LIGHTING THE WAY FOR A SAFER (AND MORE BEAUTIFUL) KITCHEN
I remember very well that day in my early forties when I was forced to buy my first pair of reading glasses. My arms weren’t long enough to hold the printed page far enough away to read. Oh joy!

OLDER (NOT OLD) EYES
I won’t go into the physiological reasons why are eyes change as we become older (notice I didn’t say “old eyes”. But the symptoms of these changes we can relate to.

HOW OUR VISION IS AFFECTED
A few examples are:

  • Light is scattered.
  • Extreme sensitivity to glare.
  • Slower response to changing light levels.
  • Reduced ability to discern images in poor light.

Are any of these symptoms familiar? While proper lighting is important in every room, I’m going to single out the kitchen. In this space good and strategic lighting is critical lest we cut off a finger, trip over the dog, or put too much garlic in the meatballs!

BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLES OF KITCHEN LIGHTING FOR “EXPERIENCED” EYES

These photos from HOUZZ show how a kitchen can be safely illuminated without sacrificing beautiful design.
contemporary kitchen by Forum Phi
by Forum Phi
Lighting above the cabinets bathes the ceiling providing more all over light reflection without glare.

 

contemporary kitchen countertops by Rugo Stone, LLC

Matte countertops reduce glare.

modern kitchen countertops by Concrete Shop Honed marble instead of polished reduces glare.

by Concrete Shop

 

Using materials such as cement or soapstone, also reduce glare.

 

Down lighting over specific areas like the sink and prep areas is part of overall lighting. Recessed lights in the ceiling serve this function as well.

 

traditional kitchen lighting and cabinet lighting by EnvironmentalLights.com

Task lighting such as under cabinets or over an island, safely help light out way.
Lighting has been placed inside drawers to easily see the contents.

 

Here you see an example of over all lighting. There’s natural daylight, recessed lighting and task lighting, leaving no dark corners. Also the flat surfaces use materials that eliminate glare.

 

modern kitchen lighting and cabinet lighting by Kichler

In this photo, lights are used in glass-front cabinets and as toe-kick lighting. This delineates spaces so you see what is where.  They also cast a lovely glow at night when the kitchen is not in use.

Overall, as we get older, we will or do require 2 to 5 times more light to see the same way as our grandchildren can. Not to worry, they, too, will be where we are someday!

It doesn’t really matter what physical changes in our home need to be made to accommodate our bodies as are being blessed with more and more birthdays.

We adapt knowing that we don’t have to forfeit beauty in order to live in a safe and productive environment that everyday enhances our sense of well-being.

Email me if you need help in lighting your home or a loved one’s in order to make it safer, as well as more beautiful. I’d love to help.

Until next time…

Blessings,

Nancy


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