General lighting typically refers to the ceiling-mounted lights, wall-bracketed lights, and island pendant lightings. Intended for lighting up the kitchen in general, they are usually larger pieces than either accent lighting or task lighting. While general lightings are commonly incandescent or fluorescent overhead types, recent trend is toward recessed lighting. Because of its larger size and prominence, general lighting is the most important lighting element in setting the look and feel of the kitchen. Accent and task lightings complement general lighting to strengthen the kitchen theme. IKEA, Target, and Home Depot are three store chains that carry a wide variety of all kitchen lightings.
Task Lighting or Chore Lighting: It illuminates the most functional and practical part of your kitchen by providing adequate lighting for kitchen core tasks like chopping vegetables, cooking food and yes, reading recipes. Most of the accidents which occur in kitchen are mostly due to this tasks and proper task lighting design can really prevent them. Task areas should have sufficient light so you can easily see what you`re working on without too much brightness or eye-straining dimness. The main thing to remember here is most of the time task lighting instead of brightening up a task area, shadows it. For this to not take place, task lights is best placed between the actual work place and your head which makes lighting located say below the upper cabinets very helpful. For example, task lighting is placed over the sink, gas cooker and food preparation area, where close work is done regularly.
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