It doesn't matter whether you're turning out gourmet offerings or turning out TV dinners from a foil tray - the kitchen is a workshop and you need to be able to see what you're doing.
One of the biggest lighting disasters of recent years is the indiscriminate use of downlights. They pepper the ceiling, burning up the electricity and often achieving nothing more than highlighting the floor behind you. And now we have LED downlights that DON'T burn up electricity, while achieving nothing more than highlighting the floor behind you.
SO KEEP IT SIMPLE: the light should be between you and the things that you're cutting-up with that very sharp knife. Light travels in a straight line and can't find it's way round you - that's why we have shadows.
Everything else is dressing, so if you've spent loads of money on that fantastic new kitchen system, be happy to dress the space with anything else that takes your fancy, but remember - when all's said and done IT'S A WORKSHOP!
Home lighting - making it a bit special
Think Global - Act Local!
Talking about LED light bulbs
Lighting the Home: Design Starts Here ... not Here!
Lighting the Home: by The Rules
Lighting the Home: The Kitchen: 2
Lighting the Home: The Basics
Lighting the Home: all those Lamps!
Lighting the Home: Keeping it Real
Lighting the Home: Having Fun!
Lighting the Home: The Bathroom 2
Lighting the Home: Lighting Control
Lighting the Home: The Kitchen 1
Lighting the Home: The Bathroom 1
John Bullock writes a regular column for lighting magazines. You can find all of the archived pieces here.
BLOGS - LIGHTING DESIGN
John Bullock writes about all things and anything concerning architectural lighting design; new technologies and old lamps; anything,really.
HOME LIGHTING CONSULTANT
John Bullock designs innovative lighting designs for people's homes. By working closely with clients he is able to deliver solutions that meet - and exceed - their expectations.
BLOGS - CPD RIBA CORE PROGRAMME 2015
John Bullock will be presenting a seminar on latest lighting design and technologies as part of the RIBA CPD Core programme 2015
BLOGS - SUSTAINABILITY
John Bullock believes that the UK lighting industry needs to embrace a sustainable way of delivering good quality product through good design, fabrication and end-of-life management.
John Bullock is presenting a series of seminars to all RIBA regions during 2015, as part of the RIBA CPD Core Programme.
Can Smart Lighting Save The Planet?
Lighting for the Home - The Bathroom
Can Lighting Save Us From Ourselves . . . NO!
Lighting for the Home - The Dining Room
Lighting for the Home - Lighting for the Kitchen
The Life and Times of the LED - Article 10
The Life and Times of the LED - Article 9
The Life and Times of the LED - Article 8