Selecting the best lighting layout for any room can be a tricky task. It is important to be intentional when deciding on kitchen lighting as it not only helps to make the space more beautiful but also greatly impacts the functionality. Here are some simple suggestions for how to design your lighting layout:
Find Your Focal Point- As we discussed previously in "Designing Your Custom Kitchen" it is important to pick a focal point for your kitchen design. This will help to determine if you need lighting to specifically accent that area or areas. This could include a backsplash, sink, island, or other unique feature.
Pendant Lighting- Decorative pendant lighting adds visual interest to your kitchen and is useful to increase lighting on the work space of an island or peninsula. The size of your island or peninsula will determine the number of pendant lights appropriate for the space. Generally, one pendant light (roughly 6" in diameter) is needed per 30 inches of countertop length. This can be adjusted for the length of the island and the size of the pendant light to find an appropriate proportion for the space.
Recessed Lighting- Recessed or can lighting is perfect for centering over sinks and in walkways of the kitchen. They can also be useful to add extra light over an island where more light is needed than pendant lighting offers. Follow this rule of thumb: for 8 foot ceilings the lights should be roughly 4 feet apart and for 10 foot ceilings the lights should be roughly 5 feet apart. Make sure to use flood light bulbs in your recessed lighting to get the best result.
Under-Cabinet Lighting- To add even more light to your countertop work space, under cabinet lighting is a great option. There are extensive options, from fluorescent to xenon to LED, undermount or recessed, plug-in or hardwired, all that can fit your specific needs and budget. From our experience, linear LED under-cabinet lights seem to be the preferred option. Although they are the most costly initially, they offer the most uniform light distribution, produce a white light, have a long life before needing to be replaced, can be dimmable and are cool to the touch. All of these factors make them a great selection for both functionality and style.
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