We can never repeat it enough, the kitchen is undoubtedly the heart of the house. As such, this room must benefit from well thought-out, efficient lighting that not only ensures the conviviality of the premises, but also the safety of its users. Among the most popular lighting fixtures for this part of the house is the kitchen hanger. How to make the right choice? Our advice!
The suspension in general has only one light source. It consists of a cable that can be quickly fixed to the ceiling and whose height can be adjusted. In addition to being delivered with a retractable electrical cord, this type of luminaire comes in a plethora of colors, materials and designs.
Once fixed to the ceiling, the kitchen pendant luminaire must be able to emphasize the natural light of the room and blend in with the decoration of the premises. Imagine, for example, what a modern kitchen chandelier would look like in a clean and bright decor, or an original kitchen chandelier in a bohemian and chic ensemble...
For an easy choice in front of the wide range of kitchen hangers in our online store, here are our tips :
Evaluate the spacing you want between your suspended fixtures, if you plan to install several kitchen ceiling lights.
Make sure that the height between, for example, your kitchen ceiling lighting and the work surface will allow you to use the area comfortably and safely.
Use our filter to choose your suspension and the bulb you want to use (energy efficient, LED, dimmable, etc.). Note that glass and plastic are ideal for the kitchen, as these materials are easier to clean (greasy).
As with any room in the house, the kitchen requires a three-layer lighting system:
General lighting: to illuminate the kitchen in a global way. The power of the luminosity is to be adapted according to the surface area of the premises.
Functional lighting: it allows you to cook in comfort and safety by focusing on a specific area (hob, worktop, sink, etc.). This type of lighting can also be used for the inside of cupboards.
Accent lighting: here, the aim is to consolidate the atmosphere in the kitchen, which should be pleasant. By playing on colors, this kitchen ceiling lighting is intended to highlight distinctive objects or volumes.
For the spacing between the bottom of your suspension and the surface to be lit, count between 70 and 80 cm.
The amount of hangers needed will probably not be the same as if you choose recessed spotlights! The article "How to determine the necessary quantity of lumens per m² for optimal lighting" explains how to calculate the ideal amount of lighting for each room in the house, including the kitchen!
In the meantime, we advise you to equip this room with functional cool white lighting, between 4000 and 4500K. You will thus obtain a powerful lighting, with a good color rendering, ideal for cooking, eating, cleaning. If you prefer a cosy and warm atmosphere, choose a lighting in this direction, which is then around 3000 to 3500K.
It all depends on the size of the room and the spaces to be lit (counter, table, worktop, etc.). The size of your suspension will play on the atmosphere of the room. If it is too large, it will "crush" it while if it is too small, it will not provide enough light.
- To determine the ideal width of your future hanger, measure the length and width of the room to be equipped with it and add the two together:
Length (in meters) + width (in meters) = width in centimeters
- To determine the ideal length to hang from your fixture, measure your ceiling height and divide by 5.5 :
If the height between the floor and the ceiling is 2.5 m / 5.5 = 0.45 cm, the bottom of your suspension should stop at 45 cm from the ceiling.
If you opt for suspension, this type of kitchen fixture can't do the job alone! If you have enough wall space, why not add, for example, wall lights for accent lighting?
If your kitchen also has a dining area, choose the areas to be lit to draw or divert attention to certain areas. For example, focus lighting on your collection of beautiful copper pots and avoid the sink, which can hold dirty dishes. Why not captivate your guests with a beautiful kitchen chandelier?
Pay particular attention to the height between the bottom of your suspension and the surface above which you will attach it. This height should allow for comfortable use and smooth movement of people.
For a safe installation of your kitchen light fixture, call a certified professional, especially if you have no knowledge of electricity.
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