Lighting up a kitchen is one thing, executing the perfect lighting scheme for the island is another. Because they are so multipurpose in their function, its difficult to choose one specific sort of fixture for them. Their purpose tends to change with time of the day, type of people in the house and nearing of any specific event. So, what can we do?
Hang pendants over the island
It is the basic idea but quite effective even in the modern era. The point of consideration however is to go for at least two to three pendants rather than a single one. It must be at least 30-36 inches above the island and spaced about 18 inches in between. Fixtures such as Dokka Pendant light are contemporary in nature, would add a lot of chic to the kitchen and give a decent amount of light. But you also don’t want to focus the island to an extent that the rest of the kitchen feels void or under powered.
Therefore, it is a safer option to go for pieces like Sissi SP D5 Pendant Light. Not only are they simple and elegant in design but are also priced reasonably. As kitchen task lighting is at hand, therefore it is absolutely essential that you wire the pendants separately so that the overall brightness on the island is controllable. You would want plenty of light while cutting vegetables but not so much whilst having a quick breakfast.
Recessed lighting for a sophisticated look
Many homeowners don’t like hanging fixtures because they think it overcrowds the place. For such cases, recessed lights will come in to play. They will take no headroom and illuminate the island fully as well. You can arrange fixtures such as Sirius Linear Pendant Light in a linear or diamond-shaped design with specific number of lights attributed to a single switch because we need to follow the scheme of modern task lighting.
If you want slickness in the kitchen but not want to opt for chandeliers or pendants at the same time, pieces like Cloche Pendant Light need to be your pick. They have decorative housing which is the only part visible apart from the bulb obviously. It would grant that extra styling aura you desire without being very costly.
Utilize the islands themselves
The first option is rope light which can run through the entire length of the island or within specific portions. Fixtures such as Lambda LED Pendant Light can be purchased at affordable rates and as much as you need. The second option is the LED strips which will create a much cleaner effect than the previous fixtures and are much more energy-efficient. You have to choose between battery-powered and those which run on the main supply.
Sleek pieces are great choices because while they have to be wired to mains, their installation is executed in a jiffy and they are manufactured to operate for a very long time. If you don’t want these fixtures on the islands, these can also be placed under the neighboring cabinets and used as the source of mild luminescence.
Keep in mind
Make sure that you are not cramming up the space with fixtures just for the sake of task lighting for the island. You must be smart enough to choose suitable pieces that gets the job done with limited number.
In addition, the integration of LED bulbs in the lighting scheme is a must because we all know they are environmentally friendly, energy-efficient and serve for a longer time. No one would want an exquisite central piece with a bulb that goes out after a month or so.