The Best Lighting Types and Arrangements for Your Kitchen

Your kitchen needs to have the right balance of lighting to fulfill all the purposes it serves. Kitchens are used for many things besides cooking and eating such as homework, work and entertaining. Here’s how to properly light up your room, so it fits the needs of you and your family.

Three Types of Lighting

The three types of lighting are ambient, task and accent. Ambient lighting is your home’s main source of lighting, but it shouldn’t be the only one. Task lighting should be used to help you navigate your kitchen, as ambient lighting leaves shadows in many places. Task lighting helps you read recipes, prepare meals and find things in your cabinets. Accent lighting should be used to accentuate the elements of your kitchen you most enjoy. It can also be used to highlight things like art or a buffet area for dinner parties.

Consider Your Space

Different layouts and sizes of kitchens call for different measures. If you have tall ceilings and dark cabinets, for example, your kitchen will need more lighting. Put task lighting over your stovetop, sink and counters. Task lighting should be around two-and-a-half feet above the surface you need to be illuminated to be most effective.

Accent Lighting

Many ignore accent lighting, but it can really make a kitchen pop. Accent lighting can be used to highlight visually interesting areas like glass cabinets and open shelves. An over cabinet accent light is placed between your ceiling and cabinet. This makes for a dramatic touch in your kitchen that highlights architecture and decor. Toe kick lights can be used to illuminate pathways through your kitchen. It’s great for getting a late-night snack without turning on all the lights in the room.

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