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How to correctly choose your kitchen lighting

If you’re struggling to choose your kitchen lighting, read our article for our top tips to make the best decision.

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Modern kitchen lighting often seems to default to spotlights only. So, unless it’s in your grandparent's house - where it’s probably one overhead lamp - a lot of kitchens can look and feel similar. We can do so much better! To get us started, when it comes to choosing lighting for your kitchen, it's important to consider both the functionality and the aesthetics of the space. Here are a few key things to keep in mind:

Determine your kitchen lighting needs

First, consider what you'll be using the kitchen for and what kind of lighting you'll need. Do you need bright, task-friendly lighting for chopping and cooking, or do you want softer, ambient lighting for relaxing and entertaining? You'll also need to consider the size and layout of your kitchen and the location of windows and other sources of natural light, such as skylights. Most people now have multi-functional kitchens, so identify what your individual kitchen lighting needs are.

Choose the right fixtures

There are many different types of lighting fixtures to choose from, including pendant lights, chandeliers, recessed lights, and under-cabinet lights. Think about which fixtures will work best in your kitchen based on your lighting needs and the style of the space.

Choose the right fixtures for your kitchen lighting

Consider energy efficiency

LED lighting is an energy-efficient option that can save you money on your energy bills in the long run. Look for fixtures that are Energy Star certified - this means they meet strict energy efficiency guidelines. Aesthetically, LED lights are improving, but it provides artificial light which may not be a good choice for areas where you want to create warmth, so consider mixing these with more traditional yellow-hued lighting.

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Mix and match

It's a good idea to use a combination of different types of kitchen lighting to create a well-balanced space. For example, you might use pendant lights over an island for task lighting, recessed lights in the ceiling for general lighting, and under-cabinet lights for task lighting on counter space.

Use mixed lighting for your kitchen

Think about style

Finally, don't forget to choose lighting fixtures that fit the overall style of your kitchen. Whether you prefer modern, industrial, traditional, or something else, there are plenty of options to choose from. You may choose to add a bronze finish to the lighting or introduce a pop of colour against a greyscale kitchen aesthetic.

By considering these factors, you can choose lighting that not only meets your functional needs but also enhances the overall look and feel of your kitchen.

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FAQs

What is the best lighting for a kitchen?

To choose the best lighting for your kitchen you need to determine your needs: if your kitchen is mostly used for cooking you should opt for a brighter tone. If you want to create a more relaxed ambiance, then you should choose a warmer tone.

Is LED lighting good for a kitchen?

LED lighting is a great energy efficient lighting solution for your kitchen. However, if you want to create a warmer glow, you should mix LED lighting with other lighting.

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