Kitchens play host to a variety of tasks, from homework at the dinner table to cooking and socializing with family. Because the kitchen is used for so much more than cooking, the lighting you choose can play an important role in function as well as creating ambiance. Use the guide below to explore the ways you can use lighting to create a more practical and welcoming kitchen.
How to Light a Kitchen
1. Use Layers
Traditional fixtures don't provide adequate light for every task performed in the kitchen. Layering your light fixtures will help provide coverage for a variety of tasks, including food prep stations, over the stove, and above the kitchen sink.
Layering your lights will also help reduce glare, and provide illumination in darker spaces, such as pantries and deep cabinets. Recessed lighting is ideal as your primary light source, while hanging fixtures provide a focal point for individualized tasks.
2. Add Ambiance
Create a soft, subtle glow in your kitchen while also filling in gaps in your lighting. Look for dimmable LED strip lights that can easily be mounted beneath your cabinetry or countertops to add gentle illumination to dark spaces.
Dimmable lights can be darkened to create a relaxing atmosphere during a meal and brightened when cooking or entertaining. They also serve as a convenient task light, or as a nightlight, which is especially useful in homes with young children.
3. Use LED Lights
LED lights have become the standard in kitchen lighting. They're widely available in a variety of styles and colors that are both energy-efficient and long-lived, saving you money on utility expenses, as well as the cost of replacement bulbs.
Unlike incandescent bulbs, LED bulbs stay cool, reducing heat in your kitchen. They also last significantly longer than traditional bulbs, making them an ideal choice for hard-to-reach places, such as recessed fixtures in tall ceilings, above cabinetry, or in pendant lights.
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