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4 Types of Lights to Illuminate Your Kitchen

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Illuminate your kitchen with a range of lighting including ambient, task, accent, and decorative fixtures.

Lighting is a crucial, sometimes underappreciated, part of any successful room design. Lighting can create not only visibility but atmosphere and mood. Harsh lights can make a room uncomfortable, while low lighting can create a risk of trips or injuries. In the kitchen, proper lighting is key because you need adequate visibility to prepare food safely and want enough lighting to make your guests feel comfortable as they sit down to eat and socialize. But how can you find the best way to illuminate your kitchen? You can install four key types of lights with About Kitchens & More to create a layered, diverse lighting approach that provides you with everything you need. 

Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting is the primary way to illuminate your kitchen. Selecting the proper overhead lighting should be done by mixing functionality and design. You may consider adding recessed lights or incorporating a light fixture above your central kitchen island. You may also install dimmer switches to control the strength of your ambient lighting. It is also recommended to treat your kitchen as if it is part of the living room to create a lighting scheme that is harmonious with nearby rooms and the rest of the house. You don’t want to create a starkly bright kitchen that is too distinct from the rest of your home’s lighting environment. 

Task Lighting

Task lighting illuminates specific kitchen areas. In particular, task lighting is best in the cleaning and food prep areas. Precise, direct lighting in these areas allows you to work safely while reducing eye strain. LED light strips under your cupboards, recessed lights in the pantry or above the island, and hanging lights can all be good options for illuminating these areas. The best task lighting is always placed above the work area so you avoid creating shadows. 

Accent Lighting

Accent lighting is used to illuminate your kitchen and direct attention to certain objects, like works of art or collectibles such as your fine china cabinet. To spotlight items, we recommend wall lights or track lighting. If you have a glass cupboard, you can add a light inside to illuminate those contents better. 

Accent lighting can also be used to highlight certain features of your kitchen design. For example, lights may enhance certain materials like solid wood or add more depth and dimension to kitchen niches. 

Decorative Lighting

Decorative lighting can be used to complete your kitchen design. To select the right decorative lighting, select fixtures that complement your space but do not dominate it. These lights are meant to add extra atmosphere when desired and enhance the beauty of your room. But they should not overpower your more functional lighting fixtures. 


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