Kitchen Lighting Tips
The most effective lighting for a kitchen involves three layers blended together: task, ambient, and decorative lighting. This layered effect is typically achieved with a combination of recessed lighting, under cabinet lighting, pendant lighting for over an island work space and a decorative fixture for over the dining table.
Recessed lighting is best for general illumination and helps combat shadows and glares. It is best to have these lights on a dimmer switch to be able to control light levels. With the advancement in LED technology, there are many energy efficient, low profile styles available.
LED strips or puck lights are great for providing counter-top task lighting, while also providing an ambient glow as a standalone light option in a kitchen. They are typically mounted behind the valance board at the front of the cabinet to be hidden from view.
Pendants and decorative fixtures serve as great ambient lights sources over islands and tables. They provide light at a lower level than recessed, which allows for more overall balanced lighting and adds a touch of visual style.