Roundhouse wood kitchensContemporary Kitchen, London
Roundhouse Urbo and Metro random walnut veneer kitchen with granite worksurfaces. Led light strips by Mr Resistor in warm white.
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Light them upIf you want to be creative with lighting, LED strips are a great place to start. By fitting them along the edges of walls and furniture, you can add a whole new dimension to a room. Here, the designers have highlighted the kitchen island by lining the kickboard with a strip of LED lights. The effect is quite stunning, and creates the illusion that the island is floating.Want to chat through your kitchen lighting ideas? Find a lighting designer near you
Highlight the detailsThe LED strip lights under this kitchen island create an ethereal effect, and make it appear to float. The lighting scheme also highlights the well-finished cabinetry and joinery details. You can buy LED tape flex strip lights from most large hardware stores. They can be cut to size and come with an adaptor that you plug straight into the wall.
Light it upFitting LED lighting strips to an island will brighten it up and mark it out as a feature. Fix them below the worktop or at the base, tucked above the kickboard, for a chic, contemporary feel and to give your island a fun glow.
Love LEDsLighting is very important and, if in doubt, most homeowners tend to be prudent and plan for more light rather than less. By adding lots of lights, though, it can easily be forgotten how much energy they use. New LED lights are more expensive than halogen or incandescent bulbs, but they are much more durable. Paying a bit more upfront will give you big cost savings in the future and, since you don’t need to replace LED lights for 10 years or more, there will be less waste, too.If you plan on replacing your current ceiling lights with LED lights, it’s usually quite easy, as the sizes for spotlights, for example, are mostly similar. However, since LEDs are not strictly speaking bulbs one can replace, they are usually integrally linked with the lamp, so they cannot be separated. If in doubt, speak to your supplier or architect.Browse a beginner’s guide to LED lighting
Make the most of their bonus featuresThere are further benefits to choosing LEDs over halogens and incandescents. LEDs do not heat up, which aids energy-efficiency and cost-effectiveness, and also greatly improves safety in the home. LEDs contain no poisonous mercury or easily shattered glass, meaning they’re less of a safety hazard if they break. They also turn on to full brightness instantly, unlike their low-energy alternatives, CFL lamps. It’s worth investing in the better LED lamps available, as they will function for many, many years, saving you the effort and money of replacing them frequently.Find out more about the cost effectiveness of LEDs