Kitchen Lighting Tips 2017-07-08T18:19:11+00:00

The kitchen is primarily a work area, but it is also a gathering place for family and friends. Lighting that is comfortable as well as functional is required.

Under cabinet/ under shelf lights offer both task and accent lighting. Under cabinet lighting is designed to light a countertop or show off prized possessions in a display cabinet. The most energy efficient undercabinet lighting is LED strip or tape lighting. LED strip lighting is rapidly replacing traditional fluorescent lighting thanks to its ease of installation, warm color temperature and low profile.

Pendants can provide both task and general lighting. They can be LED, xenon or halogen, indirect or direct lighting with shades or globes to avoid glare, and they are suspended from the ceiling over dinette tables, game tables, kitchen counters, or other work areas. The use of a dimmer control gives you the flexibility to vary the light to suit the occasion. The use of mini pendants has become very popular from both a good lighting perspective, as well as to bring together the rest of the room.

kitchen-photos-smallA large ceiling fixture, equipped with energy-efficient fluorescent tubes will supply plenty of well-diffused general lighting, but it may leave you working in your own shadow at the sink, range, and countertops. These areas need supplemental task lighting. For example, two track lights or recessed lighting over the sink will give you the illumination you need for washing dishes and scouring pots and pans. Recessed lighting well placed in a kitchen can give fantastic task lighting. This, in combination with other task lighting, can be both beautiful and functional.
kitchen2-photos-smallDinettes, nooks, and island counters can be lighted with decorative pendants. When used with a dimmer control, these ceiling-hung fixtures will provide adequate task lighting for homework, hobbies, or family business and allow you to adjust the light for dining or entertaining.
kitchen3-photos-smallAt the sink and range, an individual recessed downlight, equipped with the correct bulb, will provide adequate task lighting when installed in the ceiling or in soffits over these two busy work areas.
kitchen4-photos-smallUndercabinet lighting is ideal for countertops. They should be mounted as close to the front of the cabinets as possible to avoid glare reflecting off work surfaces, such as xenon, halogen, or fluorescent. The size of the fixture will depend upon the light source you select.
kitchen5-photos-smallKitchen cabinets can be accentuated by placing lighting on the tops, under, or inside of cabinets.With the incredibly wide array of different types of lighting fixtures available, you may use a variety of fixtures depending upon the exact application.
kitchen6-photos-smallSoffits and other concealed locations can also be treated effectively with these various types of lighting. These inconspicuous light fixtures will highlight you cabinetry, while adding a warm, comfortable atmosphere to your kitchen.