In the first part of this series, we identified the trifecta of lighting design and explored why layered lighting is important to any kitchen space. In today’s post, we are going to pick up right where we left off and examine the key lighting areas of the kitchen.

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More About Kitchen Lighting

Your Kitchen Island

Lighting design suggests setting two lighting pendants at least 30 inches from the center of the island with roughly 30 inches from the island to the bottom of the pendant. Add in as many pendants that you prefer, but designers generally stick to two or three.

Another option is linear suspension lighting that hangs from the ceiling from a couple cords and then spans out horizontally with three to five pendant lights.

Under-the-cabinet lighting – This type of lighting can marry both task and accent kitchen lighting perfectly. While ambient lighting is used as a focal lighting to navigate your kitchen, it leaves shadows and glares in the areas it doesn’t quite reach. Light up your countertops and provide optimal lighting from under-cabinet lighting. This way you can read recipes and do virtually every kitchen task under better lighting. Under-the-cabinet lighting comes in a variety of options including:

  • Puck lights – This is circular-shaped lights that can be placed underneath the kitchen cabinets to illuminate any task and form a pool of concentrated light.
  • Strip lights – These lights provide the perfect amount of light for especially low cabinets that receive very little light and serve as an ideal night light.
  • Accent lighting – This type of lighting not only creates the ultimate atmosphere, it also compliments every kitchen aesthetic. Accent lighting incorporates the following:

    • Toekick lighting – This lighting is typically placed under the floor cabinets to better illuminate the floor and works well as a nightlight. Toekick lights are crafted from rope lighting or LED tape.
    • Top-cabinet lighting – This is typically placed on top of the cabinets if you have space between them and the ceiling. This can highlight special decorative pieces or provide an additional layer of light to the room.
  • Ambient/overhead lighting – This lighting is the first part of any lighting design, as it is the center of any room and provides general overhead lighting. Fill your kitchen with high and luminous light. There is a multitude of ambient lighting options available that strays from just one single mundane fixture or fluorescent lighting.
  • Recessed downlighting – This type of lighting is perfect for expansive and large kitchens where you are able to place illuminate your entire kitchen and put additional emphasis on areas that require the most lighting. Add a dimmer to control the amount of ambient light while you layer in the task and accent lighting. If you have a smaller kitchen a mounted or semi-mounted lighting fixture is a great option. Contrary to recessed lighting, this is a visible lighting fixture that you can add your own personal style to.

Kitchen lighting is a highly needed and functional piece to everyday tasks. Layer in ambient, task, and accent lighting to get the most out of lighting design.

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