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Altalinea : privilege 3years replacement

          For three years from the purchase of your kitchen, you rest assured, that anything that might happen to your kichen, is going to be replaced, using the privilege Altalinea 3 years of replacement, even if the model is out of production. To be understood, however, let's take an example: your kitchen has, among others, 4 cupboards with doors made of glass, and for some reason, a door has been destroyed. As if that were not enough, the factory has changed its production and this specific element does not exist as it is replaced  with a new one. Altalinea,...

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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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Ergonomics in the kitchen

Ergonomics is the science that studies the relationship of people with the objects they use and the spaces they live in. In the kitchen, the need to have everything on hand and to move freely and tirelessly is often not satisfied because furniture is rarely designed to meet the physical features of each user. When buying a product it is important to find out about the aspects that allow you to make a rational choice in order to avoid working in a kitchen in which getting into uncomfortable positions that are harmful for your health becomes inevitable. Valcucine has developed ergonomic...

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Ergonomic routes

// Working in the kitchen can be very tiring, notwithstanding the help given by many accessories and by electrical appliances. Good space organisation can reduce obstacles and unnatural and useless movements. Arranging various kitchen areas by respecting distances and organising logical routes is the starting point to make work in the kitchen creative and fun. A simple rule is to connect the preserving area (larders, refrigerator), the washing area (sink, dishwasher) and the cooking area (hob), by means of small triangles. The sum of the three sides that connect them should not exceed...

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Height and depth of worktop

// // To work standing before a worktop that is too low or too high obliges the person to assume incorrect postures that, in the long run, can have serious consequences on physical health. Due to the fact that the average height of mankind is increasing, it is advisable to offer worktop heights that vary depending on the needs of the user. This way, he/she will work more comfortably. Alta linea  offers various worktop heights depending on the height of the person. Traditional 60cm deep base units have now evolved towards greater and more ergonomic depths. Valcucine offers the 65cm depth...

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What are the minimum distances to be respected?

// A - A distance of 120  cm between the table and a wall or any other obstacle is the minimum distance required to allow a person to walk behind a seated one, in the direction shown in the drawing. B - To allow a person to work and even open doors and drawers behind a person seated, it is necessary to leave a minimum distance of 135cm between the edge of the table and the unit behind it. If the unit is 80cm deep, this distance must be increased by 15cm. C - To determine the distances to leave between the worktops and other elements situated in front of them, it is necessary to keep in mind...

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What is the most comfortable way to open a wall unit?

// ERGONOMIC OPENING METHODS A - The wall unit with a balanced lift-up door guarantees great practicality and freedom of movement and allows you to work safely even when the door is open. The oleodynamic balancing pistons allow you to open the door with a light upward touch of the hand. B - The wall unit with horizontally-folding doors reduces the space taken up by normal wall unit doors that are an obstacle to movement and to sight. It is easy to open them thanks to a system of hinges and sliding runners.

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