How To Light A Kitchen
How To Light A Kitchen by Team Y
Just like a healthy balanced breakfast, your kitchen requires the right balance of lighting to get you on the right track to accomplish the day’s tasks.
From homework to list-making to actual meal-prep and cooking, the kitchen is a veritable workhorse in the home. And the proper lighting mix—recessed downlighting, island-highlighting pendants, under-cabinet LEDs—will make sure it’s fit for all of those uses.
With this guide, we’ll walk you through the ins and outs of the best modern kitchen lighting fixtures.
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The Three Types of Lighting You Need to Know About: Ambient, Task and Accent
1. Ambient: This will be your main source of light—whether in addition to natural light or to fill in for lack of it. You want to cast as much of it as evenly as possible from your ceiling. You can do so with a combination of (but not limited to) chandeliers, pendant lights, recessed lighting, and flushmounts.
2. Task: While ambient lighting is used to enable you to navigate throughout the kitchen, it often leaves shadows in areas that require more focus. With the help of task lighting, work surfaces, and cabinetry are properly illuminated so you can safely prepare meals, read recipes, and easily spot ingredients on a shelf. Common kitchen task lighting options include strip lights and puck lights.
3. Accent: Consider these flourishes the cherry on top of your well-designed kitchen: toe kick lights, cabinet lights, and any other light that might accentuate your favorite elements. They also might cross over into ambient and task lighting as well.
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