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Kitchen Lighting

Ceiling Lights

Chandeliers can be used to illuminate a space above a counter or table while bringing character to a kitchen.  Elegant crystals and intricate iron or brass light fixtures can easily elevate the look and feel in your kitchen.  Mini-chandeliers are the perfect eye-candy accessory for kitchen nooks and breakfast bars.  Unlike chandeliers, pendants do not have arms or tiers and can be grouped together easily.  It is imperative that these fixtures bring out the true décor style of your kitchen because more often than not, they become the main focal point.  Island lighting can also fill this decorative void by providing great task and accent lighting, with the proper dimming system of course.  Other ceiling lights such as flush mount and recessed lighting stay out of the way while providing enough light to complete tasks.

Wall Lights

Under cabinet kitchen lights can be used both for task and ambient lighting. It can eliminate shadows when preparing food and also highlight the kitchen wall backsplash. These fixtures are offered in LED sticks, halogen and xenon lamps, as well as fluorescent.

About Kitchen

Kitchen lighting is pivotal when designing the home. It’s an all-embracing area for the family to gather, dine, play, and work. The lighting is important because it needs to achieve both task fixtures to prepare food and ambient lights to enhance the mood. Dimmers are key here because the preset control panel allows you to program each zone, allowing for instant kitchen lighting settings. Task lighting can be achieved with recessed ceiling lights, pendants, and under the cabinet lights. This kitchen lighting helps you to prepare the food, on the counters or cook on the stove. Island lights can also cast a welcoming light for hanging out or general task light when preparing food in the kitchen. Consider above the cabinet fixtures to cast warm, glowing, upward light.

Mandy's Kitchen Lighting Questions
  • Are dimmers important for proper kitchen lighting?

YES! Dimmers save you money by using less energy.  If you dim an incandescent light bulb 25% you can extend that bulb’s life four times!  Dimmers also help change the mood and allow for both task and ambient lighting.

  • My kitchen and dining area adjoin, how can I create the illusion of separation?

Hanging two or three mini-pendants over a counter create the illusion of two zones.  Make sure to allow for at least 30-40” between the countertop and bottom of the pendant fixture.  When deciding on the space between the fixtures, consider the surface that you wish to illuminate.  Find the center point of the counter, and measure the space for two, three, or four pendants.

  • Can I use the same bulb shape, size, and wattage for each recessed light fixture in my kitchen?

Yes! Since the reflector in the recessed fixture determines the shape of light and the lighting control determines the brightness, fluorescent light sources and pin based lamps work especially well (not screw based lamps). 

  • What’s the best way to properly light a kitchen sink area?

To avoid shadows, it is best to install two fixtures, one above your head and one directly above the centerline of the sink.  Spacing them 15-18” apart over a 30-36” width sink recessed lighting fixtures.  Track and rail fixtures can also help to achieve this premise. 

  • Will fluorescent lighting make my kitchen look really bad?

No but consider these facts first. Choose a “warm white” bulb, which is 2700-3500 Kelvin lamps and make sure the light bounces off of a white or very light ceiling color, so the light will not emphasize the irregularities on the surface. 

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