Kitchen sink lighting - separate switch?
I realize that this is one of those topics that's been covered many times over the years, but I'd like to give this downtrodden horse a little CPR :)
I think about lighting three different ways:
1) Layers. Lighting circuits should be organized by layers, not spatial areas. So, for example, undercab and ambient lights are different lighting layers, so they should be on separate switches.
2) Use cases. For example, some use cases I'm thinking of include: walking into the kitchen in the morning, One person cooking or cleaning, multiple people cooking or cleaning, entertaining, after dinner when folks have retired to the family room, overnight without house guests, overnight with house guests.
3) Accent lighting, when you want to highlight something in particular, like pictures or art, cabinet fronts, or an appliance you're particularly proud of.
Regarding the sink light:
From a layering perspective, I don't have many wall cabinets in my plan, so most of the counter/task lighting will be from recessed lights in the ceiling. Given that, it seems to me that the kitchen sink is in the same "lighting layer" as the other recessed lights, so a separate switch for the sink light is not justified by layering philosophy.
From a use case perspective, to my thinking the only use for which a separate kitchen sink light switch might be useful is overnight with house guests. All other use cases would be easier if the sink light turned-on along with the other over counter lights.
From an accent perspective, I don't want to accent my sink.
All of this is leading me to conclude that a separate switch for the light over the sink is not what I want, but I'm concerned that I'm doing something goofy because it seems like everybody has a separate switch for the sink light. Am I thinking about this right?
This post was edited by GauchoGordo1993 on Mon, Sep 30, 13 at 13:00