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Kitchen Lighting Tips

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

Undercabinet / Undershelf Fixtures offer both task and accent lighting. Under kitchen cabinets are designed to light a countertop. In a display cabinet they show off prized possessions. They’re used in a workshop or anywhere you need lighting right at hand. Use LED tape lighting below cabinets or along toe kick edges.

Pendants provide both task and general lighting. Choose LED, incandescent, or halogen  shades or globes to avoid glare, which are suspended from the ceiling over dining room tables, game tables, kitchen counters, or other work areas. Consider a dimmer control to give you the flexibility to vary the light to suit the occasion. You might decide to use mini pendants for smaller spaces.

Ceiling Lighting – A large ceiling fixture will supply plenty of well-diffused general lighting, but it may leave you working in the shadows at the sink, range, and countertops. These areas need supplemental task lighting. Adding a track light or LED tape light over the sink will give you the illumination you need for washing dishes and scouring pots and pans.

Recessed lighting is an excellent source of task lighting.

Light dinettes, nooks, and island counters  with decorative pendants. When combined 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.

At 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.

Undercabinet 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.

Kitchen 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.

Soffits 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.