LED Lighting Design for Your Kitchen and All Through the Home
LED lighting technology has revolutionized the ways we illuminate our Houston homes. Older lighting technology gave us few choices in how to light our home. The same lighting theme was often seen in home after home. Once LED lighting became available, it offered us variety and convenience. An LED lighting design for your kitchen and home can markedly improve your home’s aesthetics and transform your living space.
How is LED Lighting Different?
LED lights are light-emitting diodes. LED lights conserve energy and last much longer than traditional lighting. Rather than change out your bulbs every three months or so, LED lights last up to 10 years or more. Instead of having the inconvenience of lights burning out suddenly, LED lights dim very slowly over a long period of time.
Unlike the fluorescent and incandescent lighting of old, LED lights won’t overheat your home. LED lighting is superior in managing thermal output and heat, yet LED bulbs light your home in an exceptional way and are brighter than traditional lighting.
With LED lighting applications, you have an abundance of design choices. Traditional lighting technology didn’t offer the diverse options LED lights do. Some of the more common LED lighting solutions are:
- Undercabinet lighting
- Recessed lighting
- Decorative lights for the ceiling
- Task lighting
- Accent lighting
- Landscape lighting for your outdoor space
- Wall lighting
LED lights have luminaries for every possible lighting application. In fact, the choices are so wide and varied, that it often takes a skilled professional to determine the best solutions for your home. But, when you consider lighting as another interior design element, it makes sense to have it done right.
Kitchen LED Lighting
There can be no doubt that your home’s kitchen area likely needs more illumination than any other room in the house. Recessed lighting is typical in kitchens, as are high ceilings.
There are a plethora of LED lighting options for your kitchen. In addition to recessed lights, here are some other ideas:
- Highlighting architectural features. The kitchen isn’t often an area you might think of as having architectural accents. But items like cove molding or a beamed ceiling can be beautifully spotlighted with LED lights.
- Under-cabinet lights. Under-cabinet lighting has the potential to create a new eye-catching architectural feature in your kitchen. But the best advantage is that under-cabinet lights make tasks easier and improve the functionality of your kitchen. And, while you work to get meals for your family, you’ll stay cool and not feel overheated like you would with halogen lights.
- Glass-front cabinets or floating shelves. If your kitchen has collectibles or antique tea sets tucked away in glassed cabinets or on shelves, LED lighting can help showcase them.
- Task lighting. Task lighting isn’t limited to areas where you work. You can use LED lights to illuminate drawers to find items easier or to add light to darker areas of the kitchen.
- Accent lighting. Accent lighting makes sense for built-in glass-front cabinets, but it can also be lovely above cabinets or below cabinets near the floor. If you have a glass backsplash, you’ll also want to take advantage of LED accent lights to show it off.
- Pendant lighting. What better room is there than the kitchen to incorporate a lovely LED-powered pendant into the design scheme? Pendant lights add style and lots of illumination while saving on energy.
- Chandelier lights. If you want to add a focal point to the kitchen, hang an LED-lit chandelier. Chandeliers aren’t just for ballrooms anymore! Many Houston homeowners have found that chandeliers are the missing ingredient in their kitchens.
LED Lighting Throughout the Home
The best lighting plan layers light throughout the home. That is, it uses a combination of fixtures to cater to the variety of activities within the home. Lighting designers use the TADA method to achieve this.
TADA stands for task, ambient, decorative, and accent lighting. When you use all four throughout your home, it offers you a superior lighting solution.
Task lighting adds focus to the various activities performed in the home, whether it’s meal prepping, reading, or putting together hobby airplanes. Table lamps, undercabinet lights, or puck lights are great examples of task lighting.
Ambient lights set the mood of your rooms. Recessed lighting and chandeliers provide ambient lighting, but the type of lighting isn’t all there is to create an ambient living space. How and where the lights are positioned control the overall vibe in the room. This is another area where the help of an experienced lighting designer can make the best use of the lighting scheme in your home. Adding dimmers can also control the level of brightness throughout the day and evening.
Every design concept is achievable through the use of LED lighting. LED technology is available in a varied range of choices, including color temperatures and styles. Lighting design has never been more creative or fun, thanks to LED lighting solutions.
Accent lights can be a combination of task and decorative lighting. If your living room has a high ceiling, a pendant fixture can help add more light while drawing attention up towards the top. In a large space like a living room, some owners add multiple pendants of different lengths to create a visual effect.
LED lights are the ultimate lighting solution for your Houston home. Layering various LED lighting fixtures throughout your kitchen and house will bring the perfect amount of illumination into your home.
Our experienced lighting designers can make it happen. The team at Illuminations Lighting Design can help you carry out the perfect LED lighting plan for your home.
The brilliant beams of LED will improve your home’s aesthetics while enhancing areas that need better light for functionality.
Contact our office to schedule a call. While we’re centrally located in the Greater Houston Metropolitan area, we serve clients in Royal Oaks, River Oaks, West University, Southside, Bellaire, Memorial, and in many other areas of Texas. We can’t wait to make your home a brighter place for you to live!