Lighting is a key element in almost every room of the house, but it’s particularly important to get it right in the kitchen. A kitchen should be as welcoming as it is practical, so it’s important to understand exactly how to install your lighting to achieve a specific mood. 

If you’re shopping for kitchen lighting, consider the following:

What Type of Lighting Works Best in the Kitchen?Edit

Since the kitchen is both a social atmosphere and a workspace, you want a mixture of ambient and task lighting. Ambient lighting will set the mood with a soft, overhead glow, while task lighting will focus stronger light over an island or countertop. The key is balancing the two sources so the kitchen is as warm and inviting as it is functional. .

What Type of Ambient LightingShould You Consider?Edit

There are several different types to fit your style, all of which are generally ceiling-mounted. Try recessed lighting for a clean, flush look, or track lighting so you can adjust each fixture accordingly. Global lighting is usually half-globe or round and provides ample light by casting it in all directions, making them great for large kitchens.

What Type of Task Lighting are There to Choose from?Edit

Like ambient light fixtures, many styles are available for task lighting. Pendant lights can be hung solo or grouped together for an interesting visual effect. Similar to pendant lights, island lights hang at the end of a stem or rod and create a larger pool of light due to more than one light source.

What Types of Lights Can be Used Beneath and Above Cabinetry?Edit

 The space below the cabinetry can be used as a work area or even a spot to stylishly display kitchen knickknacks, so it’s good to provide it with ample task lighting. Puck lights or strip fluorescents will both do the trick; the former may add a bit more style, while the latter may be more economical. You may also want to think about accentuating a high ceiling by adding uplighting to the top of your cabinets. 

What Other Consideration Should Keep in Mind?Edit

Try to choose fixtures that are easy to clean, durable and can hold high-wattage bulbs for maximum light. Kitchens are high traffic areas with fluctuating heat levels and ingredients that can affect the quality if your fixtures over time. Your fixture must be able to withstand the elements while providing your kitchen with adequate light.