The Do’s and Don’ts of Lighting Your Kitchen

We recently divulged a list of lighting Do’s and Dont’s to illuminate the exterior of the home with insight courtesy of our very own Lighting Specialist Anne Suggs. Now, we’re continuing along in the series with a look at best practices for lighting your kitchen. The kitchen has become a primary area for gathering and entertaining, so it’s important to light this space for more than just function, but also for visual appeal. A layered lighting plan is best to create an inviting atmosphere that also promotes safety when using kitchen appliances and preparing meals.

Project completed by Masterpiece Design Group. Photography by Studio KW.
Project completed by Masterpiece Design Group. Photography by Studio KW.
  • DO use task lighting to illuminate kitchen workspaces.
  • DO use LEDs for undercabinet fixtures to improve energy efficiency and cut down on heat emitted from your sources.
Image courtesy of HHHunt Homes
Image courtesy of HHHunt Homes
  • DO install a layered lighting design to provide shadow free light.
  • DO be sure to pick the right pendant for your space.
Project completed by Dy Lynne Decor.
Project completed by Dy Lynne Decor.
  • DO position directional spotlights in line with the edge of your countertops.
Project completed by Synergy Design and Construction.
Project completed by Synergy Design and Construction.
  • DON’T overdo it. The kitchen is one of the most frequently over lit spaces in a home. By choosing the right lighting you can prevent over lighting the space.
  • DON’T forget over cabinet lighting. If you have at least 12 inches above your cabinets you should consider over cabinet lighting.