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The Best Lighting For Your Kitchen

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By on Jun 25, 2018
The Best Lighting For Your Kitchen

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The kitchen is one of the most important areas of the home. It’s where families meet and gather after a long day. It can also be the center of attention during a party, where all the great food is made. In order to show off your kitchen and make sure that food is cooked to perfection, you’ll need the perfect lighting.

There are many choices when it comes to kitchen lighting. You’ll often need more than one source to highlight specific areas of the room. Here are a few ideas to help you choose the best lighting for your kitchen.

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Kitchen Lighting Ideas

One of the most important areas of the home to be sure you have the right lighting is in the kitchen. So much goes on in the heart of the home that you not only want a light that looks great, but is functional too.

“Not only is it important to be able to see what you’re doing in the kitchen while preparing a meal, but it’s also important to be able to see what’s in your kitchen cabinets,” Emily Hoefler, kitchen and bath specialist at Renovations Group Inc., said. “No one likes digging around in their cabinets trying to find the right leftover container or utensil. Proper lighting makes it easier to find what you need."

To get the look you want with the all-important functionality of kitchen lighting, Hoefler suggests adding not just one light to the kitchen but a mix of various types of lights.

“Recessed cans would be your task lights, the lights that illuminate what you’re doing in the kitchen,” she said. “Decorative lighting would be pendants, surface mounted, as well as semi-flush mounted fixtures, the fixtures that pull together the design style. Making sure both types of lighting are using LED’s is a great way to not only save energy, but get the right color and light output.”

To get the right mix of kitchen lighting, here are some places to consider a fixture installation:

  • Kitchen Ceiling Lights
  • Kitchen Recessed Lights
  • Kitchen Table Lights
  • Under Cabinet Lights
  • Kitchen Night Lights

Kitchen Lighting Trends

As you may have already guessed, popular kitchen light fixtures can change. The good news is that it is an affordable switch to make. The average cost to install a single light fixture is between $42 and $112, making it a budget-friendly upgrade that will make a difference. Hoefler said she is seeing two big kitchen lighting trends right now.

“Any sort of decorative pendants are popular right now,” she said. “Outdated surface mounted fixtures have given way to a multitude of can lights with pendants acting as the statement piece. The other trend I’m seeing right now is lighting inside of cabinets. I’m seeing glass cabinet doors with LED lights inside illuminating statement pieces or even just a set of dishes. It really makes the cabinetry pop.”

Kitchen Ceiling Lights

When it comes to your kitchen ceiling, statement lighting is in. If you have a kitchen island, you’ll want to be sure that your light fixture helps illuminate that area as well as drawing in the eye to the center of the room. Stay away from long flush lighting and opt for a pendant or semi-flush mount lighting.

Kitchen Recessed Lighting

As Hoefler mentioned, recessed lighting is what helps you achieve your cooking, cleaning and other kitchen tasks. It helps to focus the light to one specific area without being too obtrusive. The average cost of recessed can lighting per light is between $20 and $150

Kitchen Table Lighting

When you’re done cooking, you’ll be moving over to the kitchen table to enjoy your meal. The lighting here should be softer than other areas because you won’t be doing any cooking. Depending on the size of your kitchen table, you can play with various light fixture ideas here, from small chandeliers to track lighting. Regardless of style, you should make it versatile.

“The kitchen is a very work-focused room of the house, but it’s also a gather space,” Hoefler said. “Having a mixture of task lighting and decorative lighting that are on different switches and dimmers can help you achieve the correct lighting for the correct time.”

Undercabinet Kitchen Lighting

If you’re a home chef, you’ll need undercabinet lighting to correctly cut, chop and dice everything you need to complete a tasty recipe. Hoefler emphasized the importance of this type of kitchen lighting.

“I think even lighting across the whole kitchen is important, but wherever you spend the most time preparing meals or doing various tasks should be the best lit,” she said. “Getting better lighting in work areas can be easily achieved through undercabinet lighting. This maintains even lighting throughout the room but adds a little extra where it really counts.”

While some undercabinet lighting is done with a new cabinet installation, it’s also a project you can do yourself with existing cabinets. There are many LED options that you can self-install and are the perfect way to light up your countertops.

Kitchen Night Light

How often do you wake up to grab a glass of water? For safety reasons, you may want to find a spare outlet to plug in a nightlight. While most nightlights are plain, I’d suggest finding one that best matches your kitchen style. It’s often looked over as a way to update your kitchen lighting, but yet, it could be one of the most important lights in the middle of the night!


As you can see, the type of light you have in your kitchen can make a big difference. It’s also an easy way to upgrade your home. Take a look at what kitchen lights you may need to add for both function and style and you’ll see your room in a whole new light!

Looking for more ways to improve your kitchen? Read How To Choose Lighting Fixtures For Your Dining Room And Foyer.

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