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!
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 magazine. 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 looks at how good lighting can influence the successful design of rooms in the home.
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 writes regularly on Sustainability within the Lighting Industry.
John Bullock is presenting a series of seminars to all RIBA regions during 2015, as part of the RIBA CPD Core Programme.