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Need a bright idea? Here's our guide to choosing the right lighting for your kitchen.


What you need to know about kitchen lighting

Choosing the right lighting for your kitchen

involves considering both functionality and aesthetics.

Here are some steps to help you make the right choice:


ACCESS YOUR NEEDS

Determine the primary functions of your kitchen. Is it primarily a cooking space, a dining area, or a combination of both? Identify areas that need focused lighting, such as the cooking and food preparation zones, as well as ambient lighting for the overall space.


TYPES OF LIGHTING



CONSIDER KITCHEN LAYOUT

  • The layout of your kitchen will influence your lighting choices. For example, in an open-concept kitchen, you might want consistent lighting that complements the adjoining spaces.


COORDINATE WITH STYLE

  • Choose lighting fixtures that match the overall style of your kitchen. Modern, traditional, rustic, and industrial styles each have their own appropriate lighting options.

  • The finish of the lighting fixtures should also complement the finishes of your kitchen hardware and appliances.


LIGHTING ZONES

  • Divide your kitchen into different zones, such as cooking, dining, and socializing areas.

  • Adjust the type and intensity of lighting for each zone. For example, brighter task lighting over the stove and softer ambient lighting over the dining area.


LIGHTING PLACEMENT

  • Overhead pendant lights or chandeliers are often used above islands or dining tables.

  • Recessed lights can provide even illumination across the entire kitchen.

  • Under-cabinet lighting eliminates shadows on countertops and makes tasks easier.

Kitchen Lighting Placement

BULB TYPES

  • Choose the right color temperature (measured in Kelvin). Warmer tones (around 2700-3000K) are cozier, while cooler tones (3500-4000K) are more energizing.

  • LED bulbs are energy-efficient and come in various color temperatures. They are a popular choice for kitchens.


DIMMER CONTROLS

  • Install dimmer switches to adjust the intensity of the lighting based on the time of day and the mood you want to create.


SIZE MATTERS

  • Ensure that the size of your lighting fixtures is appropriate for the space. A large chandelier might overwhelm a small kitchen, while tiny pendants might get lost in a spacious one.


ENERGY EFFICIENCY

  • Opt for energy-efficient fixtures and bulbs to save on electricity costs and reduce your environmental impact.


Here are some lighting combo options for a recent kitchen design that we've been loving!



Remember, the goal is to create a well-lit, functional, and visually

appealing kitchen that suits your needs and style preferences.

Happy remodeling!

Hummingbird Home Renovation

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