Kitchen Lighting – Zen and the Art of Lighting Your Kitchen

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Use these tips to pick the right kitchen lighting.

Choosing just the right Kitchen Lighting can be a difficult task. The kitchen is the busiest room in your house.  It could also be used as a dining room or a room to gather with friends and family.  It’s important to choose the right lighting for your kitchen for whatever role it takes on in your home.

Smaller kitchens may only need one central light in combination with under-cabinet task lighting for kitchen lighting.  Larger kitchens will need recessed lighting in combination with other lights.

General Kitchen Lighting

For general kitchen lighting needs, use recessed lighting or a central chandelier.  Recessed lighting should be placed about 30″ away from the wall.  Recessed Lighting should also be set around the perimeter of the kitchen to provide even illumination.  If using a chandelier, make sure the shades are glass instead of fabric for easier cleaning.  For smaller kitchens, a single, three-bulb flush mount ceiling light may be sufficient.

Undercabinet Kitchen Lighting

For undercabinet lighting, be sure to place the fixtures at the front of the cabinet (on the underside) so your countertops will get even illumination.  Putting your undercabinet lighting on a dimmer is also a good way to save energy  and adjust the lighting to the task at hand, or to provide ambient lighting for those midnight snack runs.

Sink and Stove Kitchen Lighting

Over the sink and stove areas, you’ll want enough light for cooking and washing dishes.  The type of kitchen lighting can vary depending on your kitchen’s configuration.  You can use track lighting, flushmount lighting, or even decorative fluorescent lights.

Table Kitchen Lighting

For illuminating the kitchen table, you’ll need to set your pendant or nook light 30″ above your table.  Ideally, whichever fixture you choose should be about 12″ narrower than the smallest diameter of the table.

Island and Bar Kitchen Lighting

Mini pendant lighting works very well over Island counters and breakfast bars.  There are also lights specifically for island lighting.  Make sure your lighting is 66″-60″ off the floor from the bottom of the fixture.  For every two feet of counter space, you’ll need to install one pendant light.  Though one or two more can be added for aesthetics.

Whatever your kitchen lighting needs, Lighting and Locks has you covered!



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