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Kitchen Lighting: Kitchen Islands

The kitchen island is an important part of many modern kitchens today. It’s a place where we cook, prep food and gather with friends and family over bottles of wine and snacks. It’s also a place where we serve breakfast or do homework. With so many different activities going on, many wonder if their light fixtures are properly lighting the space. Here are a few tips and tricks for lighting a kitchen island.

Types of Light Fixtures

There are a number of different fixtures that can work for a kitchen island space. For starters, depending on the size of your kitchen and your island, you may be able to get away with a single flush mount or semi-flush mount ceiling fixture. These are typically used for general overhead lighting. If you don’t actually use your kitchen island for many tasks, this may be a good option as it will give a clean, uncluttered and classy look to your space.

Pendant lights are a popular option and for good reason. You can hang these lights just about anywhere above the island and as long as you have them at the right height, you won’t knock your head into them while you’re working. Pendant lights also come in a wide array of colors, sizes and styles to choose from, so it’s easy to find the right pendant lights for any kitchen style.

Another option is the use of a specially designed kitchen island light. These fixtures typically use two or more lights all suspended from a single light, similar in fashion to a chandelier. (They also make great light fixtures for billiards tables!) These can be great for larger kitchen islands where you don’t want to have a number of different pendant lights hanging, which can create visual clutter.

Finally, recessed lights are a great choice for those who want more of a classy, elegant look in their space. They’re also a great choice for those working with an ultra modern space or a shabby cottage style space. In fact, recessed lights work for just about any style, despite the fact that they all tend to look relatively the same. These fixtures are flush with the ceiling, creating a clean look with ample lighting.

Placement for Light Fixtures Over Kitchen Islands

Once you know what type of light fixtures you’re going to use, you’ll need to find the right placement. If you’re using a single light fixture, such as a flush or semi-flush mount ceiling fixture, or a specialized kitchen island light, then you’ll want to center the fixture over the island.

For other fixtures, such as pendant lights or recessed lights, you’ll want to center the lights over the areas that you’ll be working most at. For example, if you have a stove top on your kitchen island, you’ll want to have a light over that. If you have a designated prep space, you’ll want to have a light for that, as well. Remember to keep spacing in mind, as you don’t want any of these light fixtures to be too close or too far apart.

Lighting a kitchen island is a surprisingly easy task, despite the wide variety of choices out there. Once you narrow down your type of lighting, you’ll find that placement comes naturally and before you know it, your kitchen island will be a functional, well-lit space. You can find simple spherical crystal ball bases for lamps, crystal encrusted chandeliers, ceiling fixtures with crystal shades and much, much more.

Plumbing and Drain Cleaning For Apartment Buildings

Many plumbing companies offer services for residential buildings and other smaller structures, and if you were to look in the phone book you would likely find dozens of plumbers in your area who could do a competent job fixing anything in your home. Drain cleaning and plumbing in larger structures, however, like apartment buildings, nursing homes, hotels and industrial complexes, simply can’t be handled by your average mom-and-pop plumbing company.

Apartment buildings, in particular, can run into problems like main sewer lines clogged by grease and debris, and specialized, expensive drain cleaning equipment is often needed to take care of this kind of maintenance.

If you are an apartment building or rental property manager who needs to take care of maintenance for a complex with many units, it’s very important to remember that most plumbing companies will not have the equipment or experience to properly clean your drains or handle other large projects. While you have fewer options regarding which plumbing or drain cleaning company you go with, however, you will still have several local options to choose from when it comes to servicing your apartment or rental complex.

Initially, start your search by phoning local drain cleaning companies and asking them if they are equipped to handle large sewer lines that are fed by multiple lateral lines from other units. In apartment buildings, a common problem is layers of grease building up in the sewer line and causing clogs (especially if the apartments themselves are set up with garbage disposals in the kitchen sinks).

In this case, nothing less than a sophisticated, specialized high-pressure water jetting system will do when it comes to cleaning the main line. Regular sewer snakes and augers simply can’t handle these kinds of jobs.

Secondly, ask for references from other clients from any drain cleaning or plumbing company you are considering for your apartment complex. If the company is professional and does quality work, they will have no problem providing you with a list of clients who can vouch for their service. It’s also important to make sure that you ask whether the company’s employees are paid by commission or by the hour. While not all commission workers are dishonest, these type of workers are more likely to overestimate the amount of work that needs to be done in order to get a larger paycheck.

Finding a competent and professional drain cleaning and plumbing company for your apartment building shouldn’t be too time consuming. Just use common sense, research local companies before settling on one, and keep track of the work they are doing and what kind of fees they are charging. The vast majority of apartment drain cleaning companies are very competent and professional, and it’s a vital service that you can’t do without.