Lighting Tips Archive

What are the best lighting options for your kitchen?

At Glow here are some of the questions we get asked every day…

“What is the best pendant lighting for my kitchen island?”

“How many lights should I install over my kitchen island?”

“Where to install your pendant lights in a kitchen?”

We thought we would try and help answer these questions.

Pendant lighting in kitchens has become more and more favoured in recent years. Having a focal point in a room gives a sense of balance as well as drama, plus it is a great opportunity to express your style and get creative.

Firstly it is important to consider other aspects of lighting you have in the room, for example: downlights, under cabinet lights, interior cabinet lights, wall lights and table lamps to help understand how much light you need to achieve from your pendant lights.

If your pendant lights are the main source of lighting in your kitchen you will need bright light to be used for task lighting. There are lots of different options of light bulbs available, as much as we love layering warm soft lighting, in your kitchen lighting needs to be practical. Cooler or daylight bulbs are the best type of light to see by. Downlights are a great way to spread the light evenly throughout your kitchen enabling food prep etc.

Also contemplate the natural light in the room, do you have lots of natural light flooding into the room? If you have lots of direct light pouring into the room you may want to use lightweight window dressings to diffuse the light entering the room and block any harsh sunlight.

In contrast to this, a lack of natural light will benefit from tips such as using mirrors specifically hung opposite windows to help the natural light bounce around the room, enhancing the natural light you do have. Even simply trimming foliage from around the windows will enhance the light coming in. Although being realistic, and living in the cold grey climes of Great Britain with long dark evenings it is vital to get the lighting right.

Thinking about the scale and amount of light required is the most important detail before choosing your lighting.

View your pendant lights as an accessory to embellish your kitchen and give it a finishing touch. The style and finish of your kitchen pendant lights is down to personal taste but be sure to think about the style of your kitchen and how to compliment the other areas of your space. Don’t be afraid to be bold, big pendants can look fabulous, even over a small island.

Interior designers think in odd numbers, for some reason objects arranged in odd numbers appear more appealing and distinctive to the eye. However it is essential to determine the scale and amount of light required when considering this, you don’t have to stick to this rule.

How many lights you have and where you install them depends on the space you are working with, nevertheless as a general rule of thumb lighting should be installed as follows:

30-36 inches (75-90cm) above your worktop surface.

Pendant lights should be installed 12-18 inches apart (30-45cm)

12-18 inches (30-45cm) in from the edge of your island.

This is a very rough guide but hopefully helps as a starting point when commencing your search for the perfect lighting.

In our next blog I will talk about textures, finishes and styles of lighting.







Home Lighting Tips

As autumn emerges and the dark nights loom, now is a good time to contemplate your lighting. I have recently put together a few pointers which I thought I would share.

Remember lighting can transform a space, do not be afraid to experiment, use a variety of lighting at different heights and set in different locations. This creates interest and enables you to accentuate areas of the space. Below is a photo of our William pendant in a kitchen hung at various heights.

Use dimmers to create more usable light which can be set at full and used for reading or cooking and then dimmed down to produce a more relaxed ambience.

Carefully select your light bulbs, colour temperatures of light bulbs are measured on the kelvin temperature scale, the higher the kelvin the cooler the light and the lower the kelvin the warmer orangey glow. Using a warm colour temperature of 2700 Kelvin – 3000 kelvin in living areas, and 3500 kelvin plus for task lighting, such as in the kitchen. Vintage lightbulbs look quirky and warm and are now available in many LED versions, which have a much longer lifespan.

Using shades made of ribbed or opal glass or parchment diffuses light allowing it out sideways giving a better spread of light. Using coloured interiors of shades such as gold, soften the light and give a warm glow.

If on a budget replace shades with vintage finds or brighten up pendants by replacing plain cables with coloured or patterned fabric cables.

Approximately 5% of household energy costs are used on lighting therefore selecting energy efficient light bulbs can make a big difference. Although the initial outlay may be higher for LED, a 4w LED lightbulb should last around 25 times longer than their 60w incandescent counterparts. Quirky vintage style LED filament lightbulbs are becoming readily available.

When comparing or replacing LED light bulbs with old style halogen or incandescent lightbulbs look at the lumen output rather than the wattage as this is a much better way of comparing the light output.



Photo 1: Humphrey large pendant and wall light, picture with Elsa 😉 Photo 2: William pendants Photo 3: Lovely coloured Bertie bespoke wheel, created for a client.