Run in the switch drop cable at the new rose, connecting its brown core to the spur’s brown, its blue core (flagged brown) to the live terminal and its earth to the earth terminal.
With a loop-in system, you can add a spur cable at the original ceiling rose to give power to a second light controlled by the same switch.
Decorative as well as functional, spotlights are one of the most versatile lights you can choose for your kitchen. Bar spotlights feature lights in a long series, whereas plate designs group the lights more closely together in a compact shape. With a number of lights to illuminate your kitchen, each bulb can be directed to focus the light just where you want it.
Light up the entire kitchen with tube lighting. Also known as batten lights, these are less about style and more about performance. Popular in kitchens, they’re also well suited to utility rooms, lofts and garages as their long tubes evenly distribute light throughout the space thanks to their built-in diffusers.
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What is the shape of the kitchen? Again, whether it’s L or U-shaped, galley or island, there’s no wrong answer. Simply think over whether you want to accentuate the shape of the room through the lighting or not.
In addition to your kitchen’s lighting scheme, add more illumination thanks to a cooker hood. An increasingly popular way to introduce more task lighting into your cooking space, they commonly feature integrated lighting across all styles including chimney, island, ceiling, downdraft and telescopic. Offered with either halogen or LED lighting, we love LED for its enduring, energy-efficient illumination. Look for models that feature a dimmer function allowing you to choose the required level of lighting.
With either type of wiring, you’ve got an additional option. You could connect a three-terminal junction box into the main circuit cable, and run a spur from there to a loop-in rose with its own switch cable.
Next, run one length of 1mm² two-core-and-earth cable to the new light, and another to the switch. Connect the brown switch core to the circuit lives, its earth to the circuit earths and its blue core to the fourth terminal. Then add a length of brown PVC electrical sleeving to this core to show it can be live.
Before starting any electrical work, stay safe – get yourself a socket tester (or voltage tester for lighting circuits). They confirm whether circuits are dead and safe to work on.
the shape of the switch mechanism. Explore toggles, push buttons and flip switches to find the easiest one for you and your family. the profile – raised for greater prominence or flat for a sleek, contemporary feel the finish and colour.
Choose from effects such as metallics (like nickel, brass, copper and steel in brushed and polished finishes), woods or high gloss in monochrome shades. Alternatively introduce some colour with moody blacks, warm mochas or just change the front plate for an instant pop of vibrant colour.
the inclusion of screws. We offer screwless models that keep the plate streamlined and clean looking. framing – achieve period detailing with an ornate frame or keep things simple without
Lastly, are there any areas in the kitchen to highlight? Think about what you’d like people to notice first in your kitchen. Is it the period features of an older property? Overlooked nooks and crannies, the kids’ artwork or much-loved furniture? Lighting is a fantastic way to direct the eye to these treasures and more.
Remember to switch off the mains power at the consumer unit.
Starter switches – If you’re buying a fluorescent tube light, consider picking up a starter switch. This small box is installed inside the light fitting and, as the name suggests, helps the light come on promptly and minimises unwanted flickering.
Here’s a breakdown of the scale for each of the second digit ratings.
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Choose between small, individual counter and cabinet lights and strip lighting – or combine the two. Lighting strips can be added to any area you want, such as over worktops or added to alcoves. And they don’t need to have switches, we offer options including battery-operated, plug-in and even Smart Home for remote access from your smartphone. We love ones with colour-changing technology for dinner party drama.
The good news is that you don’t have to choose one or the other. Both are possible and work brilliantly together; creating different zones in the kitchen through different types of lighting. Why not use task lighting to offer directional light in working areas and then ambient with a dimmer switch in the dining space? One space, two functions all through clever use of lighting.
Lighting isn’t just for your ceiling – illuminate your busy worktops with counter and cabinet lighting. Neatly tucked under kitchen wall cabinets or wall shelves, they direct light just where you need it most for food preparation and other worktop tasks. When the food’s been served, enjoy as a more decorative feature that highlights the angles of your cabinetry. And if you have glazed cabinet doors, why not explore models that can be fitted inside your kitchen cabinets? These can add focus to pretty displays of crockery and knick-knacks and make fast work of finding items.
