It is important to understand the importance of lighting in your kitchen when you’re planning a kitchen remodel or kitchen makeover. New lighting fixtures not only dress up the kitchen décor but kitchen lighting also creates an atmosphere of fun and enjoyment for cooking and entertaining.
First let’s take a look at the primary types of lighting that that you should consider when planning your kitchen remodel, which are:
- general lighting,
- ambient lighting,
- task lighting and
- accent lighting.
General lighting is exactly as it sounds, it is overall lighting that takes the place of sunshine; it can be in the form of an overhead fixture or beautiful overhead fixtures. The purpose of general lighting is to allow you to see what is in a room and to move around easily within the room.
When you are looking to make the kitchen brighter for specific tasks within a specific area, you would call this form of lighting, task lighting .You will find that there are specific areas within a kitchen that are perfect for task lighting, such as at the cooktop, microwave, sink or under cabinet. You reduce eye strain and avoid the risk of injury while chopping by having the task lighting strategically placed in the kitchen.
Next you have what is known as accent lighting, which displays or enhances a kitchen’s style by highlighting artwork, glassware, dishes, or other decorative elements within a kitchen. You can also use accent lighting to highlight tiled backsplash or architectural detail in a kitchen.
It is really trendy to add pendants or mini-pendants over an island or peninsula area. Another popular accent light idea is to add puck lights or light strips inside or under the cabinets. If your kitchen ceiling and kitchen can handle it, a chandelier can enhance a kitchen to make it look regal and elegant. Just make sure that the fixture is not too overpowering in the space.
Types of Lighting Fixtures
When it comes to kitchen lighting fixtures, there are several options. You have a myriad of choices that come in a wide variety of looks and installation types. The most popular types of kitchen lighting fixtures include the following types of lights:
Ceiling Light Fixtures: When you are considering a Kitchen Ceiling fixture, it is important to realize that that this fixture usually provides general lighting and is typically installed in the center of the room, over a breakfast nook or kitchen table. The glass or diffuser of the flush-mount ceiling fixture usually touches the ceiling. When you are looking for something that gives a little more clearance from the ceiling, you would consider a Semi-flush- mount or close-to-ceiling fixture, since the fixture will hang a few inches away from the ceiling and this will cause the indirect light to reflect from the ceiling, which will give a nice illumination to the room.
A chandelier hangs from the ceiling and takes up more space than your typical ceiling light fixture, it often adds more elegant beauty to a room. A chandelier can have several arms with both uplights and down lights. Chandeliers provide what is known as general lighting in a room. A chandelier is chosen for more formal settings in a dining room, dining table, but also can be used in the kitchen.
Pendant lighting offers both general and task lighting in a kitchen area. Pendant lighting suspends from the ceiling and is typically used as a decorative kitchen lighting fixture. They are most often placed over a kitchen island, peninsula, or open counter area as an attractive detail in the room. If you have small tight spaces in a kitchen, you may want to consider using a mini-pendant, which is usually less than 12 inches.