In order for your modern kitchen to look its best, it needs appropriate lighting in the right places to show off cabinets, countertops, and displays of food. If you’re a homeowner, you’ve invested a lot of money to bring your kitchen up-to-date, and yet if you don’t have good kitchen design lighting, you’re missing the wow! A big factor in making your kitchen a standout.

Back in the day kitchen renovators weren’t aware of what a difference the right kind of kitchen design lighting could make to a kitchen’s appearance. It was a matter of screwing in a fluorescent ceiling fixture and, voila! the job was finished.

LED Lighting

Since then, renovation experts have come to understand kitchen design lighting must not only be attractive but functional too. And it includes lighting appropriate to the tasks to be handled, as well as lighting creating an atmosphere.

The most popular, functional, and cost-effective lighting are LED lights. The 2013 Consumer Kitchen Trends Report says LED lights are the most wished-for item for modern kitchens. The LED lighting is the foundation of a well-thought-out lighting scheme to make your kitchen becomingly attractive. People will be attracted like moths to a flame. The kitchen is a bustling centre of activity, and it is always on display for each and every meal prepared there, plus all the other events you celebrate like holiday meals, birthdays, graduations, and summertime holidays like the Fourth of July. People are flocking to purchase these lights because they closely mimic daylight, and can last up to 50,000 hours.

The kitchen design lighting ideal is to create a warm ambience with layers of lighting and at the same time, create functional task lighting. The way to accomplish form and function in your kitchen design lighting scheme is to use a varied assortment of lights. Following are descriptions of types of lighting and lighting strategies for your kitchen.

Recessed Lighting

Recessed lights are lights recessed into the ceiling. They are appropriate for task areas: sinks, countertops, kitchen islands, and built-in pantries. One strategy to avoid distracting shadows while working at counters and islands is to plant the lights around the room’s perimeter. Other benefits of recessed lighting include showcasing your gorgeous kitchen cabinets to their full effect and casting light into dark corners that can’t be reached by other types of lighting.

To achieve the maximum effect, install a recessed light every four to six feet of ceiling area, alternate wide-angle recessed lights for soft general lighting with narrow-beam lights for task areas.

Be careful not to over-light. Range hoods already contain task lights and don’t need a recessed light targeted on them.

Another thing to be aware of is recessed lights don’t need to hover over a wide-topped refrigerator because the light that turns on when you open the door is sufficient.

Over-Cabinet Lighting

Over-cabinet lights are not made so much for functional reasons as they are made for style and atmosphere. These lights are to be put on top of your cabinets to light up displays and create a warm glow on your walls and ceilings. Two supplemental benefits of using LED over-cabinet lights:

1. They can be kept on all night for the sleepless and hungry at the cost of only $3 per year.

2. They don’t overheat.

Under-Cabinet Lighting

Under-cabinet lights were once thought to be an extravagance. But today they are necessary for task areas that need a splash of bright light. The way to make the best use of under-cabinet lights is to conceal the lights behind the wall cabinets’ edges. In this manner, the lighting is all you see.

If you want maximum lighting for task areas, plant the lights towards the front third of the cabinet. To showcase a lovely backsplash, plant the lights toward the back. Under-Cabinet Bulbs

Four types of LED lights are available for under-cabinet lighting:

1. LED Strip Lights. You can adhere these to cabinets. They are more in demand today due to their energy-efficiency and ease of installation. For a soft light that turns on every time you enter your kitchen, secret them at the top of floor cabinets’ toe kicks and hook them up to a motion sensor.

2. Fluorescent Fixtures. The most affordable but the downside is they give off a bluish light.

3. Halogen and Xenon. They cast a bright light yet become hot to the touch. They are also two to three times the cost of fluorescent bulbs.

4. Pendant Lighting. Pendant lights work well in high-ceiling kitchens, perfect for adding light and an interesting focal point. You want to select a pendant light that spreads light multi-directionally. This will help to refine ambient lighting. You can also select a pendant with a shade designed to focus light on task areas.

Ceiling Fixtures

A popular light at one time, ceiling fixtures are either flush or semi-flush mounted. Their purpose is to offer general lighting, and small kitchens are usually where you will see them. No matter how small or large your kitchen is, a great way to add some style and make a statement is to use a chandelier as your main kitchen lighting. You can always do a combination of recessed lighting, pendant lights and flushmounts in addition to your chandelier. All of these kitchen lighting options have their own particular benefits and can add a lot of variety and value to your new kitchen.

Kitchen Lighting Tips

While redoing your kitchen lighting is a job meant for a professional electrician, you can always assist in the process and be a part of the interior design team by selecting your light fixtures so you can bring all your kitchen lighting ideas to life.

Here are some of the main things you need to consider when redoing your kitchen lighting or choosing a lighting design for your brand new kitchen.

1. Natural light is important

While kitchen lighting fixtures are an integral part of the look and feel of the space, there are other factors that contribute to the interior design look as well. One of those is natural lighting.

This is especially true for the kitchen, so you should definitely consider the amount, type and direction of your natural light and use it to improve your overall lighting design.

2. Use dimmers

Don't hesitate to use dimmers for your kitchen pendant lights, strip lighting, wall sconces and even for your decorative lighting. This way you can control the ambience and feel of your kitchen at any time during the day or night and achieve a better look. This can be applied to all the lighting options you have in your home so you can create a variety of moods and ambiences. Make sure the lighting fixtures you select are compatible with dimmer switches so your electrician can install them and set everything up properly.

3. Mix and match lighting fixtures

Don't restrain yourself to one or two types of lighting only when you can go with all kinds of different combinations. You can go with ceiling lights over your kitchen lighting, task lighting under your countertops, and add additional lighting options here and there to enhance your kitchen's look. No matter what your design goal is, you can never go wrong by combining lighting options and brightening up your kitchen space.