From ambient lighting to spotlights on food preparation areas to creating the right mood in a dining area, there's a lot to think about when it comes to kitchen lighting. Whether you're doing kitchen remodeling on your own or with a kitchen contractor, this overview of kitchen lighting types should come in handy.
Ambient lighting is a good place to start. Every kitchen needs a central fixture to serve as the primary source of illumination. This will usually be less bright than the lighting used over key cooking areas. For maximum versatility, consider installing a dimmer switch so you can adjust the lighting as necessary. Recessed wall lighting or pendant lights can serve the same purpose in modern designs.
You'll also need targeted lighting in specific areas of the kitchen. Accent lights or strategically placed pendant lights can illuminate countertops, stovetops, or a kitchen island. Track lighting is another sleek option for contemporary kitchens. Or, if your cabinets are mounted over your counters, under-cabinet lighting will effectively illuminate your workspace without flooding the rest of the room with too much light.
Ready to complete your kitchen renovation with the perfect lighting? We've compiled a few more tips and tricks to ensure you'll get the best possible illumination.
By combining these safety tips with your own design instincts--and having the foresight to find a kitchen contractor if necessary--you'll have a recipe for beautiful, brilliant lighting in your new kitchen remodel.