Connect the brown core of the light cable to the switch drop’s blue core, its blue core to the circuit neutrals and its earth to the earth terminal.
Our range of recessed downlights includes metallic-effect styles, such as chrome and on-trend brushed nickel, or classic white. Pick up as singles or in multipacks to get the exact number you need.
When shopping for a kitchen light, it can help to consider its IP rating.
the number of switches (you might have two or three-way switching that enables you to control one light from different locations) the type of switch – single, double, triple or even quadruple whether the light’s dimmable and so requires a dimmer switch
Depending on your choice of light fitting, you might have to pick up a separate light bulb. And even with ones supplied, you may want to choose your own to create the exact lighting mood you’re looking for. Experiment with brightness (the number of lumens) or the colour temperature (for instance, warm versus cool). It might be that you opt for different lighting states in different kitchen zones, such as warm and inviting in a dining area and sharp and energised in the cooking area.
Now that we better understand the kitchen, it’s time to think about how best to light it. There are two main ways to do so – task and decorative lighting.
Set in the ceiling, recessed downlights lie flush against the surface. They’re perfect for contemporary kitchens as they offer a clean, minimalistic look, blending in effortlessly in an unobtrusive way. Choose between fixed (flat) or adjustable ones that let you tilt the bulb. This directs the light, which may reduce how many you’ll need.
Is the kitchen a single room or is it open plan? This is more about how the space is used. Is it just for cooking or is it a multi-functional space with room for dining, relaxing and after school study? Again, the latter offers the opportunity to introduce lighting zones.
Naturally, planning is required in both instances. Ensure you have accurate measurements before buying. And if you’re tackling the complete kitchen project, select your lighting before work begins. This is because the electrical and fitting work will have to be undertaken before other jobs, such as installing the kitchen cabinets.
Double-check the power is off and run a spur cable from an existing rose on the circuit. This connects its brown core to the main circuit lives, its blue core to the main circuit neutrals and its earth to the earth terminal.
Flex can only support a very lightweight bulb and shade, so fittings over 2kg must be chain-supported. Fittings with metal parts must be earthed via three-core flex unless they’re labelled as double-insulated.
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The lighting in your kitchen is vital to this busiest of rooms. We know that your kitchen is everything from the family dining area to where the culinary magic happens; a spot for homework and for parties. And with so much living going on, it can be hard to settle on a lighting scheme that works for everything and everyone.
With a loop-in rose, you can add a spur cable to provide power to a second light position controlled by its own switch.
Also known as the IP code or International Protection Marking, the IP rating is comprised of the initials IP followed by two numbers. The first number measures the protection rating against solid objects, while the more important second number indicates water-resistance. The higher the number, the more protection offered.
With only one light fitting, spotlights are easier and quicker to install than downlighting. And in many instances, it can be as simple as swapping your old light for a spotlight using the same fitting. This makes them a great way to update your lighting scheme and keep up with interior trends.
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Pendants can only support a very lightweight bulb and shade – fittings over 2kg must be chain supported. Fittings with metal parts must be earthed via three core flex unless labelled as double insulated.
We’ve established that there are two ways to light your kitchen – task and ambient lighting. Now we explore how to achieve these through different types of kitchen lights.
Double-check the power is off. Then run a spur cable from the original ceiling rose. This connects its brown core to the same terminal as the switch drop blue core (which should carry a length of brown PVC sleeving to show it can be live) and its blue core to the neutral circuit cores. The earth core goes to the earth terminal, as illustrated.
Connect the live, neutral and earth cores of the main circuit cable(s) to three separate terminals. Then connect the brown core of the switch cable to the circuit lives, the earth core to the circuit earths and the blue core to the fourth (unused) terminal. Finally, add a fourth cable to feed the light, connecting its brown core to the switch blue, its blue core to the circuit neutrals and its earth to the circuit earths. Then repair the ceiling at the old light position with filler.
“Never take risks with electrical safety. Before you start any type of electrical work, you must follow these following safety precautions:
Our styles range from decadent multi-lamp chandeliers to hand-blown glass lamps, traditional domes to wire cages; detailed beading to sleek metallics. Explore and find the right pendant to add the finishing touch to your kitchen.
