KITCHEN LIGHTING

Kitchen lighting

          The kitchen is the room in the home in which good lighting is more important than in other rooms: this contributes to reducing the risk of accidents and improves visibility during food preparation. Thus, it is necessary to carefully study both artificial and natural lighting by means of suitable windows and doors.

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Artificial lighting

        In the kitchen, good visibility contributes to reducing accidents and creating a cosy atmosphere. The right lighting must be planned for each area of the kitchen. Direct lights create very well-lit areas while others remain in the shade, allowing you to create special atmospheres. However, too strong light and dark contrasts can be irritating and tiring for the eyes. In this case, it is important to soften them by using lighting that creates a gentle diffused light. A - A ceiling-hung light behind a person standing creates a dark shadow that falls...

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Natural lighting

        It is necessary to plan windows and doors carefully to create an environment that is well-lit and comfortable even during the day. Directing light through adequately-sized windows allows you to save on electricity as well as promoting greater psychological and physical well-being (badly-lit rooms create a gloomy and sullen atmosphere). A - If the worktop faces a window, attention must be paid to prevent direct sunlight, or light reflected by pale-coloured surfaces facing the window, from dazzling or irritating the eyes. A1 - It is a good idea to fit a blind...

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The electric sockets

        The kitchen is the room containing the largest quantity of household applinaces in the house. Some of the appliances are permanently connected while others are turned on or off as needed. Often refrigerators, dishwashers and ovens are connected to sockets installed at 17.5cm from the floor, at the back of base units. Problems may arise when it is necessary to disconnect an appliance for maintenance or repairs: in these cases it will be necessary to dismantle the kitchen. The ideal solution is an electric board with individual sockets and switches in the sink...

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