a switch
by itself. Dimmers on all switches would provide the most flexibility in lighting the
Now let's add some under cabinet lighting
|Find all your lighting
|In this drawing we have Under Cabinet lighting added to the design. They are the
yellow strips in the diagram. This is the task lighting for the kitchen and is also accent
lighting. It can really bring out a tile back splash. Depending on the type of light used,
these can be switched as a group or they can have switches on the fixtures
themselves, or both. If it is within budget, it is best to try and cover all parts of the
counter with this type of light.
|Below are some examples of a recently completed job similar to this layout
|In this photo you can see how the under
cabinet lighting brings out the back splash.
In this kitchen we used a low voltage linear
|Now look at the same area with no under
cabinet light. The difference is dramatic.
Without the light that beautiful tile back
splash looks very ordinary.
|Another view with the lights in a corner
|This is a view of the entire kitchen. Notice
the ceiling lights, much like the diagram,
around the perimeter with two over the
island (one is out of photo).
|(C)Copyright 2003 Forte Electric Inc.