Remodeling and Home Design
  • Lighting Your Kitchen

    Embarking on a kitchen remodel is exciting, but it can also be daunting. With so many decisions to make, choosing your lighting may seem overwhelming. We are here to help! The key is to layer the light using a mix of general, task, and accent lighting. You'll want to provide adequate lighting for safe and comfortable cooking conditions, and to create a warm and inviting space. 

    For general lighting, consider the style and size of your kitchen. For a small space, one overhead light may be enough. For larger rooms, use a combination of ceiling flush mounts, pendants, and recessed can lights. 

    For task lighting, hang pendants over the counters, tables, bar islands, and sink areas. Under cabinet lighting may be used to further illuminate work surfaces. Hang pendants low enough to light the counter or table, but now so low that they obstruct views. A good guideline is 5'-6" to 6'-0" from the floor to the bottom of your pendant.
    For accent lighting, consider pendants with richer glass colors, but use light colored glass shades to maximize brightness for general lighting.

        The right lighting is both useful and beautiful, creating functional spaces that feel welcoming and look stunning day or night. Be sure to choose something you love!

        *If you live in California, check with your designer and/or contractor to find out if your project is subject to California's Title 24 Energy code, which sets energy efficiency standards. This may affect how your fixture are designed and whether you decide to illuminate with incandescent, LED, or fluorescent light.

      • We Support Architects and Designers

        We understand that the most successful designs are fully integrated, from concept through construction details. Working with Metro Lighting allows you to stay in creative control, and to minimize the time you spend detailing custom fixtures or researching catalog items. You can rely on our architectural lighting expertise to take your thumbnail sketch or idea and develop the details into a high-quality, beautiful finished product– communicating with you every step of the way. 

        Design  Drawing on his background in architecture and over 25 years experience in lighting, our creative director Lawrence Grown enjoys working with other designers in a collaborative process.

        Fabrication  Most of our fixtures are completely built in our on-site metal shop, but we also draw from our extensive local network of skilled fabricators and glass artists to bring custom projects to fruition.

        U.L. Certification  As an Underwriters Laboratories certified shop, we build, test, and U.L. label our fixtures in-house. Our U.L. listing includes Dry and Damp Location for incandescent luminaires and GU24 LED fixtures. 

        We are happy to meet and brainstorm; call 510-540-0509 or email us today to discuss how our lighting can enhance your projects.

        Etude Winery, Sonoma, CA  /  MH Architects

        Tender Greens, Berkeley, CA  /  Studio KDA