Mixing and Matching Light Fixtures for Your Kitchen
Having a well lit kitchen is one of the keys to maximizing its functionality and also bringing out the most of its design potential. To keep your kitchen looking its best, it’s important to focus on 3 types of lighting: ambient lighting, accent lighting, and task lighting.
In most cases, interior lighting in a house is primarily ambient. Ambient lighting comes from sunlight through windows during the day, but when it’s dark outside, ambient lighting can come from a light fixture mounted to or in the ceiling. Chandeliers and recessed lights are two popular options for ambient lighting, with chandeliers feeling elegant and classy while recessed fixtures have a sleek, modern feel to it. If you want to spice things up, wall sconces are also a great source of ambient lighting.
Accent lighting is a great way to highlight the details in your kitchen. Using track lights or strategically placed recessed lights can brighten something you want to focus on, such as a decoration. Accent lighting is also commonly found in the form of pendants over a nook or kitchen island. When choosing pendant lights, keep in mind that you’ll want the light fixture to be about 3 feet above the kitchen island.
Task lighting adds bright lights to work spaces you want to focus on in order to improve visibility and reduce glare. Pendants, track lights, and under-cabinet lights are excellent sources of task lighting. They’re great when placed over the stove, oven, and kitchen countertops. For optimal task lighting, choose fixtures or bulbs that provide high lumens to get the most brightness where you need it most.
If you want to see how these types of lights look in person, make sure to check out Planet Granite’s lighting showroom at 700 Ballough Road, Daytona Beach, FL 32114. We have exquisite showrooms that really show off how great a well lit kitchen can look.