Chandeliers often are used to illuminate the space above a counter or table. They also can add a touch of character to your kitchen, with elegant crystals and intricate iron or brass fixtures easily elevating a space’s look and feel. Mini-chandeliers are the perfect eye-candy for nooks and breakfast bars, while pendants can be easily grouped together. Island lighting also can provide great task and accent lighting, with the proper dimming system, of course. Other kitchen ceiling lights, such as flush-mounts and recessed fixtures, provide ample light for completing tasks.
Bright, focused task lighting is perfect for preparing and cooking meals. The ideal task lighting can be achieved using recessed ceiling lights and pendants. In addition, lighting underneath the cabinets—offered in LED bars, halogen and xenon lamps, and fluorescents—helps to eliminate shadows when preparing food and also highlights the kitchen backsplash. Island lights also can be used to cast a welcoming aura for relaxing and entertaining, while fixtures above the cabinets cast a warm, glowing upward light.
An effective kitchen lighting plan should have a mix of lighting to create a practical workspace and lively entertainment area. Dimmers also are key for easily programming each lighting zone via a preset control panel.