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    LED lighting in the kitchen

    by  • February 29, 2012 • lighting schemes, • Kitchen Design Advice • 1 Comment

    If you asked me what concept has changed the kitchen most in the last 10 years, I would have to say the use of LEDs.

    Colour-changing LED strips can really light up a room

    Colour-changing LED strips can really light up a kitchen

    These energy-saving, super-bright devices have snuck their way into almost every aspect of kitchen design, from popping up in plinths and under-cabinet task lighting to finding their way into appliances.

    One of the latest appliances to use LEDs to great effect is Panasonic‘s new American-style fridge freezers.

    This American-style fridge freezer from Panasonic conceals a bright secret

    Behind these sleek white doors is a double strip of LEDs that direct their light backwards to illuminate the contents – so no more blocking out the light when you’ve just filled your fridge with the week’s shopping.

    My snap from the recent unveiling shows it in a bit more detail:

    Smart LED fridge freezer lighting

    As well as this neat solution, the new fridge freezers boast a raft of other features including humidity-controlled drawers that prolong the life of fruit and vegetables and specially insulted walls that increase efficiency despite being ultra-slim.

    Not content with LEDs in cooling products, Panasonic have also just announced that it’ll shortly be launching traditional-look LED lightbulbs, designed to give the same warm glow as incandescent bulbs. So you can pop LEDs in your pendant lights too!

    The new LED lightbulb is a seriously bright idea

    What do you think has had the greatest impact on kitchen design? Leave us a comment below.


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    Let there be light

    by  • October 23, 2010 • lighting schemes, • Kitchen Inspiration • 0 Comments

    Illuminate an open-plan kitchen-diner

    Lighting is such an important part of a kitchen, but often it’s not something that is considered until it’s too late. From pendant lights to spots, dramatic uplighters to practical task lighting, it’s well worth thinking about what will work for you and getting some advice or ideas from the experts.

    In BK’s recent November issue we have a real mix of lighting in our featured kitchens and I particularly like the symmetrical pendant lights in Debbie and Alastair MacKenzie’s scheme, as well as  the ornate chandelier in Dean and Karen Jackson’s design – it just goes to show, there’s always room for a spot of glamour!

    Neatly hung white pendant lights


    The Jacksons’ stylish chandelier

    If you’re looking for a pendant light that will pack a punch, Dunelm Mill’s new collection of winter lights may just fit the bill. I’m a fan of this striking Bamboo pendant…

    And the Metal Floral Leaf Ball Pendant Lampshade



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