INTD 52 kitchens—the new gathering place. have become the new centers for entertaining more casual way of entertaining trend toward more open house plans—

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  • INTD 52 kitchensthe new gathering place
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  • have become the new centers for entertaining more casual way of entertaining trend toward more open house plans newly defined space is often called a great room
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  • this impacts lighting designkitchen should now be as inviting as the rest of the house remember light layers! under-cabinet lighting general illumination accent lighting
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  • under-cabinet lighting first step toward successful light layering mounted below the wall cabinets provides an even level of illumination along countertopsbetween your head and the work surface to cut down on shadows
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  • under-cabinet lighting come in a variety of styles and lamp sources mounted toward the front of the cabinet, project a portion of the light toward backsplash
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  • mounted at the back of the cabinet, light can hit people directly in the eye if they are sitting down
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  • under-cabinet lighting often faced with the challenge of highly reflective surfacesblack granite or glossy tile choose a reflector that points light to backsplash
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  • under-cabinet lighting
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  • what if backsplash is shiny too? talk to clients firstchoose a matte finish miniature recessed adjustable luminaires with louversfalse bottom in cabinet to hide housings
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  • under-cabinet lighting
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  • general illumination ambient light plays an important role variety of options: pendants linear luminaires above cabinets cove lighting series of wall sconces
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  • general illuminationpendants
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  • general illuminationlinear
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  • general illuminationcove lighting
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  • general illuminationwall sconces
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  • general illuminationskylights great source during the day best are made of white opal acrylic or fitted with diffusing material at night, light sources can be mounted within skylight to produce adequate light
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  • general illuminationskylights
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  • general illumination title 24 first switch in the kitchen must be fluorescent efficiency of at least 40 lumens per watt
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  • general illumination title 24
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  • accent lighting ceiling heightnatural lightwork surfaces affect the placement or amount of light used many other facets affect it as well: color reflectance texture mood tone code windows sloped ceilings pot racks door swings
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  • accent lighting color darker finished surfaces absorb more light an all white kitchen requires dramatically less light (40-50%) than a kitchen with dark wood cabinets and walls
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  • accent lighting reflectance highly polished countertop (or other surface) has a high degree of reflectance acts as a mirror
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  • accent lighting texture you may choose to show off textural quality of surfaces (brick or stucco) direct light at an acute angle onto textured surfacelight too far away will smooth out walls
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  • accent lighting mood remember flow from kitchen to dining to living roomkitchen should be just as inviting as rest of house ambient light softens shadows and creates a warm glow
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  • accent lighting tone make a color temperature choice that works well with skin tones and room colors
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  • accent lighting code title 24 today many decorative luminaires are made to take compact fluorescents that have dimming capabilities
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  • accent lighting windows let in wonderful light during the day become black holes at night unless consideration is given to exterior lighting
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  • accent lighting sloped ceilings select special recessed luminaires that dont cause glare some are made especially for sloped ceilings while others have a 90-degree aiming capability
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  • accent lighting pot racks extremely difficult to light a work surface through cookware consider installing recessed adjustable luminaires to cross-illuminate the counter surfaceincrease amount of ambient light to diminish shadows
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  • accent lighting door swings make sure light switches are on the unhinged side of a door make sure you are informed of swing changes that occur during construction
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  • INTD 52 dining roomsthe main event
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  • dining room used to be the last holdout for traditional static furniture arrangementnow want to reclaim under-utilized room tables more flexible in size fold down divide into two pushed up against wall for buffet-style dining changes create a need for FLEXIBLE lighting
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  • dining room as dining tables began to be moved around, the centered chandelier started getting in the way
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  • dining room
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  • for traditional feel with more flexibility: specify a decorative luminaire that hugs the ceiling doesnt look odd when table isnt centered
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  • for traditional feel with more flexibility: select a pendant light on a pulley system allows client to raise and lower as needed
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  • for traditional feel with more flexibility: traditional chandelier could be hung in a recessed dome or coffer links it to ceiling configuration instead of table
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  • for traditional feel with more flexibility: decorative luminaire mounted over the table should be at least 12-inches narrower than the tabletop bottom of the fixture should be 30-36 inches from tabletop if ceiling is higher than 8 ft, add 3 inches per additional foot varies according to room layout and ceiling slope
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  • modern-style homes rely instead on recessed adjustable luminaires
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  • make sure luminaires are not pointed straight downcast harsh shadows and create glare keep outer two angled at less than 45 degrees in order to create a soft underlighting of peoples faces
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  • same luminaires can be redirected toward the wall when the table is being used as buffet
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  • even with a chandelier, the addition of two recessed adjustable lights on either side will help at drama to the table
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  • decorative sconces act as jewelry for a dining room think of the chandelier as the crown sconces as the earrings
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  • ambient lighting solution chosen for table illumination does not complete lighting scenariodecorative luminaires can easily overpower the rest of the elements of the space ambient options previously mentioned work here as well: torcheres wall sconces cove lighting
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  • accent lighting 2-3 recessed adjustable over dining table single-downlights accent centerpieces next look for possible areas in need of accent: walls side table/buffet plants art every piece does not have to be illuminated
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  • candles candles do countbut need to be used correctly as well typically candles are placed flanking centerpiece at eye level problems?
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  • candles use candles that are either lower or higher than eye level provides a low, soft complimentary uplighting
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  • candles use candles that are either lower or higher than eye level adds romance without the glare
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  • dining room light layering is key dimmers offer many levels of illumination goal is to create a balanced illumination that enhances other elements of your design
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