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.