Tips: How to use the LED in the kitchen?
Let us not mince words, LEDs (English acronym light-emitting diode) have actually revolutionized the lighting! The era of crass lighting practice — summarizing in the kitchen has a central chandelier and a few neons above the worktop — is bygone. Up to the efficiency without sulking creativity: the direct lighting of the backlight bright spots banners, no kitchen can not do without an LED lighting. «Infinitely less energy than conventional bulbs, LEDs also last much longer. Their assets will not stop there: they may vary in intensity and color and, above all, they can nest in every corner, so it is now possible to illuminate areas previously in the shadows «, insists Sophie Sire, creatrice of light and responsible atmosphere of the shop And light in Paris. Sophie Sire has agreed to decipher for us twelve LED solutions kitchen spotted on Journal.
1. Direct lighting
Twelve LED spotlights 5 watts on 12 meters? less energy than a conventional suspension and you will be far better enlightened. It is a commonly employed by solution architects, who for her to enlighten effectively everywhere, but nevertheless lack of search with Sophie.
Pro Tip: There are two LED spotlights types: spots with base requesting a withdrawal of 10 to 12 centimeters in the ceiling and LED wafers, the most recent, from 4 to 5 centimeters thick. Choose brand products, especially those with a guarantee of two to three years minimum, to avoid untimely breakdowns in the first year.
2. Vive la corniche
This light installation in Hamburg cuisine is more refined. It was conducted using a LED panel with a power strong enough to ensure a backlight to the ceiling and at the same time illuminate the table. The cornice was painted in a bright yellow to accentuate the effect of LED.
Pro Tip: Opt for LED panel of 20 watts / meter to illuminate effectively (about 95 euros / meter). The LED strips are accompanied by a transformer whose power depends on your installation.
3. bright baseboards
New use allowed by the LED, light plinths are often implementations today to create a dedicated backlight to the creation of an atmosphere. Magic guaranteed thanks to this halo takes off the ground and the furniture did seem in levitation.
Pro Tip: A band of 5 watts / meter is sufficient for this purpose (about 25 euros / meter). It is simply glue on a clean, flat surface or enclosed in an aluminum profile with opal diffuser (about 37 euros / meter).
Roberta Becherucci — Kitchens and Decoration
4. Credence EMPHASIZED
The neon lights that lit work plans should be regularly replaced. With a quality LED strip, your lights will last ten years. The installation of the kitchen designer Roberta Beccherucci, in Paris, requires a team profile angle of a LED strip, to install the bottom of the wall units.
Pro Tip : LED, electronic components, follow strict standards. They are qualified by a degree of protection (IP) has two numbers. The first evokes protection against dust, the second against water. For a credenza, Sophie advocated an IP44.
Architect Manuel Sequeira D.P.L.G
5. Rectangles of light
The architect Manuel Sequeira is a fan of lighting. He realized in this Parisian apartment unusual light commissioning with light panels: it is flush ceiling installation has integrated LEDs wall version. Evidence that divert a product of its basic use is creative!
Pro Tip : For a warm effect, as in the previous kitchen, go for a tonalite «warm white» (2700 Kelvin). To effect a «neutral white» as here, choose 3000 Kelvin.
6. Polar Frisson
The kitchen designers themselves offer more and more kitchen furniture with integrated lighting as in this English cuisine or LED strips were placed under the work plan to better emphasize. For a tone called «cool white», choose the 4000 Kelvin.
Pro Tip: The LED strips are energy efficient: a band of 1100 lumens per meter is equivalent to a 90 watt bulb but consumes only 15. One can henceforth afford to use mood lighting in the kitchen, which is use even by day, and not only dedicated a need for basic efficiency.
The credence and baseboards of this London kitchen were equipped with RGB LED strips (red, green, blue) that allow the color changes from a mixture of primary colors. According to Sophie, is a lighting appreciated for its fun side by those who love to entertain and surprise.
Pro Tip : RGB strips are more expensive than others, but require, in addition to the transformer, with remote pack (100 euros HT approximately) to change their colors and intensity. These bands also allow for hot or cool white lighting.
Webber + Studio, Architects
8. Behind installation
LED lighting is also possible in renovation as evidenced by this installation. The kitchen unit was installed before the paneling leaving a few centimeters or we went sliding a LED ribbon. We like the niche, it also illuminated.
Pro Tip: Calculate well your system because your LED strip should not be more than 10 meters long in order not to lose power. If you need two bands in parallel, using a «dual terminal secondary» branch on the transformer to supply the two cords.
Roberta Becherucci — Kitchens and Decoration
In the kitchen of a Parisian building, the lighting should be both efficient for cooking and pretty to match with that of the living room. The kitchen designer Roberta Becherucci has opted for sconces that give the lighting has an architectural touch and a ceiling fan which issued a lighting as powerful as discreet.
Pro Tip: These lights can be used with halogen or LED. For a bulb type G9 halogen, expect 2000 operating hours or two years because of two to three hours a day. The same bulb G9 LED will last 30,000 hours.
10. target lighting
LED advantageously replace neons above the worktop because they require less maintenance and consume less. It is often possible to built them, even in renovation, in the high componentS kitchen.
Pro Tip: The spots are the most common solution for this use. With their transformer, they take up more space than banners or sliders.
Alinea furniture Deco
11. Focus on the strips
Under senior Elements, it employs more generally of the rods that connect to each other with only one transformer for all. Here they are joined by a cable, but those that are interconnected as a continuous bright wire are deco.
Pro Tip: Headbands or quality LED strips have sixty per meter. The dots effect is of a lesser density in LED (about thirty per meter). Reglette 20 centimeters, about 23 euros HT. Also available in 30, 50, 80 centimeters.
Lighting Design Concept
12. Focus on the island
We see more and more backlit islets as in this kitchen of Septemes-les-Vallons. Nightfall, the facility tonalite «cool white» transfigure your kitchen and give him nightclub bar tunes.
Pro Tip: A headband 5 watts may be sufficient, but if you want to realize a wider band, you can use one or more bands «double track» (consisting of two LED strips, width 2.4 centimeters).
Sophie council last
The LED lighting is still figure of recent technological advanced and is not yet well known or mastery. Call a professional for your plants! You will be on selecting the right products and make your perennial installation, safe and effective.
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