02 Jul The Best Type Of Lighting For A Custom Wine Cellar
When people are planning their wine cellars, they focus on the rack system, insulation, temperature and humidity control system. While these factors are crucial to the functioning of a wine cellar, the lighting aspect usually gets pushed into the shadows during the process. When wine cellar lighting is done expertly, it will be less noticeable.
This is because smartly designed lighting features will highlight the wine bottles stored and displayed there. When you hire professionals for new wine cellar design and installation, you can be sure that they will also plan the illumination well.
Types of Wine Cellar Lighting
The lights in this space must be positioned correctly. It would be best if you chose low-intensity light fixtures so that your wines are safe from deterioration. Here we look at various custom wine cellar lighting options you can choose from:
- LED Track Lighting – This is one of the most effective ways to include indirect lighting in your wine cellar. You can place the lights under counters and cabinets as well as in the false ceiling. These lights are subtle as they are not noticeable in these spots but still illuminate the cellar well. You can choose from LED track lights of different shades and hues, depending on the ambience you want to create.
- LED spotlights – Depending on your wine cellar layout, you can install spotlights in strategic locations along the periphery. If you have some artwork on the walls, use LED spotlights to highlight it. You can also place spotlights on ceilings right above the wine racks. It’s a great way to create drama in space. When you switch on these lights, they will illuminate the bottles right below them, creating a fantastic effect.
- Backlights – This is another way to showcase your precious wine bottles uniquely. Place the lights on walls behind the wine rack and see the impact they create when you switch them on. You can install coloured LED backlights for the ambience you prefer.
- Door Lights – Many property owners that get wine cellars built in their home like the idea of getting an impressive door installed for it. While this is a good idea, you can enhance the door’s appearance by installing lights along its top. If you have a glass door for your wine cellar, you can install recessed lights around to uplift the styling and appearance of the doors.
Why Opt For LED lighting for Wine Cellars?
While you want your wine cellar to be well illuminated, you do not want the light to affect the wine. Incandescent lights emit “hot” light, and that increases the temperature in the enclosed space. Over time, that can affect your wines. In comparison, there are many reasons to use LED lights in your wine cellar, such as:
- LED lights emit “cool” light, which means they will not affect the wine cellar temperature, no matter how many you switch on when using the space.
- There are many different LED lighting fixtures and fittings to choose from, so you can install them under, behind and above your racking system as well in the ceiling under counters and inside cabinets. Depending on the type of floor design you opt for, you can also install these lights under the floor and use glass for those sections of the flooring.
- LED lights are also energy-efficient, and you can save up to 80% of energy when you use them.
- You can also install dimmer switches so you can create the mood you want in that space by either increasing or decreasing the illumination.
While the upfront costs of these lights are higher than traditional bulbs, LED bulbs can provide up to 50,000 hours of illumination, making them worth the slightly higher price.
- Since they last for so long, they are practically maintenance free, which is also a distinct benefit for many homeowners. It can be challenging to constantly replace bulbs that are practically hidden out of sight inside recesses or false ceilings.
For more information about LED lighting for wine cellars, call us on 1300 570 636. Our team is here to help you design the perfect custom wine cellar for your needs.
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