Kitchen Lighting: Why It Matters

Christian Tucker & Chelsey Korbar

The kitchen is one of the most utilized rooms in the home and lighting is one of the most crucial aspects. There are multiple characteristics of a well-lit kitchen and each characteristic should match the look and feel of the home as a whole. Primarily, a kitchen should have enough light to allow for maximum visibility while maintaining a welcoming, warm ambiance for potential guests. Second, dimmers will be your best friend. With natural light constantly changing throughout the day, you must be able to adjust your artificial light accordingly. Finally, combine different levels of light in order to accent certain parts of the kitchen.

 This kitchen designed by Redstart Construction provides plenty of natural light during the day.

This kitchen designed by Redstart Construction provides plenty of natural light during the day.

Every kitchen will vary in style and the lighting is a tool that will enhance whatever style you have. For kitchens with dark themes, the ambient light should stay bright enough to be able to actively use everything in your kitchen. If you feel you need more light, add task lighting to better utilize the desired area. Bright colored kitchens probably won’t need light during the day if you have a natural light source directed into the room; but at night, dim lights are perfect when combined with LED lighting on the backsplash.

 Backsplash is illuminated by LEDs to add to the light provided by ceiling lights.

Backsplash is illuminated by LEDs to add to the light provided by ceiling lights.

 Dimmed lights provide a calm mood in this kitchen built by Redstart Construction.

Dimmed lights provide a calm mood in this kitchen built by Redstart Construction.

All kitchens should have dimmers on major lights. Whether you have chandeliers, ceiling fixtures, pendant lights, or regular light bulbs, dimmers will allow you to set the mood at all times of the day. Along with the ability to customize your light, dimmers are energy efficient and will save money on your electric bill.

 Ambient lights are combined with task lights over the sink and countertop.

Ambient lights are combined with task lights over the sink and countertop.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match different lighting styles. Mixing ambient, task, and accent lighting will provide an overall welcoming feel to the room (ambient lighting) while showing off your favorite kitchen features (accent lighting) and providing light for specific practical areas such as the stove or island (task lighting). A chandelier or artificial skylight will achieve ambiance while cabinet lighting and/or recessed lighting will emphasize attributes that best embody the atmosphere you want to deliver. Keep all ambient lights connected to a dimmer, of course.

As the practical hub of the house, the kitchen is the area where you should maintain the most control. Pendant lights will be the icing on the cake. Both practical and beautiful, they are sure to supply a stunning finish to a well-lit kitchen. Lighting in the kitchen will provide you with the aura you want to maintain throughout your home.

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