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Kitchen Lighting

In a room where you chop, dice, grate and handle hot food, having the right kitchen lighting is key to safety as well as style. Besides being above all practical, the right kitchen lights can make your space feel more welcoming and help define its style. Stylish kitchen ceiling lights, pendant lights or chandeliers hung above a kitchen island can easily become the focal point of the room, while well-placed track kitchen lighting or integrated under cabinet lighting to illuminate your worksurfaces will ensure no darkness lingers. There are many kitchen lighting options to choose, from the more traditional kitchen ceiling lights to spotlights and LED lights.

If you're in the market for new kitchen lights, consider the following:

What type of lighting works best in the kitchen?

Since the kitchen is both a social atmosphere and a workspace, you will want a mixture of ambient and task kitchen lighting. Ambient kitchen lights will set the mood with a soft, overhead glow, while task lights will focus stronger light over an island or worktop. The key is balancing the two sources so the kitchen is as warm and inviting as it is functional.

What types of ambient kitchen lighting should you consider?

There are several different types to fit your style, all of which are generally mounted as kitchen ceiling lights. Try recessed kitchen lights for a clean, practical look, or track lighting so you can adjust each fixture accordingly. To make a decorative statement, opt for kitchen pendant lights, lamp shades or chandeliers for your kitchen ceiling lights; they still spread the light but also help personalise the space.

What types of task lighting are there to choose from?

Similarly to ambient light fixtures, many styles are available for kitchen task lighting. Under cabinet lighting ensures that your worktop space is well lit; spotlights or integrated LED strip lights will both do the trick. Kitchen pendant lights can also be used for tasks, as long as they are well placed in the space. In a larger kitchen, an island light can cover the middle of the room and ensure safe food prep.

What other kitchen lighting considerations should I keep in mind?

Try to choose kitchen lights that are easy to clean, durable and can hold high voltage bulbs for maximum light. Kitchens can be busy areas with fluctuating heat levels and ingredients that can affect the quality of your fixtures over time. Your kitchen lights must be able to withstand the elements while providing your kitchen with adequate light.

Browse the different sections of kitchen lighting to see if you can find the perfect kitchen lights for your cooking space, including kitchen ceiling lights, under cabinet lighting and kitchen island lighting.
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