According to the American Lighting Association, today’s kitchen is the center of family activity and the modern home’s busiest room. It is often used as a work area, dining space or a gathering place for family and friends. When it comes to lighting, requirements depend on the size and complexity of the kitchen space.
General kitchen lighting can be achieved with either recessed lighting or a central, decorative chandelier.
- Recessed lighting is best placed around the perimeter of the room and approximately 30″ away from the wall.
- Chandeliers can be used in addition to other lighting in the space. In the kitchen, it is best to use chandeliers with semi-transparent glass shades instead of fabric shades because the glass is much easier to clean.
Undercabinet lighting will quickly and easily illuminate your countertops.
- Place undercabinet fixtures at the front of your cabinet – not against the wall – so the light will be distributed evenly over the area below.
Over the sink or range, recessed downlights assure even illumination. Install them to create adequate task lighting for cooking, baking and scouring pots and pans.
Lighting over the kitchen table is multipurpose – used for dining, homework, hobbies or family business.
Island counters and breakfast bars demand a combination of task and general lighting. A very good solution is to add a group of miniature pendants.
Source: American Lighting Association, Kitchen Lighting, https://www.americanlightingassoc.com/Lighting-Your-Home/Kitchen.aspx