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    Lighting design for an open plan kitchen

    Posted on: 23 Apr 2020. Category: Lighting design for an open plan kitchen

    How to light your open plan kitchen and lounge area
    A step by step guide from our award wining lighting designer
    Fraser Besant. Find out more about his work on his website

    Step 1

    Primary lighting. This is very important in a kitchen and to achieve good levels of even light I would always recommend a recessed LED downlight. You can buy dedicated LED downlights but if the LED fails or has issues this means the whole unit must be replaced. I tell my customers to buy a GU10 fire rated downlight which you can easily change the lamp over. When you are positioning your downlights focus on the high usage areas of the kitchen such as the worktops and island. Below is an example of a lighting design I did recently for a customer. You can see how I have positioned the downlights to get the best spread of light. 


    There are two types of primary downlight that I always use on my designs. A normal mains fire rated Evofire downlight. The LED sits at the front of the light and you get the full 36-40 degree beam angle from the LED. This is what I use in the main kitchen to get a good spread of light. Then there is the baffled Evofire. This is where the LED is pulled back up into the ceiling meaning you can a more focused sword of light. These are more discreet and subtle. They are ideal around dining tables, in lounges and to acheive a wall wash effect. Both are detailed below.
    They are our best selling downlights and always receive good feedback. 




    Your Pendants
    There are many styles, sizes and finishes of pendants on the market. For me as a designer though there is only one obvious choice when looking to best light your kitchen. With open plan living spaces it is all about the space and showing off the room A metal or fabric pendant hanging down at head height will detract from the view across the room. I always recommend a simple clear glass pendant. Three over the breakfast bar and one over the dining table. You can fit them with a gorgeous filament LED lamp and really enjoy the open plan feel of the room. On or off they are simple, modern and discreet.