May 172013
 

Here’s a daring alternative to normal kitchen lighting: Instead of traditional accent lights that only emit white light, use kitchen lights that can change color.

Color-changing LED tape lights have the perfect linear, low-profile design to be great under cabinet lights, toe-kick lights, or cove lighting. But instead of shining with just white light, they can emit light in 16 different colors. Imagine, being able to change the entire look and feel of your kitchen in seconds. You can tailor the space to any occasion, from family game nights to big holiday parties, from early morning baking frenzies to a couple’s night in.

Can you pull off this dramatic feature in your kitchen? To help you find out, I’ve whipped up a few different “color recipes” explaining how each color can transform it into something new.

Green: Get Energized At Your Tranquil Health Club

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Green is a clean, comforting color. Physiologically, green can be good for your heart, it can help you relax your muscles and breathe deeper and slower. Set your lights to an emerald hue for the afternoon, and suddenly, you’ll feel in just the right mood to have a cool glass of water and a piece of fruit. It’s the perfect scheme to use after a long workout or spending time outdoors too.

Red: Rock Around The Clock At Your Vintage Diner

Red is an energetic color – the color of neon signs, culinary heat lamps, and many a jukebox. So what could make the milkshakes, fries, hotdogs, and burgers that you whip up for your family or friends taste any better? Just switch those tape lights to accent your room with red, transforming your kitchen into an old school diner. You and yours will be free to rock ‘til broad daylight.

Blue: Blast Off Into Space

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Set your dial to blue and set off on a futuristic adventure around your kitchen. If you’re really feeling whimsical, or need a good distraction for the kids, nothing will make your kitchen look like the interior of a spaceship more than some blue accent lighting. The cool light will play with the shiny kitchen appliances, or a slick tiled backsplash, making them look sleeker and more innovative than they really are.

Orange: Spend Your Evening In Romantic Tuscany

The color orange has been psychologically proven to have a positive effect on human emotions, making us feel open and blissful. Plus, it’s very reminiscent of the warm glow of firelight. So what better color to use when sipping wine with your sweetie? The only other things you’ll need for the perfect night are a chocolatey dessert and maybe some violin music.

Purple: Indulge At Your Exotic Night Club

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Purple is known to stimulate the imagination, so I couldn’t think of a better color to use for lavish parties. Violet accent lighting can transform your ordinary kitchen to a space that can impress even the most important guests. It provides the perfect mix of whimsy and splendor, channeling prime party destinations like the shores of Miami beach, or the fabulous resorts in Las Vegas.

Yellow: Wake Up To Your Enchanted French Bakery

When you picture a quaint little bakery in the French countryside, I’ll bet the color yellow is very prominent in the scene. Golden sunlight streaming through the windows while the little baker goes to work on his muffins, baguettes, and perhaps even yellow cakes. Now picture yourself standing in your kitchen on Saturday morning, whipping up some pancakes and waffles, bathed in cheerful, yellow light. It’s the perfect finishing touch to a picturesque morning.

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Annie JoseyAnnie was the E-Commerce Marketing Specialist at Pegasus Lighting from June 2012 to October 2013. She has a background in English literature, and loves using language to help illuminate the world. So covering lighting news and tips naturally fit her interests. In her personal time she enjoys painting, biking, and reading.

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