Kitchen Lighting Tips
Lighting is more important than many believe it to be, and it couldn’t be more true than in the kitchen. This all-important room requires a variety of light sources to enable users to prepare and cook meals, wash dishes, pots and pans, and undertake any other tasks necessary in the space. If your kitchen is lacking the proper lighting, you need to rethink the existing plan and light up your kitchen.
Good lighting in the kitchen starts with general lighting. This comes in a variety of forms, from ceiling mounted fixtures to pendants to pots to track lights, and more! Every area in the kitchen needs light so that it is more practical and functional than ever. Adding more light will reduce the strain on the eyes, and even make your kitchen more beautiful.
Effective Kitchen Lighting
Kitchen lighting has to be effective and involves four types or layers to achieve an inviting workspace that’s multifunctional.
Areas in the Kitchen that Need Light
Over the sink
Above the island or peninsula
Above the dining area
Common Mistakes in Kitchen Lighting
The biggest mistake homeowners make with lighting their kitchen is trying to light up the whole room with one ceiling fixture that’s perfectly centered in the space. The only thing they achieve is one area (beneath the fixture) being uncomfortably bright and all other areas are dark and unwelcoming.
Task lighting is absolutely necessary in the kitchen because it’s integral to food preparation, but is only so when properly placed. Misplaced task lighting casts shadows on workspaces, so that can lead to hindering your ability to work effectively. Such lights should be installed under overhead cabinets and any other places that will serve as food preparation areas.
This type is task lighting in addition to it being ambient lighting. Not only does it allow you to work more efficiently, it also provides a warm glow to the room, especially when connected to a dimmer switch. Under-cabinet lights come in different forms, like pucks, strings, strips, and more.
Often overlooked, ambient lighting provides that all-important indirect lighting to the plan, eliminating shadows and makes the space more inviting. People always look better with ambient lighting, too. Examples of these include pendants and adjustable track lights.
Accent lighting is vital to the kitchen where family spends lots of time in the room. Try lighting glass cabinet interiors for interest and to display some beautiful accessories or glassware. Showcase artwork hung on a wall with accent lighting that makes the room more inviting.
Decorative lighting should be in keeping with the size of the room, meaning the larger the room, the bigger the light fixtures should be. They add interest and provide illumination. Consider scale before choosing the fixture, as well as the bulb opacity to make it ideal to the space. This is where homeowners get to put on a show, and as such, this would be the most expensive of all the types of kitchen lighting, but well worth its weight in gold.