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Upgrade your kitchen's lighting

Posted on September 4, 2013 Category: Interior Lighting Design Articles

Whether you are cooking for yourself, your family or a restaurant full of strangers, lighting is key in the kitchen.

There are several different things to consider when you are designing your kitchen, reimagining the lighting plan or making small additions.

Where do you need lighting the most?
Identify your task areas in the kitchen. This may be the counter or island that you use most often for cutting vegetables, the stove or the sink. Whatever the area or task, it is extremely helpful to keep these parts of the kitchen well-lit. Counter space tends to be shadowy when the only light in the kitchen is from overhead bulbs - cabinets tend to block light from the counter below. An easy solution for this is under cabinet LED lighting

Installing LED under cabinet lighting is a relatively simple task that you can accomplish yourself in an afternoon. Depending on the size and shape of your cabinet and the area that you wish to be lit, you have a couple of options. You may install LED puck lights or under cabinet LED strip lighting. Either choice will provide you with efficient, high-quality light. 

Ambient lighting
Now that you have your work areas well lit, you can focus on lighting the whole kitchen. The style of ambient lighting you chose will depend on the function of your kitchen. If your kitchen is on the smaller side, you will likely just need a couple of recessed lights. For larger kitchens, chandeliers and pendant lamps are extremely popular. If you are expecting a great deal of traffic, it's important to ensure an evenly-lit space for the safety of everyone involved. LED lighting is a smart choice for the ambient lighting in your kitchen because it not only provides bright, even light, but it is extremely long-lasting. This means hard-to-reach lights don't have to be changed for years.

Add style with accent lighting
It's extremely likely that you'll end up entertaining guests in your kitchen. Be ready to show off a stylish kitchen by adding accent lights. If you display your china or any antique kitchenware on a shelf, consider adding LED accent lights or spot lights to highlight them. If you have glass cabinets, adding an accent light to the inside of the cabinetry will create a sharp-looking focal point.

Using LED lights to illuminate your kitchen can help keep energy costs down while making it a safer and more attractive space.