Factors To Consider Before Installing Your Commercial Kitchen Lighting Design

commercial kitchen lighting design

Properly set up and designed lighting is vital in any commercial kitchen. Efficient lighting provides the staff with a conducive kitchen to effectively perform their tasks; including cooking, serving and cleaning. Hence, you need to consider several factors before putting up your lighting design for a commercial kitchen.

You’ll need experienced designers to help you through this process. Ending up with poor kitchen lighting may push you to redesign the lighting from scratch. We discuss some of the factors to consider before installing your commercial kitchen lighting design.

Natural Lighting

A circuit board on a city street

This is an important factor that needs careful consideration. Even though artificial lighting serves as the main source of light in a kitchen, it’s relationship with natural lighting is just as important. It is advisable to make the total surface area of the kitchen windows at least 1 out of 10 of the total wall surface area.

The windows should also be placed looking out to the sky or an open exterior. Poorly placed kitchen windows bring in a lot of glare, and diminish the improved effect that natural light brings into a kitchen. This is why you need a professional to carefully consider the placement of the windows in tandem with the relationship between natural and artificial lighting. Perfectly placed windows bring in natural light which further enhance the effectiveness of staff in the commercial kitchen.

Generally, it is advisable to implement lighting that is at least 100 lux higher than necessary, as you may suffer light loss over time. Note that most commercial kitchens implement luminance level close to the 500 lux range.

Light Fittings

A room filled with furniture and a large window

Installed light fittings in a commercial kitchen should be cleanable easily and quickly. Being easily cleanable will help to avoid these fittings contaminating food items. Suspended light fittings will collect dust over time, and may contaminate food. You should instead consider installing fittings mounted on surfaces or recessed on ceilings.

You should also consider the type of light diffuser to install. Install light diffusers that not only aid in the distribution of light, but also comfortably collect shattered glass pieces, which may happen over time.

Emergency Lighting

In the case of an emergency, say fire, in a commercial kitchen, emergency lights are required to notify staff to evacuate the area in a safe and orderly manner. You’ll need emergency lighting that runs on independent power supply. This is to ensure that the emergency lights automatically turn on during an emergency, even in the case of power failure.

Any area with potential hazard, and also all exits, should be provided its own emergency lighting. Make the lights evenly spaced out to ensure even lighting levels for easy evacuation. Install emergency lights with little to no glare, to prevent hampering with individuals during evacuation. Lastly, you should keep these lights maintained regularly.


Your commercial kitchen lighting is essential to the overall outlook and efficiency of the kitchen. This is why you need to adequately consider some factors before installing these lighting. Hence, we discuss factors to consider before installing your commercial kitchen lighting design.

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