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Kitchen Lighting Overview
Written by Elizabeth Wood
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement


Hands down, the kitchen is one of the busiest rooms of your house. It is the center of communication, food preparing, dining and family gatherings. Selecting the right lighting will enhance your experience, making it a comfortable living space. Kitchen lighting can be easy and affordable, all while giving you the opportunity to set the tone of the family's favorite domain.

There are several areas of the kitchen that need special lighting fixtures. The fixture you select and where you decide to place it, will contribute the overall appeal of your visual senses. Not to mention the practical functions of light. The amount of lighting fixtures will depend on the size of your kitchen. Smaller kitchens may only require one main or central fixture. Larger kitchens may need other fixtures to accent the room.

If your kitchen is fairly small and you are looking to save some money, surface florescent fixtures provide the best light at the lowest cost. Florescent fixtures work best for general lighting of the kitchen. They will offer more illumination then your average bulb fixture. However, if your kitchen requires a certain amount of task lighting for areas around the sink and cabinets, it is a good idea to attach single tube florescent fixtures to your cabinets. Also, you may want to try using recessed down lights.

Another area that often requires task lighting includes the multifunctional kitchen table. It is suggested to use to a fixture that operates with a dimmer control for the area directly above your kitchen table. The ability to adjust the amount of light reflecting off of this area will make doing the usual tasks, such as homework and dining, much more comfortable. Dimmers not only help set the tone, but they conserve energy but allowing you to lower the amount of voltage being used. Also, you can choose a personal design for your decorative lighting pendent. There are many custom designs to select from, with unique dimming functions.

If you are interested in accenting your kitchen more, there are picture lights, wall sconces, and track lighting fixtures that you can add. Accent lighting can be used to capture paintings, drapery, and house plants. There are many ways to get creative with your lighting schemes, bringing out the best of your living space. Special techniques and fixtures for indirect lighting can also be used hide certain areas and spot light others.

Kitchen lighting can be simple and affordable, but knowing the best way to approach the situation can often be tricky. If you need some help with the design of your kitchen lighting, don't hesitate to seek professional guidance. You will be extremely happy knowing that the job is getting done fast, efficiently, and affordably.

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