Best Types of Lighting to Illuminate Your Kitchen

Posted on: February 12, 2016

Kitchens are used more often, and are more versatile, than any other room in the home. In years past, they were used solely for meal preparation, typically illuminated by a single, inefficient ceiling fixture, but the kitchen of today is also used for entertaining, homework, dining, and making memories. With such an impressive resume, this hard working room deserves to shine a little brighter, with lighting that makes a statement, helps to get the job done, and creates a feeling of warmth.

Whether you’re interested in installing track lighting, recessed lighting, or any type of kitchen lighting, Hoffman Electrical can help. Contact our skilled electricians today!

The Rule of Three for Lighting

Illuminating your kitchen with just one type of lighting, is like eating the same food for every meal. Different activities require different lighting, so make the most of your space by utilizing all three types:

Ambient Lighting

This is the main lighting source in the room, illuminating the entire space with the flip of a switch. Regardless of the size of your kitchen, there should be an equal distribution of light, which may be best served with multiple units, using either ceiling mounted, or recessed fixtures.  Both direct light downwards towards your work surfaces, but should be placed strategically so that light is coming from multiple directions which eliminates shadowing.

If you prefer a sleeker, modern, uncluttered look, recessed lighting may be your best choice; since the individual units are installed up in the ceiling, it remains a level, uncluttered surface, that isn’t distracting to the eye.

Ceiling mounted fixtures allow you to express your personal taste, and can add a decorative element to the room. Depending on the size and configuration of your kitchen, several units may be required to achieve the desired effect.

A dimmer switch helps you to customize your lighting choice even further, giving you full control over the amount of lighting in the room, lending to the overall atmosphere.

Task Lighting

Work spaces, such as kitchen countertops, sinks, islands, or office/desk area, require a more concentrated, task-oriented level of lighting, to get the job done. Under cabinet, recessed lighting fixtures are the most popular type of task lighting, illuminating corners and spaces ambient lighting may not reach.

Pendant lights are another popular type of task lighting, commonly placed over top of a kitchen island. These lights cast a concentrated, downward beam of light, perfect for food preparation or school project. As with ambient lighting, adding a dimmer switch to either of these adds another layering option, where lights can be turned low after the task is complete, to add a soft, warm glow to the space.

Accent Lighting

This last type of lighting is best suited to an area of the kitchen you wish to highlight, or showcase. Perhaps you have an interesting piece of artwork you want to display, a treasured collection, or have an interesting architectural element, such as a built in cabinet or wall niche.

Track, or recessed lighting are the most popular choices for accent lighting, so long as the recessed lights are adjustable, allowing the light to be focused directly on the featured object or area.

Kitchen Lighting in Hillsborough and Pinellas County

If you’re interested in improving the lighting in your Clearwater, Tampa, or St. Petersburg kitchen, let the experienced electricians at Hoffman Electrical give your home a lighting makeover you will love! Contact us online or call us at 866-238-3243866-238-3243 for a free estimate on kitchen lighting installation in your Tampa or St. Petersburg home.