If a single pendant fitting isn’t giving you enough light, you can add another controlled by the same switch without too much trouble. The one limiting factor is the number of lighting outlets already powered by the circuit – so don’t risk overloading it.
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Pick up a light switch to complement your new lighting for a stylish and coordinated look. Consider:
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By identifying what you need from your lighting, you can better understand what your lighting options are.
Your first task is to find out what circuit type you have: junction box or loop-in. With the power turned off, remove your ceiling rose cover. You won’t be able to tell from the design of the rose – instead, you’ll need to count the cables entering it. If there’s only one cable then you have a junction-box wiring; if there are two or three, then you have a loop-in system.
What is the design style of the kitchen? Kitchen styles range loosely from classic to contemporary, though many combine elements of the two. Consider the overall look and feel of your kitchen when deciding how best to light it. Do you want it to complement or contrast? Or again, combine the two to suit to create something truly unique to your home.
IP (Ingress Protection) ratings measure the effectiveness of an electrical item to seal against solid and liquid objects. This scale is especially important when applied to lighting in rooms that are prone to moisture – such as kitchens, bathrooms and wet rooms. All the cooking and cleaning of busy kitchens demands water-resistant lighting and so be sure to check your chosen light’s IP rating before buying.
Task lighting options include recessed downlights, counter and cabinet lighting, tube lighting and spotlights. Ambient lighting options include pendants and plinth lights.
How high is the kitchen ceiling? Low ceilings suit lighting closer to the ceiling to offer the greatest amount of coverage and avoid any accidents.
Three cables at the rose indicate loop-in wiring; an intermediate rose on the circuit will have two circuit cables plus a switch cable.
Sleek bar designs work brilliantly in galley kitchens and our range of stylish metallic finishes complement the industrial kitchen look. Look for unusual and unexpected shapes, such as bar spirals, and a pop of vibrant colour for a retro, diner vibe. And for larger spaces, create coordinated zones with multi and single spotlights.
With your lighting scheme decided on, we’ve one more idea to bring extra light into your busy kitchen.
Two cables also indicate a loop-in circuit. The last rose on the circuit will have one circuit cable plus a switch cable.
Check all finished work with a socket tester (or voltage tester for lighting circuits) before using.
Kitchen plinths are the boards between base kitchen units and the floor, offering a continuous, uninterrupted look to the kitchen. Very common, but easily overlooked, why not take yours from standard to super with plinth lighting? These small LED lights come in multipacks to be added to your plinth and are mains-powered. They make a feature of your floor – great with high gloss flooring – and can almost make kitchen islands look like they’re floating.
However, if you’re adding new lighting as part of a complete kitchen revamp, this offers the exciting prospect of a blank slate. Create the lighting environment that you’ve always wanted and be creative with the available options. It can be easy to underestimate the impact of good lighting in the kitchen, but when you’re installing new kitchen cabinets, worktops and more, show a little love to your lighting and it could be a real showstopper.
What size is the kitchen? Dimensions are important. A compact kitchen doesn’t rule anything out, all options are still possible, but a very big space could benefit from one type of lighting over another. Or it could also mean a greater variety of lighting types would work well with distinct zones.
Unscrew the rose base from the ceiling and push the cable back through. Above the ceiling, connect the cable to a three-terminal junction box. Then run a length of 1mm² two-core-and-earth cable from your new light rose.
First, double-check the circuit is dead. Then cut the feed cable to the original light at a suitable position to install a three-terminal junction box. Run a length of 1mm² two-core-and-earth cable from there to the new fitting.
If you’re updating your existing lighting with something similar, this can be quite a simple job. We advise checking fittings before swapping them over.
At the new rose, connect the brown core to the terminal marked ‘live’ and the blue core to the terminal marked ‘neutral’. Take the earth core to the earth terminal, covering it in green/yellow sleeving. Connect the live (brown) core of the pendant flex to the live terminal and the neutral (blue) core to the neutral terminal.
Unscrew the rose base from the ceiling and push the cables back through. Mount a four-terminal junction box above the original light position.
Make a style statement in your kitchen with a pendant light. Suspend over a table, breakfast bar or island to draw focus and create a zone; or simply hang in the centre of the ceiling for the entire room to enjoy. Opt for one showstopper or a number in a line or grouped cluster. Hang high for a wider beam or low for a more private, intimate atmosphere thanks to ‘rise-and-fall’ pendants – there are plenty of creative options.
