Modern LED technology expands design possibilities in kitchen & bath lighting.
Improvements in cost, function, and aesthetics in LED lighting have created endless opportunities in interior design. Versatile products such as strips, tape, rope, and pucks, can add accent lighting almost anywhere in your kitchen and bath. And with a broad spectrum of color choices and brightness options for every style, it is no wonder LED lighting is becoming so popular.
The initial investment for LED could be larger than other more traditional options for interior lighting, especially when involved in a full kitchen or bathroom remodel, but their real value lies in the long-term energy cost reduction. That and all of the fabulous and creative ways designers are incorporating LED lighting.
Here are a few ideas and tips on how you could add LED into your new kitchen or bathroom.
Adding LED strips under toe-kicks of cabinets can render a floating effect. Also, works for great under a bathroom vanity cabinet as a nightlight for kids.
Add LED tape inside deep drawers and kitchen cabinets to improve visibility.
Adding LED strips under cabinet adds a warm glow to a kitchen. Add a color to that LED that can change the color of the backsplash at night.
Line recessed spaces and under exposed shelves to elevate their look and improve visibility.
The peak of technology in consumer LED lighting is giving you the ability to control these design-rich lights via a smartphone app. Change the colors, turn the lights up or down from your phone. It’s a pretty exciting time in the kitchen and bath design and a lot of that design enthusiasm is technology based.
Technology has snuck into the kitchen along with its friends, progress and innovation. While the basic tenets of traffic flow, access, and overall aesthetics still dominate kitchen design, the minutia has become more interesting. Things like smart faucets that use sensors to turn off and on and smart fridges that remind you when you need milk are only the tip of the tech iceberg.
LED technology is changing interior lighting design drastically. Moody under cabinet lighting and illuminated drawers and cabinets are very popular in today’s market. Even appliances like dishwashers have options for interior lighting.
Cabinet hardware has been undergoing changes also. Quiet, soft-touch drawer and cabinet openings are becoming commonplace. Today, there are great options for lifting cabinet doors, hidden hardware, and retro-yet-functional options.
Addressing personal electronics, the modern kitchen now must handle the need for extra power sources and connectivity. Docking drawers, charging stations, hidden ports, and retractable electronic strips are common requests that are not going to go away soon.
Modern kitchens have morphed into multi-purpose spaces. A LED television and accompanying technology are found in most kitchens. More and more kitchens are used as home office spaces too, again, making technology requirements mandatory for almost any kitchen remodel.
And for those who embrace the internet of things, how about a refrigerator who contents can be viewed from an app on your phone? According to international surveys, not many people find a need for such things yet when asked about important features of kitchen remodel. But as every generation alive has embraced and accepted the internet and computer technology to some degree, the inevitable addition of smart devices to the kitchen in upon us.