Kitchen Lighting Guide
With so many different types of activity in a kitchen, the space becomes most effective with a combination of light sources. From general conversation to cooking, prepping, and cleaning up, it is important to select lighting that makes it easy to move about and perform tasks. Effective kitchen lighting can be put into three categories: ambient, task, and accent lighting.
This lighting helps illuminate specific activities such as cooking, prep work, dishwashing, etc.
provides task lighting for countertop activities. Shadow-free, it can also emphasize the shape and contour of the kitchen.
offer a good option for directional lighting, particularly over islands.
provides the ability to point lamps in multiple directions, offering additional flexibility with task lighting.
When selecting bulbs (or fixtures that may dictate certain types of bulbs), keep in mind that the quality of the light will affect the atmosphere in the room and even the color of your walls, cabinets, appliances, and accessories. Incandescent light provides soft, warm yellowish light which is often more appropriate for ambient lighting. These are now being replaced with LED lights, which have a long life and low energy use. They come in a wide variety of color shades from warm to cool, so be sure to look for the one that best fits your environment. Halogen lights produce a crisp white light that fits better with task lighting.