That’s where we can help. We’re here to explore and explain all of your kitchen lighting options. So, whether you’re redesigning your whole kitchen or just giving it a style refresh, we’ve got you covered.
Double-check the circuit is dead, then cut the main circuit cable and install a four-terminal junction box. Connect the live cores of the split circuit cable to one terminal, the neutral cores to another and the earth cores to a third – adding green/yellow sleeving.
This highlights key working areas, offering clear visibility for important kitchen jobs like cooking and cleaning. Vital around much-used areas like near your cooker or sink, task lighting ensures that you stay safe and can easily see everything that you need to.
We offer single or twin batten lights and two light technologies – fluorescent bulbs (Compact Fluorescent Lamps, CFL – often referred to as energy-saving bulbs) and LED. LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs are the most cost and energy-efficient option, immediately reaching full brightness and safe for the environment.
In contrast, ambient lighting is about creating a mood through use of lighting. This might be private and romantic for intimate dinners or soft and subtle for easy unwinding. It’s not about function but feeling. Ambient lights, also known as decorative lights, can also add to the look of the room, making more of a design statement through both the light fitting itself and the illumination it provides.
A standard single pendant light fitting near the centre of the ceiling can sometimes leave a lot to be desired. As long as you can get to the ceiling void from above without too much disruption, it’s not complicated to move a light to wherever you really need it. Alternatively, you can boost your light levels by adding extra pendants which you operate either by the existing switch or by a new one. You’ll find that pre-wired lampholder-plus-flex combinations are widely available.
When shopping for downlights, check their fire rating. As a hole is cut into the ceiling to fit a downlight, the ceiling’s fire integrity is compromised. To restore this, fire-rated downlights are designed to seal off the hole and work to delay the spread of fire. This slowing of the fire is measured in units of time – the longer the period, the more time to safely evacuate.
At the new light position, connect its brown core to the central bank of terminals (which might be marked ‘loop’) and its blue core to the neutral terminal. Also, connect the earth to the earth terminal, adding green/yellow sleeving.
Install as many, or as few, as you fancy. They’re straightforward to fit – and when the bulb goes, simply replace the bulb, not the entire casing using a bulb remover. If you’re looking to add a number, it can become quite a big job and so is best suited as part of a larger kitchen project. Seek help from a qualified electrician on how many to install and for fitting them in place.
Let’s start shedding some light on how to find your perfect kitchen lighting.
Once you’ve chosen your lighting scheme, you may need a few final touches to complete your kitchen project.
Switch off the main power at the consumer unit/fuse box. Isolate the circuit you plan to work on by removing the circuit fuse. Put this in your pocket to avoid accidental replacement. Or switch off the breaker and lock it if you can.
*Attach a note to the unit to advise you are working on the circuit. Check the circuit is dead with a socket tester or voltage tester/meter for lighting circuits.”
Connect the brown core to the live terminal, the blue to the neutral terminal and the earth (insulated with green/yellow sleeving) to the earth terminal. Repair the ceiling at the old light position with filler.
For your safety, these products must be installed in accordance with local Building Regulations. If in any doubt, or where required by the law, consult a competent person who is registered with an electrical certification scheme. Further information is available online or from your local authority.
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Start by isolating the circuit, double-checking it’s dead and unscrewing the rose cover. When you’ve identified the type of wiring, disconnect the flex and feed cable.
It’s essential to get a sense of the space when creating a lighting scheme for your kitchen. Here are some key considerations.
Whichever type of wiring you have, you may be able to run the switch cable back to the existing switch position. This replaces the original one-gang switch with a two-gang unit, and gives you a neater installation.
Cabinet switches – Fit a cabinet switch for instant illumination on opening your kitchen cabinet doors. Automatically triggered on door opening, they’re available in black or white to help blend into your kitchen.
IP ratings Level Protected against 0 No protection 1 Dripping water 2 Dripping water when tilted at 15 degrees (°) 3 Spraying water 4 Splashing water 5 Water jets 6 Powerful water jets 7 Immersion, up to a depth of 1metre (m) 8 Immersion, beyond 1m