In this kitchen project, all lighting – ambient, task and accent — use exclusively fluorescent or LED lamps.
The primary ambient lighting comes from daylight – windows, glass doors, and a special type of skylight known as a “Suntunnel”. During daylight hours, no artificial lighting is needed. Light from the suntunnels come through the 14” diameter lenses in the lowered orange ceiling to the right in the image, above and below. In the kitchen, additional ambient lighting comes from recessed dimmable fluorescent lights – they are positioned to also provide task lighting over the countertops.
Task lighting comes from fluorescent strip lighting under the upper cabinets and from a single sconce that provides both down and uplighting to the right of the windows in the picture, below. The candelabra lamps in the hood were replaced with LED lamps. The mini-cans in the ceiling above the breakfast table are LED’s that provide concentrated task lighting for reading the paper at the table.
In the dining room, LED cove lighting provides both ambient and accent lighting. The LEDs are on a dimmer so that the light level can be set for mood lighting or ambient lighting sufficient to read by.
All images courtesy of Braitman Design/Build.